04 April, 2018
Radlett-based racing driver, Alex Jones, made a solid start to his 2018 campaign with two top-ten finishes in Rounds 1 & 2 of the Formula Vee Championship, hosted by Castle Combe for their Easter Monday Race Day.
With a flooded track on Monday morning, qualifying was postponed and officials made the decision to release the saloon cars onto the circuit to disperse some of the standing water for the single-seaters.
When the Vee field hit the track, Jones made a sensible call to put in his three banker laps, ensuring a place on the grid for the races, and using the opening minutes to assess the conditions and establish where the standing water was.
As the session continued, a dry line started to appear and Jones was able to push. Despite limited visibility, the 25-year old secured himself grid positions just inside the top 10 out of 30 entries for both of the afternoon's races.
In Race 1, Jones made a strong start, bagging 6th in the opening stages and he enjoyed a scrap with Bears Motorsport teammate, Craig Pollard.
After a hard battle, Jones got in front and went in pursuit of Phil Waterhouse which continued to the end of the race with Jones holding onto P8 at the flag.
With the track dry for Race 2, a mid-field start line incident caused a red flag and the surviving cars were lined up again for a restart.
As the race got underway for the second time, Jones lost ground off the line but he fought his way back up by the end of lap 4 before hunting down Andrew Cooper for 7th.
Jones showed how hard he was pushing as he braked a touch too late at the chicane and had to take to the grass in his pursuit.
Although able to recapture some lost ground, the chequered flag came out before Jones was able to make a challenge and he settled for P8.
"I'm quite happy to start the season with some solid points on the board", said Jones. "It's definitely encouraging and I think we can improve on these results at the next few races. It's a good starting point and we've demonstrated we can be consistently in the top 10 this season.
"There was next to no visibility in qualifying but we managed to stay out of trouble and that really set the scene for two strong races. We were a but unlucky with traffic towards the end of Race 1 which maybe cost us a place or two but that's how racing goes sometimes and overall it's been a good weekend.
"The team did a great job and the car ran faultlessly. Hopefully, we can use this momentum and carry it through to Brands in three weeks."
Rounds 3 & 4 of the Formula Vee Championship take place at Brands Hatch on 21st & 22nd April. In the meantime, Jones will be testing tin-tops for the Citroen C1 Championship at Rockingham on 20th April.