Brad Jones Racing confirms Gold Coast line-up
Brad Jones Racing has selected a trio of experienced endurance racers to co-pilot their Holden Commodores in October’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars event.
Frenchman Stephane Sarrazin will team with Jason Bright for a second consecutive year, while Fabian Coulthard and David Wall are set to be joined by Gold Coast rookies Nicholas Minassian and Jamie Campbell Walter respectively.
The event will mark the first V8 Supercar appearance for Minassian since he drove with Team Dynamik in the 2003 Sandown and Bathurst enduros.
BJR had hoped to snare Minassian for last year’s GC600 until testing duties with Peugeot’s soon-to-be-extinguished sportscar program rendered the 39-year-old unavailable. Minassian has subsequently spent 2012 driving for a number of private sportscar outfits including Pescarolo and Sebastian Loeb Racing.
Campbell Walter meanwhile is yet to have his first taste of a V8 Supercar. Also 39, the Briton won the FIA GT Championship with the factory Lister Storm squad in 2000, before a chance meeting with BJR team principal Brad Jones two years later.
“I have known Brad (Jones) since he turned up at the Lister Storm workshop one day to meet our then engine builder Rob Benson,” explained Campbell Walter.
“I just so happened to be there that day and got chatting in 2002. I have kept in touch ever since and I am really grateful to Brad for giving me this opportunity.”
Campbell Walter currently drives a McLaren for Gulf Racing in the Blancpain Endurance Series.