Border motor racing’s highest-profile personality has labelled a teenager’s maiden win in a supercar “beyond his years”.
Jordan Boys claimed the opening round in the third-tier Touring Car series at Phillip Island.
“I had a car in that class, so I thought he drove way beyond his years, an amazing job,” Brad Jones said.
Boys is a former Australian karting representative, finishing third in the world championships in 2014.
That was also his first time in that kart, so he’s again displayed the ability to adapt quickly after only one practice session in a supercar at the same venue a week before.
“That definitely helped,” Boys said.
“I had a bit of knowledge and I was a bit more comfortable in the car at the track.”
Boys left karts at 17 and then spent time in the Formula Ford category, which is the go-between karts and supercars.
“I think I learnt a lot quicker than what I thought,” he said.
“I could advance as a driver a lot faster, I think that probably stems from the time I spent in Formula Ford.
“The supercar is quite a heavy car and the horsepower is six times that of a Formula Ford.
“You really need to respect that power and at the same time, you’ve got so much weight, everything takes so much longer to stop after you get to high speeds.”
In a Formula Ford, Boys had a top speed of 230 kilometres per hour. The Supercar hit 280.
“These cars are very capable of doing these sort of speeds, so it doesn’t feel like you’re scaring the crap out of yourself at that sort of speed,” he laughed.
His performance delivered Victorian-based Image Racing its first round victory in four years and Boys is hoping to complete the entire five-round series, pending sponsorship.
“It’s a dream come true for someone to win their first round, so it doesn’t happen very often in any category,” Jones said.
“I think he’s got what it takes … he’s one of the few guys that has a talent to do this.”