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.
“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
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF|
|2||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF|
|3||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Jonny Reid||Holden Commodore VF|
|4||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Craig Baird||Mercedes E63 AMG|
|5||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Steve Richards||Ford Falcon FG|
|6||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Steve Owen||Ford Falcon FG|
|7||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||David Russell||Nissan Altima|
|8||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VF|
|9||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Steven Johnson||Mercedes E63 AMG|
|12||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Dale Wood||Ford Falcon FG|
|14||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Luke Youlden||Holden Commodore VF|
|15||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Karl Reindler||Nissan Altima|
|17||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon FG|
|18||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||John McIntyre||Ford Falcon FG|
|19||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Marc Lieb||Holden Commodore VF|
|21||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VF|
|22||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Greg Murphy||Holden Commodore VF|
|33||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VF|
|34||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Greg Ritter||Holden Commodore VF|
|36||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Daniel Gaunt||Nissan Altima|
|47||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||Tim Slade||Andrew Thompson||Mercedes E63 AMG|
|55||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Dean Canto||Ford Falcon FG|
|66||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Ryan Briscoe||Holden Commodore VF|
|80||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Paul Morris||Holden Commodore VF|
|88||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||TBA||Holden Commodore VF|
|97||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Jeroen Bleekemolen||Holden Commodore VF|
|360||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Taz Douglas||Nissan Altima|
|888||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Warren Luff||Holden Commodore VF|