BJR confirms Pither/Wall endurance combination

  • Monday 5th August, 2013 4:55pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Pither at the wheel of the #21 Holden at Queensland Raceway

Pither at the wheel of the #21 Holden at Queensland Raceway

Brad Jones Racing has confirmed that Chris Pither will co-drive with David Wall in this year’s V8 Supercars endurance races.

Pither was part of BJR’s 2012 endurance line-up and rejoins the squad following the tragic death of the originally appointed driver, Allan Simonsen, at Le Mans in June.

The 26-year-old Pither is a regular in BJR’s Dunlop Series outfit and has steered Wall’s Wilson Security-backed Holden during the recent co-driver practice sessions at Townsville and Queensland Raceway.

“It’s great to be doing it for a second year back-to-back and gain some momentum. I’ll be a lot more confident going into this year,” said Pither, having helped Wall to a solid 14th place result at Bathurst last year.

“I’ve done the two co-driver sessions at Townsville and Queensland Raceway, which gives you a taste of the car.

“Although it wasn’t a whole lot of laps it was a great chance to get a taste of the Car of the Future.

Chris Pither

Chris Pither

“The Car of the Future is a lot more like a race car to drive than the old V8s. They feel like they do everything a bit better with the main thing being the change of direction.

“They’re a lot more flowing so it’s more like a real race car would feel and braking is another main difference.”

Prior to 2012, Pither’s only Bathurst start had come in 2008, where he was involved in a heavy practice crash with Paul Weel.

Pither was scheduled to cut more laps in Wall’s car at a test day on Tuesday, but those plans have been postponed until later this month due to weather.

BJR’s announcement leaves just one seat in the 2013 Pirtek Enduro Cup left unconfirmed.

Dean Fiore’s partner at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s remains unknown, with Kiwi international Matthew Halliday heavily favoured to pick up the drive.

The drivers for Triple Eight’s Bathurst-only Wildcard entry are also yet to be revealed.

See below for the updated Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver list

1Red Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupPaul DumbrellHolden Commodore VF
2Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderNick PercatHolden Commodore VF
3Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoJonny ReidHolden Commodore VF
4Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthCraig BairdMercedes E63 AMG
5Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomSteve RichardsFord Falcon FG
6Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonSteve OwenFord Falcon FG
7Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyDavid RussellNissan Altima
8Team BOCJason BrightAndrew JonesHolden Commodore VF
9SP Tools RacingMaro EngelSteven JohnsonMercedes E63 AMG
12Wilson Security RacingChaz MostertDale WoodFord Falcon FG
14Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardLuke YouldenHolden Commodore VF
15Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyKarl ReindlerNissan Altima
17Wilson Security RacingTim BlanchardAshley WalshFord Falcon FG
18Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonJohn McIntyreFord Falcon FG
19Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbMarc LiebHolden Commodore VF
21Wilson Security RacingDavid WallChris PitherHolden Commodore VF
22Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyGreg MurphyHolden Commodore VF
33Fujitsu Racing GRMScott McLaughlinJack PerkinsHolden Commodore VF
34Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematGreg RitterHolden Commodore VF
36Norton 360 RacingMichael CarusoDaniel GauntNissan Altima
47Heavy Haulage Australia RacingTim SladeAndrew ThompsonMercedes E63 AMG
55The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsDean CantoFord Falcon FG
66Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallRyan BriscoeHolden Commodore VF
80ekol RacingScott PyePaul MorrisHolden Commodore VF
88Dodo Insurance RacingDean FioreTBAHolden Commodore VF
97TEKNO Team VIPShane Van GisbergenJeroen BleekemolenHolden Commodore VF
360Norton 360 RacingJames MoffatTaz DouglasNissan Altima
888Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesWarren LuffHolden Commodore VF

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