Today we are looking into Alex T W Jones, a 21 year old Formula Vee driver from Radlett in Hertfordshire. The youngster finished his second season in Formula Vee in 28th place in the championship this season. He will have high hopes heading into 2015.
What is the Formula Vee Championship?
The Formula Vee Championship is for competitors participating in single seater racing cars based upon original Volkswagen components of VW type 1. The cars have to use an engine from a Volkswagen type 1 up to 1300cc.
How did Alex’s career first start?
He first started being interested in motorsport when he watched David Coulthard win his first F1 race in Estoril in 1995, when Alex was aged just 2.
Then when he turned 8, he got his first go in a kart. That was when he caught the racing bug. Between the ages of 8 and 18 Alex only got an occasional arrive and drive in karts at his local circuits in Hertfordshire. At age 19, Alex competed in the CSMA North London Karting Region, which was a very competitive competition.
Then 2013 arrived, Alex started his rookie season in Formula Vee. He only managed to compete at three rounds of the championship and the Formula Vee Festival afterwards. The first round was at Brands Hatch in Kent. In race one he came 21st. Then in race two he came 19th out of 25 competitors. Then it was onto Pembrey, in race one he came 13th out of 16. Then he went on to improve in race two to finish 11th out of 16 competitors. The next outing for Alex was at Silverstone. In race one he managed to finish 23rd, then in race two he finished 24th out of 31 drivers. Then his final outing was at the Formula Vee Festival. In heat one Alex had to retire. Then he was unable to get the car out for heat two. Then got an amazing 10th place finish in the final.
For the 2014 season of Formula Vee Alex had purchased his own car to race in. Unfortunately he was only able to enter four out of the seven rounds.
At the first round at Brands Hatch in race one after avoiding crashes and accidents Alex managed to climb up the pack and battle his way up to finish 17th out of 32 runners. Then in race two he unfortunately had to retire after hitting oil that had been leaked onto the track.
Then the next round Alex was able to attend was round three at Castle Combe. In race one of that weekend he got a good, strong start. Sadly on the second lap Alex spun the car but then went on to battle with the other competitors to finish 18th. In race two Alex had some really good battles but unfortunately had a crash with another driver. Alex fought back up through the pack and ended the race in 14th our of 25 competitors.
The next round Alex attended the was at Silverstone, this was round 5. In race one Alex got a poor start and dropped down to the back and battled his way up to 17th before a red flag came out and ended the race early. In race two he got a good start but unfortunately spun the car at Abbey whilst he was trying to avoid a car which was already spinning. He fought back up to end 16th out of 31 cars.
Then it was onto Donington Park for round 7. In race one Alex unfortunately got taken out by a rookie driver who made a late lunge down his inside at the turning point of the corner. Alex soldiered on after going a lap down due to pitting. He went out, unlapping himself from the back markers quickly. He still posted a good time, but with damage. The damage he had sustained was a buckled right rear tyre and the front tracking was knocked out of place. Then in race two Alex had some great battles and finished an amazing 10th out of 24 competitors.
Alex’s final racing event if 2014 will be at Brands Hatch on 22nd and 23rd November. There will be a follow up report on him and his results afterwards.
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© Fay Tilley 4th November 2014