Jones Racing Group

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Jones Racing Group, frequently known as just Jones Racing, is a motor racing business managed and owned by Sammy Jones and based in Banbury, England. Established in the latter half of 2010, Jones Racing Group is best known for its F1RWRS team, Castrol Jones Racing, the first ever driver-run outfit in the series. Since then, Jones has gone on to run outfits in numerous other series - the F2RWRS and F3RWRS junior categories and the RoLFS series and it's successor, the IFRC.

Creation and Inaugural Season

Jones Racing was created in the aftermath of the inaugural F1RWRS season in 2010 in which Sammy Jones drove for the West Cliff Racing team alongside Douglas Mann, with both drivers suffering with terrible strategic calls from the pit wall, race after race. Despite Sammy picking up two third places at the beginning of the year, both drivers had had enough. With all the top seats at other teams secured for the upcoming season, Sammy went out on a limb and was the first driver to create his own team in the series, the Jones Racing F1RWRS Team. In order to generate the money necessary to run his own team, Jones went into partnership with his close friend Tex Pearson, a rubber manufacturing magnate, who would bankroll the team through title sponsorship. Pearson's rubber chicken division, RubberTex Chickens was the chosen brand for sponsorship, and the deal between the two men was agreed for three seasons. The team name was altered as a result to RubberTex-Jones Racing, and during the next two seasons was frequently shortened to RTJ Racing, or RJR. A brand new facility was built on the Thorpe Way Industrial Estate in Banbury specifically for use by Jones' team. It was an ideal location, close to where Jones had been born and grown up and was famous for the other motorsport outfits that had been based there, including the Marussia and Simtek F1 teams, Dave Richards' Prodrive operation, and Kenny Roberts Snr's MotoGP team.

Cars built to date

Jones Racing Group has designed and manufactured a range of cars since it's creation. Primarily specialising in open-wheeled single seaters, they have also diversified into other areas such as sportscars, and have engineered manufacturer-supported programs in rallying.

Model Category Series Period used Notes
100 Open-wheel formula F1RWRS 2011 First car designed and built. Won with Chris Dagnall.
101 Open-wheel formula F1RWRS 2012 Runner up in drivers' (with Dagnall) and constructors' titles.
102 Open-wheel formula F1RWRS 2013 (planned) Car originally designed for 2013 F1RWRS season. Scrapped after rule changes.
102B Open-wheel formula F1RWRS 2013 Heavily modified MJR-102 built to meet new rules. Won on debut with Kay Lon.
103 Open-wheel formula F1RWRS 2014 Beginning of greater partnership with Ford in latter half of the season.
104 Open-wheel formula F3RWRS 2014 First car built outside of F1RWRS regulations. Terry Hawkin 2nd overall.
105 Open-wheel formula F1RWRS 2015 2nd in constructors' title, Rhys Davies and Rosco Vantini 2nd and 3rd respectively.
106 Open-wheel formula F3RWRS 2015 First Jones car sold to customers.
107 Open-wheel formula F1RWRS 2016
108 Open-wheel formula F3RWRS 2016 Five teams use 302 chassis.
109 Open-wheel formula F1RWRS 2017 Car currently in development for 2017.
110 Open-wheel formula F3RWRS 2017 Car currently in development for 2017.
111 Closed-cockpit LMP2 ACO Le Mans Cup 2017 First Jones sportscar.