June 23, 2021
The weekend got off to a solid start after qualifying 7th before getting demoted to 12th following post penalties meaning Jenson had a mountain to climb to fight at the front. But “ain’t no mountain high enough” to keep Jenson from doing exactly that as more than halved his qualifying result in heat one to finish 4th and get his confidence back heading into the upcoming heats. Heat two would also see an amazing comeback from Jenson as he stormed his way through to 5th securing more points to build towards his eventual Pre-Final grid position. This meant the Jones team left Whilton on Saturday high in spirits and ready to come back even stronger on Sunday. As a new day began Lady Luck appeared not to be on Jenson side as a brake failure in heat 3 would see an early and certainly unplanned pit stop on the rolling up lap would see Jenson start from the back and come through to 19th salvage a half decent grid slot for the Pre-Final.
Come the Pre-Final the heavens had opened which meant the chance of a comeback increased and Jenson was ready to do exactly that. However, before he had the chance he was sent into the barriers on the rolling lap causing a puncture which would sadly result in a retirement and a back of the grid start in the main final. This frustration only seemed to spur the young talent on further as the final arrived. Now with it all to do, Jenson found a new level and put together the drive of his life charging hard and fast through the field closing in fast on the leaders in the podium positions. Before long the end of the race was nearing and Jenson was hot on the heels of second before making the move with less than a handful of laps to go. Then the bad luck returned as heading into the final complex of corners on the final lap, through no fault of his own, Jenson got sent flying off the track and was robbed of his chances of a podium. He would eventually cross the finish line 5th before a post race penalty (separate from the incident) would drop him to 10th.
While the result was not deserved, Jenson displayed many characteristics of a true sportsman and never gave up until the flag fell on the weekend. We are sure to see Jenson take his rightful place on the podium very soon and he is certainly a talent to watch in the future.
Overall a weekend which showed exactly what the YRDA is all about, Success, Grit and never giving up and we head into the thick of the 2021 season with confidence high and we are ready to win!