We are excited to announce that 1980 Formula 1 World Champion and Australian motor racing legend Alan Jones will be our special guest in the Champions Club at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix!
The first driver to win a driver’s crown for Williams, Alan Jones scored 12 F1 victories in a career spanning 1975-1986 and also raced successfully in Can Am, Indy Car, sports cars and touring cars. Alan Jones will be appearing in the Champions Club suite on Saturday, where he will talk about his career and be available to pose for photos and sign autographs for our guests.
Setting a new standard in F1 hospitality, the Champions Club by F1 Experiences offers gourmet meals and snacks, an open bar and additional exclusive benefits such as a guided tour of the F1 Paddock and special guest appearances. Located in the Brabham Skybox on the inside of Turn 1, the Champions Club is one of the best places to watch the action at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.
Alan Jones Biography
Born into a Melbourne motor racing family in 1946, Alan Jones followed in the footsteps of his father, Stan Jones, who won the 1959 Australian Grand Prix and began competing in local motor racing events from a young age. Like many Australian drivers before and after him, Jones decided to move to Europe to further his career. His early efforts were hampered by a lack of funds, but he finally broke into Formula 3 racing in the UK in the early 1970’s and began climbing the ladder to Formula 1 with some promising results.
Alan Jones made his Formula 1 debut at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix, driving a privately-entered Hesketh. After his first team folded a few races later, Jones was drafted in to replace the injured Rolf Stommelen at the Embassy Hill team, where he recorded a best finish of 5th in the German Grand Prix. Jones scored his first full-time F1 drive with the Surtees team for 1976, scoring 7 points and finishing 15th in the World Championship, before moving to the Shadow team in 1977, where he recorded his maiden F1 victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.
The following year was a busy one for Jones, who won the 1978 Can Am Championship in the USA and also completed a full F1 season for the fledgling Williams team. A best finish of second in the late-season United States Grand Prix was a taste of better things to come, as Jones recorded four wins for Williams in the 1979 F1 season and finished third in the Driver’s Championship. Staying on for Williams in 1980, Jones was the class of the field, winning five times to secure the World Championship in emphatic style. Jones narrowly failed to defend his title in 1981 and left Formula 1 on a high, retiring after the last race of the season in the USA, which he won.
Jones returned to Australia, where he won the 1982 Australian GT Championship, but was tempted back to Europe for a couple of one-off F1 outings with Arrows. He also competed in the 1984 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing sixth behind the wheel of a Porsche 956. In late 1985, Jones made an F1 comeback, driving for the newly-formed Haas Lola team. Despite disappointing early results, he stayed on for a full season in 1986 before retiring from Formula 1 for the second and final time.
After Formula 1, Jones competed sporadically in touring cars in Australia, achieving his best results in the early 1990’s driving a Ford Falcon for Glen Seton Racing. He retired from competitive motorsport at the age of 56 in 2002. Alan Jones has been the face (and voice) of Australian Formula 1 coverage for many years and is respected as an authority on all forms of motorsport in Australia.