Pither confirmed at BJR for Enduro Cup

Pither at the wheel of the #21 Commodore in June

Pither at the wheel of the #21 Commodore in June. pic: Juliane Caruana

Brad Jones Racing has officially confirmed that Chris Pither will return to its #21 Holden for this year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup.

The Kiwi joins Dale Wood in the Advam-backed Holden, having paired with previous full-timer David Wall in the entry for the last two years.

Pither tested the car in early June and, despite early discussions with Super Black Racing, had been widely expected to take the BJR seat.

Pither took a maiden Dunlop Series race win in Townsville

Pither took a maiden Dunlop Series race win in Townsville. pic: Juliane Caruana

Tim Blanchard also had a brief steer of the #21 Holden at Winton last month, but is understood to now be locked in at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

Official confirmation of the LDM seat will complete the Pirtek Enduro Cup line-ups for all 25 full-time V8 Supercars entries.

Pither says he is looking forward to improving on the 19th place Pirtek Enduro Cup finish achieved alongside Wall last year.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into the number 21,” said Pither.

“For sure the familiarity is advantageous and the miles I’ve been doing recently has definitely put me in a better position than I was last year for sure, so I’m really looking forward to racing and hopefully we’ll be in for a good result.”

Pither competes full-time in the Dunlop Series for BJR, winning the round at Townsville in July and sitting fourth in the points standings ahead of the Bathurst event.

“I really feel like I’m driving well at the moment, the first race win and round win (in Townsville) was awesome,” he said.

“It’s a combination of seat time, improving the car and I’m probably driving it better than I ever have as well.”

Team owner Brad Jones praised Pither’s Dunlop Series efforts, where he races as part of a three-car BJR outfit alongside Jason Bright’s co-driver Andrew Jones and Brad’s son Macauley.

“He’s doing an awesome job in the Dunlop Series at the moment and that’s a great confidence booster leading up to the Enduros,” said Brad Jones of Pither.

“Hopefully he can carry that confidence through to us and we’ll have a great result. He’s a good bloke too, really easy to get along with and that’s important!”

Pirtek Enduro Cup entry list

No. Team Primary Driver Co-Driver Car
1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Paul Dumbrell Holden
2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Warren Luff Holden
4 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Craig Baird Mercedes
5 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Steve Owen Ford
6 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Paul Morris Ford
7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Alex Buncombe Nissan
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Andrew Jones Holden
9 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Alex Davison Mercedes
14 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Luke Youlden Holden
15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly David Russell Nissan
16 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ashley Walsh Ford
17 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Steven Johnson Ford
18 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Cameron Waters Ford
19** Dragon Motor Racing Kristian Lindbom TBA Holden
21 Advam Racing Dale Wood Chris Pither Holden
22 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Greg Murphy Holden
23 Repair Management Australia Russell Ingall Tim Blanchard^ Holden
29* Dragon Motor Racing TBA TBA Holden
33 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Alexandre Premat Volvo
34 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Greg Ritter Volvo
36 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Dean Fiore Nissan
47 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Tony D’Alberto Holden
55 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Dean Canto Ford
97 Team Tekno V.I.P. Petfoods Shane van Gisbergen Jonathon Webb Holden
111* Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ant Pedersen Ford
222 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Oliver Gavin Holden
360 Norton Hornets James Moffat Taz Douglas Nissan
888 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Steven Richards Holden

^unconfirmed pairing

*Bathurst entry only

** Sandown and Bathurst entry only

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