Versatile V8 Supercars driver Andrew Jones is Jason Bright’s stand-by for this weekend’s Norton 360 Sandown Challenge.
Suffering from a fractured rib, Bright is likely to test his body in the #8 Team BOC Commodore VE in the first practice session tomorrow where he will make a decision if he’ll continue for the duration of the weekend.
Bright, currently 14th in the V8 Supercars Championship, will have more pain killing injections this afternoon in an attempt to be fit to race at the Melbourne circuit.
Bright says that if he deems himself unable to compete, he will step aside for Jones and concentrate on being fit for the Sydney Telstra 500 in two weeks time.
“If from the word go it doesn’t seem possible, I’ll step out and let Andrew run the whole weekend,” Bright told Speedcafe.com.
“My priority is making sure that I’m right for Homebush. If I have the injections here and I can run this weekend, then I will be confident that I can do the same at Homebush.
“If I can’t run here, then I just need to concentrate on getting better over the next two weeks.”
Bright says that injections have improved his situation, but was still feeling tender today.
“It has definitely improved a lot since last weekend, but whether it has improved enough now, I’m not sure,” he said.
“It’s is easy for me to assume I’m going to be OK, but until I get in the car, I’m not going to know.
“I had some injections the other day which take the feeling away from the particular rib in question. That made me feel as though it was going to be definitely possible to race.
“I’m going to have the same injections in the next 24 hours and go out in practice tomorrow to see how it feels.”