Ju­nior star Jones gets Swift for Su­per­na­tional

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Re­cently crowned MSA Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Sam Jones will step up to the Su­per­na­tional Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in a new Suzuki Swift next sea­son.

Jones, who led the Ju­nior ti­tle chase for most of the 2016 cam­paign in one of the tough­est fields in re­cent years, won’t com­pete in a full pro­gramme of events in 2017 as the 15-year-old fo­cuses on his GCSE ex­ams.

He hopes to race the new car to­wards the end of the sea­son in prepa­ra­tion for a full 2018 at­tack.

“We have re­cently ac­quired a Harry Hockly Mo­tor­sport Suzuki Swift rolling ‘shell, which was an ex-1400 rally car. The mod­i­fi­ca­tions have al­ready been made to al­low a two-litre Vaux­hall en­gine,” said Jones.

Jones had orig­i­nally in­tended to grad­u­ate to the Su­per1600 cat­e­gory, but with Su­per­na­tional grids in­creas­ing in size, he and ex-rally-cross­ing fa­ther Mike have de­cided that Su­per­na­tional will give the best ca­reer pro­gres­sion.

“We looked at Su­per1600, the cost ef­fec­tive­ness made Su­per­na­tional a more at­trac­tive op­tion for us,” added Jones. “In my time in Ju­niors I’ve made some great friends and for me there was no hes­i­ta­tion to stay in ral­ly­cross. I’ve learnt a lot about rac­ing over the past two years. I’ve gone from hav­ing no ex­pe­ri­ence to win­ning races and the cham­pi­onship. Ju­niors was ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive.”

Pre­vi­ous win­ners of the Ju­nior RX se­ries us­ing 1300cc Suzuki Swifts in­clude 2016 Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross cham­pion Kevin Hansen and Swift Sport race win­ner Ai­dan Hills.

Jones won Ju­nior crown

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