Motorsport is Adam Jones’ passion but football is his other sporting love.
And while he hopes to keep his new team in the fast lane for the second round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend he hopes Birmingham City will be revved up for their own race against the clock.
It’s only the fact that Solihull racer will be strapped into the cockpit of his new Cartridge World Carbon Zero Racing SEAT Leon to fly around the Tarmac at Thruxton that will mean he will have to tune in to Blues’ potential Premier League clincher rather than be shouting his encouragement from at St Andrew’s on Saturday.
“I’m a Blue nose and this is a massive weekend for the team,” said Jones. “Hopefully Blues will beat Preston and then we can look forward to the Premier League.
“It would be great to have the chance to play Villa again!”
Like Blues, Jones has endured a unpredictable winter before securing his goal.
The driver – who now lives in Tile Hill, near Coventry – had finished in third place in the independents series in 2008, claiming six podiums overall.
But the credit crunch put the brake on his Team Air Cool team and they had to pull out, leaving his participation in the 2009 series in doubt.
However, Jones’ pace and consistency last season had not gone totally unnoticed and when the Cartridge World team confirmed their BTCC intentions with two bio-ethanol fulled cars Jones was the man they wanted to team up with Gloucestershire’s Dan Eaves.
“It would have been difficult to continue with the same team because of the financial climate,” said Jones.
“But the Carbon World team approached me after my results from the last season and, with the sponsorship, I could take with me it has fallen into place.”
Jones, however, only had a few pre-season publicity laps around Rockingham before lining up in the opening round at Brands Hatch, but a top five place and two seventh spots nudged him into sixth place in the overall standings and fourth in the independents.
“We hadn’t turned a wheel in anger until Saturday practice.
“And if you had told me on Saturday night that I would be sixth in the overall standings and the team fourth I would have said it was likely as Blues winning the FA Cup,” he smiled. “But anything can happen.”