Brad Jones Racing are excited to confirm their driver pairings for the upcoming 2017 Pirtek Endurance Cup.
After a brilliant performance in the 2016 Endurance Cup races, notably the Bathurst 1000, Ash Walsh will again be behind the wheel of the Freightliner Racing Commodore with Tim Slade for the duo’s second year together. Ash currently sits in equal 6th place in the 2017 Australian GT Championship.
A successful test at Winton last month sees Todd Hazelwood joining Tim Blanchard in the #21 Team CoolDrive Commodore. This is Todd’s first time contesting the Supercars Endurance Cup and he is more than ready to step up to the challenge. With two years’ experience as the #21 Co-Driver, Macauley Jones will step out of the Team CoolDrive Commodore to join Nick Percat in Car #8.
Todd “I am very proud and excited to be joining Tim Blanchard and Team CoolDrive in the 2017 Pirtek Endurance Cup. I look forward to the challenge and seeing what Tim and I can achieve together.”
“Tim has a great team around him at Brad Jones Racing and after working alongside the crew at Winton I can see myself fitting in really well and getting the most out of myself in the car. Although I have only driven the CoolDrive Commodore in the wet around Winton, I felt really comfortable and cannot wait to do some dry running soon.”
“Being my first endurance campaign I will be learning at a great rate and taking in as much as I can to assist Tim. The BJR team showed last year their cars have great potential during the endurance season and I feel with the right preparation Tim and I can really put together some strong results.”
“Big thank you to Tim Blanchard and Brad Jones Racing for the opportunity. I cannot wait for Sandown in September!"
Macauley "I'm very excited to be pairing with Nick for the Pirtek Endurance Cup, he's won Bathurst before and was on the podium again last year which is a really cool achievement."
“I’ve been racing go-karts with Nick over the past couple of months and we’ve been helping each other out a lot. We’re working really well together and I’m eager to see what this new opportunity brings.”
“It’s my third year stepping up as a co-driver and I’ve got the additional bonus of doing a couple of events as a wildcard. I feel my preparation going into this has been my best yet so I can’t wait to get on track for the biggest and best races on the Supercars calendar.”
Team Boss Brad Jones “The new pairings in Nick & Macauley and Tim & Todd will be exciting to watch. Macauley and Todd are doing a brilliant job in the Super2 Series and the new pairings will provide them both with a fresh challenge. I believe they will both rise to the occasion and do a great job, and Nick and Tim agree.”
Andrew Jones steps down from co-driver duties after 10 years behind the wheel and will continue to lead the team’s Super2 Series program.
Andrew Jones “I’ve achieved some great things in my Supercars career and worked with some fantastic people. There are many fond memories from over the years; it’s now time for me to step back and give another guy a chance. Todd Hazelwood is a great kid and works really hard to be where he is. It will be great to have him as a part of the team and see what he can do. I’ll still be in the Alliance Truck Parts Commodore in the Super2 Series and will continue to work hard with those guys.”
Published: 21 June 2017.