Jones teams on solid ground

Brad Jones Racing is looking to a season of consolidation with no changes to its driver pairings.

The Team BOC Commodore will be driven by Jason Bright and Andrew Jones, with Fabian Coulthard and Luke Youlden again team up in the Lockwood Racing Commodore.

It is the third straight year Bright and Jones have teamed up and Bright yesterday said he couldn’t be happier.

“Andrew’s a great fit in the team. He’s also doing the Dunlop series this year so it means he’ll immediately be on the pace,” Bright said.

After strong results at San- down and Bathurst last season, Jones was involved in a heavy crash at the Gold Coast.

“We sat down after the event and I put my head on the chopping block, but the team backed me and I’m grateful for that,” Jones said.

“The continuity in the team is really strong and it’s a privilege to be part of the group again for this year’s Pirtek Endurance Cup.”

This will be Coulthard and Youlden’s second year as a team.

“We have 100 per cent faith in him; we had a bit of bad luck at Bathurst but a good run on the Gold Coast,” Coulthard said.

“He’s fast and reliable and it’s great to have him back with the team this year.”

Team co-owner Brad Jones said Youlden and Jones had been two of the fastest co-drivers on the grid last year.

“Luke has plenty of raw speed,” Jones said.

“That was highlighted with a podium at the Gold Coast and Andrew’s Bathurst run was one of his best.

“He had a tough run at the Gold Coast but he is driving as good as I’ve every seen him drive.

“I’m hoping for some really strong results this season,”

And the Holden Racing Team has confirmed Greg Murphy and Warren Luff as its co-drivers for the three-event enduros which kicks off on September 12 at Sandown, followed by Bathurst and the Gold Coast.

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