Jason Bright claims Jason Richards trophy in Race 9

Jason Bright cradling Jason Richards' daughter Sienna and saluted by the late driver's wife Charlotte on the podium. Pic: Neville Bailey

Jason Bright cradling Jason Richards’ daughter Sienna and saluted by the late driver’s wife Charlotte on the podium. Pic: Neville Bailey

Jason Bright recorded one of the most meaningful wins of his career by ensuring the Jason Richards trophy fell into the right hands at Pukekohe Park.

Bright’s victory in the Race 9 finale choked up his Brad Jones Racing team garage with emotion.

With Richards’ widow Charlotte and daughters Sienna and Olivia and his parents cheering on from the BJR bunker, Bright used all his guile to write the final chapter in a script written to the perfect end play.

Moments before climbing into the BOC Commodore Bright received a wave from Sienna, 5,  a daughter of the late Richards in a final piece of motivation to get the job done in the memory of the former BJR racer.

“I stayed up all night thinking about today. I put a lot of thought into coming up with the right set-up for this meeting,” Bright said.

“Look this is the most meaningful win in my career by miles. Obviously I won Bathurst in 1998 and that was special but it comes around every year,” the teary racer told Speedcafe.

Jamie Whincup rocketted away from poleman Bright at the start but inside the first 10 laps of the 35-lap race Bright nabbed the lead back.

The V8 veteran had extended his lead over Whincup to 3s by lap 25.

In the closing tours of the 2.9km circuit Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team) overtook Whincup for second with the Red Bull driver settling for third after showing his early dash.

Bright’s BJR team-mate Fabian Coulthard finished fourth in another strong display in the Lockwood Commodore. Going into Race 9 Bright was behind Davison on collated points for the weekend but courtesy of the fairytale win he overtook the FPR driver in weekend points to ensure the trophy would travel home to Albury with the BJR outfit.

“There was only one team this trophy was going to. I was absolutely determined. I reckon I had a little bit of JR’s help over the weekend as well,” Bright told Speedcafe.

Will Davison, the Race 8 winner, has speared into the lead of the championship after the New Zealand weekend, moving to 697 points, dislodged previous leader Whincup who is now 16 points in arrears with Craig Lowndes third on 591 points.

Whincup while downcast at the overall outcome of the weekend rightly choose the right words when quizzed about his thoughts on loosing the lead in the Championship.

“I had a tough weekend. But this is one of the great motor racing stories that has unfolded this weekend,” Whincup said.

“Today is not about me or our team.”

V8 SUPERCARS: Results Race 9 – Pukekohe 

Position

Driver

Team

1

Jason Bright

Team BOC

2

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

3

Jamie Whincup

Red Bull Racing Australia

4

Fabian Coulthard

Lockwood Racing

5

Will Davison

Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford

6

James Courtney

Holden Racing Team

7

Alex Davison

Jeld-wen FPR Ford

8

David Reynolds

The Bottle-O FPR Ford

9

Craig Lowndes

Red Bull Racing Australia

10

James Moffat

Norton 360 Racing

11

Shane van Gisbergen

TEKNO Team VIP

12

Alexandre Premat

Fujitsu Racing GRM

13

Russell Ingall

Supercheap Auto Racing

14

Todd Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

15

Rick Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

16

Michael Caruso

Norton 360 Racing

17

Tony D’Alberto

Team HIFLEX

18

Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosports

19

David Wall

Wilson Security Racing

20

Tim Blanchard

Wilson Security Racing

21

Maro Engel

SP Tools Racing

22

Lee Holdsworth

IRWIN Racing

23

Tim Slade

Heavy Haulage Australia Racing

24

Mark Winterbottom

Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford

25

Jonny Reid

Wilson Security Racing

DNF

Dean Fiore

Dodo Insurance Racing

V8 SUPERCARS: Championship points after Race 9 – Pukekohe 

Position

Driver

Points

1

Will Davison

697

2

Jamie Whincup

681

3

Craig Lowndes

591

4

Garth Tander

553

5

Fabian Coulthard

552

6

Jason Bright

539

7

Shane van Gisbergen

532

8

James Courtney

510

9

Jonathon Webb

477

10

Scott McLaughlin

457

11

Mark Winterbottom

448

12

Russell Ingall

421

13

Rick Kelly

378

14

Alex Davison

355

15

James Moffat

349

16

Tony D’Alberto

346

17

Alexandre Premat

318

18

David Reynolds

302

19

Lee Holdsworth

298

20

Dean Fiore

295

21

David Wall

290

22

Michael Caruso

268

23

Tim Blanchard

261

24

Tim Slade

220

25

Scott Pye

214

26

Maro Engel

159

27

Todd Kelly

151

28

Jonny Reid

149

 

 

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