Alan Jones, Australia’s last Formula 1 World Champion, has been announced as one of thirty inaugural inductees into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.
The scheme is an initiative of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, which aims to recognise the high achievers across every discipline of motorsport in the country, including Formula 1, touring cars, motorcycles, speedway, drag racing, rallying and karting.
The son of pre-war racer Stan Jones, Alan became Australia’s second Formula 1 World Champion after Sir Jack Brabham by winning the 1980 Drivers’ Championship title for the Williams team. His success laid the platform for many future World Champions in Sir Frank Williams’ eponymous team.
After moving to the UK with just a few dollars in his back pocket and big dreams of making it all the way to Formula 1, Jones achieved his ambition when he debuted at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix in a Hesketh. He quickly moved to Graham Hill’s Embassy team before having another short-lived stint with the ailing Surtees outfit.
In 1978, Jones moved to the Shadow team and claimed an unexpected maiden win in the wet at the Österreichring, which was the launchpad to securing a seat at Williams in 1979. In three seasons with the team, Jones won a further eleven times before announcing his retirement at the end of the 1981 season, narrowly failing to claim back-to-back titles thanks to early-season reliability issues.
He made a brief F1 comeback in 1983 with Arrows before having another crack in late 1985, joining the Beatrice Haas Lola concern, for whom he raced with little success until the end of 1986.
“I’m extremely honoured to have been chosen to be a participant of this award. I’m really looking forward to being in the room with so many successful and famous luminaries of motor sport,” Jones said of his latest accolade.
Jones will be recognised alongside other luminaries such as five-time 500cc motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan and the late touring car icon Peter Brock.
The inaugural Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame gala will be held as a black-tie event on Saturday March 19. Tickets are available via the CAMS website.
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