Junior star Jones gets Swift for Supernational
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