Brad Jones Racing gives Brodie a spot on team

What did Team BOC call Jason Bright’s brand new V8 Supercar?

Brodie, of course, in honour of young Wangaratta fan Brodie Pearson whose handwritten note and donation of his $10.20 pocket money touched everyone this week.

Brodie pledged the money to ensure the team had enough cash to build the new car following Bright’s crash at the Clipsal 500 that destroyed the previous chassis — named “The Mistress”.

Following Brodie’s visit to Brad Jones Racing to meet Bright, it seemed fitting to name the car.

“It’s really awesome, the nine-year-old, said of the team’s decision.

Support for the name-change to Brodie on social media since has been overwhelming.

The name itself is unisex, so the tradition of using a female name for a car has not been broken.

Brodie hit the Albert Park track for the first time yesterday as part of the Australian Grand Prix program.

After a shakedown of the car, Bright declared the team ready for action.

“The guys have done an awesome job to build a car from a bare chassis in a week,” Bright said.

“I thought we would be tight for time when we left the track that day — It’s been an amazing turnaround.”

For Bright, the Grand Prix is a chance to fix any issues before the Super- cars battle resumes at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains late this month.

“We need to ensure we don’t have teething dramas, then we’ll go out and try to win it as we usually do,” he said. “We’re approaching this weekend like a normal round.”

Team owner Brad Jones was full of praise for those involved in the rebuild.

“What the guys have achieved here is absolutely sensational,” he said.

“To get the car to the point of completion effectively a day early is a fantastic achievement.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the work ethic and commitment to build a new car from scratch.”

Albury’s David Reynolds, driver of the No.55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon, is also looking to this weekend’s races to get set for Tasmania.

“We are going to Albert Park to improve the car — we will try a lot of things with no pressure,” he said.

“I love the grand prix and enjoy seeing the Formula 1 championship kick off and getting up close to all the new cars, liveries and drivers.

“The world is watching our back yard which is pretty cool.”

After practice and qualifying yesterday, the V8s will compete in four support races over today, tomorrow and Sunday.

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