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HISTORY OF BRAD JONES RACING

As the only V8 Supercar team to be located in a regional centre, Albury (NSW) based BJR has one of the strongest pedigrees in Australian motorsport. With brothers Brad and Kim at the helm, BJR have won ten national titles in five different categories, in over 19 years of professional motorsport.

Having won in championships in AUSCAR (4), NASCAR (1) and Production Cars (1) and after five years as the official Audi Australia factory team, during which it twice won the driver championship and the manufacturer's crown, Brad and Kim moved into the world of V8 Supercars.

In 2001, the Jones brothers established their V8 Supercar outfit from the assets of Tony Longhurst's Falcon team - including his car and Level One franchise.

In their fourth season campaigning V8 Supercar's, they won their first V8 Supercar title; the 2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series with Andrew Jones at the wheel.

Since then, the team freely admits they have not yet reached their full potential, other than blistering performances at the legendary Bathurst 1000.

2006 and 2007 didn't go to plan for the team. With several driver lineup and management changes the team struggled to find their feet. In 2008 however, the team joined forces with Holden, and signed a supply agreement with Walkinshaw Performance to bring the team back to the forefront of Australian Motorsport.

2009 saw a continuation of the Walkinshaw Performance supply agreement. Jason Richards was very fast early in the season scoring top 5 finishes at the first few rounds. A pole position at Hidden Valley and a fastest qualifying performance and podium finish at the Bathurst 1000 were the highlights for the Albury based outfit.

Jason Bright's signing to replace the retiring Cam McConville, for the 2010 season placed BJR in a strong position. The team secured Trading Post as naming rights sponsors for the No 14 VE Commodore replacing WOW Sight & Sound. Fair Dinkum Sheds joined the team as naming rights sponsor on a third VE Commodore and was driven by V8 Rookie Karl Reindler. BJR prepared and ran this car under Jason Bright's Britek Motorsport licence.

The 2010 season was a successful time for BJR. Leading V8 Supercar race engineer Phil Keed joined the team and reunited with Jason Bright. The two had shared a winning partnership previously at PWR and FPR.

Jason Richards continued to show incredible speed with his fastest qualifying position at the Hidden Valley round and possibly the drive of the year at Phillip Island where with co-driver Andrew Jones fought back from a drive through penalty to finish on the podium in third position. BJR's other car was also finding form in the second half of the season with Jason Bright scorching around Bathurst to post the fastest qualifying time and following up the effort with a 4th place finish. Jason Bright's great car speed and qualifying form continued late into the year with a third place podium finish at the Symmons Plains round in Tasmania and finally a second place finish in the opening race at the season ending Telstra Sydney 500.

The team's on track success was tinged with sadness late in the year with the news that Jason Richards had been diagnosed with cancer. Richards drive for the last two rounds was handed to co-driver Andrew Jones.

With Richards continuing his treatment into the start of the 2011 season, the team employed the services of Jason Bargwanna. Bargs joined the team from Kelly Racing and drove the No 14 Jana Living Racing VE Commodore. Jason Bright switched teams to replace JR in the Team BOC Commodore this year. The year finished on a very sad note with Jason Richards losing his 14 month battle with cancer. Although gone, he will always be considered part of the Brad Jones Racing family.

2012 saw the team receive major support from two new sponsors. Lockwood AssaAbloy stepped up to take over the naming rights on Car 14, Fabian Coulthard joined the team from Walkinshaw Racing to just miss the top ten in the driver's championship. Wilson Security also joined the team as the naming rights sponsor on the team's third entry. Team co driver from 2010/2011, David Wall stepped up to a fulltime V8 Supercar drive as driver for the No 21 Wilson Security Racing VE Commodore. Jason Bright continued into his third year with the team in the No 8 Team BOC VE Commodore.

2013 saw the team debut three brand new Holden VF Commodores built in house at the team's Albury Workshop. It was a breakout year for the team with the drivers Jason Bright and Fabian Couthard finishing 7th and 6th respectively in the driver's championship. The team scored eight wins and twenty seven podiums to claim third spot in the team's championship.

2014 started with a boom, crash, bang! Jason Bright had the crash of the year at the Clipsal 500 round, after a rolling start saw three cars wide into a two car corner, Jason bright was in a spectacular crash that I'm sure no V8 Supercar fan missed. The car was a total write off, and this saw a birth of a new car – called Brodie. Why Brodie? Young local Team BOC fan Brodie donated his pocket money ($10.20) to the team to help them build the new car. The support the team received was incredible and showed just how loyal and strong the V8 Supercar community is. The team worked relentlessly to build the new car, completing this amazing feat in just seven days.

In what was a consistent season for the Team BOC Commodore the team had its share of ups and downs. Highlights include a race win at Pukekohe and Pole Position at Homebush in the final round of the season. Jason Bright ended his 2014 campaign in 11th position, just outside his usual top ten championship position.

2015 was a milestone year for Team BOC with many great achievements being accomplished throughout the year. Round 1 at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 marked BJR's 100th round with manufacturer Holden. BOC celebrated their 150th round as a naming rights sponsor at the Gold Coast 600, the longest standing current naming rights sponsor and putting them 3rd on the all-time list. Jason Bright had his 500th V8 Supercars race start at Townsville which was celebrated with a retro livery – a throwback to the teams' first ever win at Perth in 2011.

Brighty scored a couple of podiums in 2015; earning his 50th V8 Supercars podium at the final round in Homebush. This makes him the 10th driver in history to have 50 podiums to their name. Some mega accomplishments in the history books. Jason Bright was finding good form at the end of the season and looks forward to continuing this momentum into the 2016 season in the Team BOC Commodore.

TIMELINE:

V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Jason Bright, Tim Slade, Andrew Jones
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard, Andrew Jones, Luke Youlden
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard, Andrew Jones, Luke Youlden
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard, Andrew Jones, Luke Youlden
Best Round Result: 3 Wins and 1 third place finish Rd 2 Symmons Plains Tasmania
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard, Andrew Jones, David Besnard, Stephane Sarrazin, Nicolas Minassian
Best Round Result: 3rd Jason Bright R11 Phillip Island
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Jason Bright, Andrew Jones, Jason Bargwanna, Shane Price, Stephane Sarrazin, Allan Simonsen
Best Round Result: Winner Jason Bright R4 Barbagallo Raceway
Winner Jason Bright R5 Winton Raceway
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Jason Richards, Jason Bright, Andrew Jones, Matt Halliday, Alain Menu
Best Round Result: 2nd Jason Bright R14 Telstra Sydney 500
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Jason Richards, Cameron McConville, Andrew Jones, Brad Jones
Best Round Result: 2nd Jason Richards/Cameron McConville R10 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Andrew Jones, Cameron McConville, Brad Jones, Max Wilson
Best Round Result: 3rd Cameron McConville R2 Clipsal 500
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Brad Jones, Andrew Jones, Simon Wills, Damien White, Christian Murchison
Best Round Result: 7th Andrew Jones R3 Oran Park
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Brad Jones, John Bowe, Dale Brede, Mark Porter, Michael Caruso
Best Round Result: 5th Jones/Bowe Sandown 500
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Brad Jones, John Bowe, Dale Brede, John Cleland
Best Round Result: 9th Jones/Bowe Sandown 500
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Brad Jones, John Bowe, Andrew Jones, John Cleland
Best Round Result: 3rd Jones/Bowe Bathurst 1000
V8 Supercar Development Series
Driver: Andrew Jones
Result: V8 Supercar Development Series Champion
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Brad Jones, John Bowe, Andrew Jones, John Cleland
Best Round Result: 4th Jones/Bowe Sandown 500
V8 Supercar Development Series
Driver: Andrew Jones
Result: 1st Andrew Jones Winton Raceway
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Brad Jones, John Bowe, Andrew Jones, Matthew Coleman
Best Round Result: 10th John Bowe Canberra 750
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Brad Jones, John Cleland
Best Round Result: 2nd Jones/Cleland Bathurst 1000
V8 Supercar Championship Series
Drivers: Brad Jones, Tomas Mezera
BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones, Matthew Coleman
BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones, Cameron McConville
Result: BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Champion
BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones, Cameron McConville, F.Biela, J.Hemroulle
BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones, Greg Murphy, Tamara Vidali
Result: BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Champion
Australian NASCAR Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones
Result: NASCAR Champion
Australian Production Car Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones
Result: Australian Production Car Champion
Australian AUSCAR Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones
Result: Australian AUSCAR Champion
Australian AUSCAR Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones
Result: Australian AUSCAR Champion
Australian AUSCAR Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones
Result: Australian AUSCAR Champion
Australian AUSCAR Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones
Result: Australian AUSCAR Champion
Australian AUSCAR Championship
Drivers: Brad Jones
Result: Australian AUSCAR Champion

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