BJR confirms impending Bright exit
Brad Jones Racing has confirmed that Jason Bright will leave the team at the end of the current season.
Although not yet announced, Speedcafe.com understands that Bright will be replaced in the #8 Holden by Nick Percat.
The 28-year-old Percat will switch to BJR from Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, where he has spent the last two seasons.
Bright, 43, has raced at BJR since 2010, taking the team’s first Supercars race win at Barbagallo the following season.
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“It’s been fantastic having Jason here over the years, he has been an instrumental part in making our team what it is today,” said Brad Jones in a statement.
“Jason has been in Supercars for almost 20 years, and seven of those have been with us. We’ve achieved a lot together, so there are many fond memories.”
Bright co-owns the #21 Racing Entitlements Contract currently run as BJR’s third car and is understood to have been offered a deal to stay on at the Albury-based team as a co-driver.
The veteran has however held talks with several teams, including LDM, over recent weeks that would see him continue as a full-time driver running under the #21 REC.
In a statement Bright expressed his confidence of remaining on the grid in 2017.
“The team Brad and Kim have put together in Albury have been a pleasure to work with,” he said.
“The majority of the guys here now were here in my first year in 2010 which says a lot about the culture that BJR has.
“I never thought I would drive for a team for seven years straight but BJR has made my time here a very satisfying chapter in my Supercar career.
“I will have to be careful not to pull into the wrong bay for a pit stop next season and incase I do I hope they can change my tyres.”
Jones told Speedcafe.com at the weekend that his team intends on remaining with its current three-car structure regardless of the future of the #21 REC.