Jenson Jones Racing
When I was 6 years old I wanted to take up racing myself which found us at Daytona Raceway one cold January morning 2019 to complete my bambino karting modules and I haven’t looked back since.
I started on a Wright kart in February 2019 and ran the Comer C50 engine, testing initially at Whilton Mill, Daventry on a Wednesday evening. I was thrown in at the deep end, entering the National Bambino Karting Championship (BKC) in the March of the same year. The race format was time trials, which I just couldn’t seem to get my head around and wanted wheel to wheel racing, much to my Dad’s disappointment as the dream of seeing me in my own rally car one day was fast disappearing!
I stepped up to Iame Bambino in June 2019 to prepare me for the 2020 season. 2019 was very much a learning curve, as I knew I didn’t have much time in this class before my age would mean I had to progress to Cadets.
2020 started with wins and podium finishes in every race until Covid hit, showing that my hard work and preparation was paying off. Throughout lockdown there was no sign of when we would be allowed out to race again so my dad brought me a Synergy Cadet and started selling my Bambino race engines and chassis.
Racing resumed and I wanted to race a few more times with my friends that resulted in a few more podiums and a 3rd at the Superone national championships, leaving us in the top three of four different championships, all achieved on my old, original equipment!
After a 2nd place finish at Hooton IKR and my 8th birthday, I decided it was time to move to cadets. Because I had started my karting journey late, I knew I would have to move through the classes at a faster rate than other drivers.
My aim is to enter the British National Championship in 2021, as to be the best, you have to learn from the best. This means I have to gain 12 signatures in MSA races to get my National licence and I have already got my first cadet podium at Shennington. I came 2nd place and also got the top novice driver award.
In August 2020 I got the fantastic opportunity to go for a trial at Arden Motorsport’s Young Racing Driver Academy. YRDA has seen drivers joining the F4, FR2.0, GP3, F3, F2, GT3 and GT4 Championships and currently 13 drivers who have raced for Arden have joined the F1 grid.
I was very happy to be offered a place in the academy programme as one of their youngest ever drivers, to begin my path to Formula 4. This means at the age of 12 and 3/4s if I continue with my determination, preparation and learning I could be testing in a formula 4 car and living my dream.