BJR restructure gives Coulthard title shot
Fabian Coulthard feels Brad Jones Racing has made significant steps towards becoming a V8 Supercars Championship title contender after a drought-breaking win in Race 2.
Coulthard capitalised on Jamie Whincup’s misfortune to slice to his first race win since Winton almost 12 months ago.
BJR undertook a restructure in the off-season with Andrew Edwards promoted to a new role as chief of the engineering department.
“I definitely feel like we are heading in the right direction,” said Coulthard, who continues to be engineered by Phil Keed.
“The way we went about Christmas and made a few changes and the engineering restructure in the off season I think that’s helped.
“It aids us having someone overseeing the whole engineering group which at times we have needed.
“It’s a step in the right direction but we have got a little bit to go.
“We will just work at it and keep chipping away being consistent and getting the points.”
Coulthard acknowledged he had inherited the victory following Whincup’s high speed tyre blow out.
“We were there or thereabouts and to get Jamie it took something like that to happen,” he said.
“Sometimes you have to be there to pick up the pieces.”
Coulthard dedicated his victory to the memory of Geoff Paradise, a former colourful former motoring writer who headed up Freightliner’s communications department.
The truck company joined the BJR operation as a major backer for this season.
“It was a bit of a sad week for us. The previous week we lost Geoff Paradise so I would just like to dedicate this win to him,” said Coulthard.
The victory came in BJR’s 100th event running Holdens, with the team having campaigned Fords during its first eight years in the championship.