Third a feather in BJR’s cap

BRAD Jones Racing heads to the last rounds of the V8 Supercars in rare air — third in the team’s championship, two drivers in the top 10.

With eight wins and 28 podiums it is arguably the team’s best season since switching to the V8s at the turn of the century.

Yesterday the team’s three cars were loaded onto trucks at East Albury, the B-doubles full of spares for the journey to Sydney and practice rounds on Friday.

But co-owner Kim Jones said the job wasn’t finished just yet.

“We started the year with the fastest cars and showed at Phillip Island when we were on the front row that they are still quick,” he said.

“It would be nice to finish with two wins, at least podiums.

“But the Sydney race is known for its dramas and, if there is rain about, who knows what might happen.

“We have seen in recent rounds that the drivers and teams are still pushing it to the limit and it is pretty rough and tumble.

“People are taking risks that they normally wouldn’t take and this is a dangerous circuit at the best of times.

“It’s like racing in a tunnel and easy to get caught up in other people’s messes.”

The final two rounds of the 36-race series will be held on Saturday and Sunday, each 74 laps on a street circuit carved out of the Homebush Olympic precinct.

Jones said their aim was to finish third in the team’s championship, while Fabian Coulthard who sits in fifth spot in the drivers title can “realistically” only pinch fourth spot.

Jason Bright, who drives the BOC car, is in eighth heading into the final two races.

“You are never happy to be second loser but relative to where we have been in the past it is a great result and it’s a team result, a real team effort,” he said.

“Third is a feather in the cap but next year we are aiming at No. 1.

“Fabian is fifth and pushing to get fourth in the drivers.”

Saturday’s race starts just after 5pm, while Sunday’s final race starts just after 3pm.

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