Brad Jones Racing is set to welcome a new face to the team as former Williams F1 Team Manager & McLaren Technical Co-Ordinator Peter Vale, joins Brad Jones Racing in the Team Manager role from the Gold Coast event and beyond.
Vale, originally from Sydney, has spent over 25 years working in the UK in various F1 positions, now returns across the pond to take on the challenging role.
The Gold Coast event will be the last for current Team Manager Chris Clark, who is on the move to Melbourne to be closer to family. Clark, has spent over 10 years with the Jones brothers, not only as their team manager in Supercars, but in their Audi Super Touring days.
The opportunity for Vale to join the team was made possible by Chris Clark as they both have spent time working for McLaren in F1. When looking to move on, Chris immediately thought of Vale and how he would be an ideal candidate to step into the role.
Peter joined the team at this years’ Townsville event to spend the weekend behind the scenes, soaking in the Supercars atmosphere and learning about the team and role.
Vale said “Back in late March I spoke with Chris Clark, he let me know of his future plans and asked if I would be interested in returning to Australia with the view of replacing him at Brad Jones Racing in 2018. As a kid growing up in Australia, the Supercar series had a big influence on me and is part of reason why I decided to go to UK and become involved in motorsport. While in the UK I kept up to date with the Supercar Series and the more Chris and I talked over the next several months the more the position at BJR appealed to me.”
“After a very positive conversation between Brad and I; Brad organized for me to attend the Townsville 400 event as a guest of BJR. This gave me the opportunity meet and interact with the team, helping me find out more about BJR, the Supercar and Dunlop Super2 Series first hand. The whole experience was positive so Brad and I agreed to move forward, Brad inviting me to Albury to visit the BJR workshop and meet the rest of the team before I headed back to the UK.”
“I must thank Brad, Kim and Chris for giving me the opportunity to work with the team at BJR and I am really looking forward to being involved with the Supercar Series.”
Jones said “Peter has a lot of technical experience in motorsport, and I think his ideas will be a great asset to the team. He spent the weekend with us in Townsville, then a couple of days back in our workshop to see how we operate at the track and behind the scenes. He already has a few ideas and I think he’ll be really hands on in all areas of the business. From his extensive F1 experience I’m excited to see what he’ll bring to the table and think he’ll be a great contributor to the team.”
Jones added “Chris has spent many years with us and has done a lot for this team. He’s been fantastic in helping us grow over the years, and a really good friend. It’s been great to have him here and we wish him all the best for the next chapter.”
Clark “I’ve enjoyed my time with Brad and Kim, it’s been great to see the business grow over the years. Brad and Kim have been amazing to work with, and the team is a really great group of people. I’m lucky to have been a part of bringing this group of guys and girls together and I look forward to seeing what they can continue to achieve in the future.”
“I’ve known Peter since 1990, I left McLaren as he was coming into the business. Peter is a great operator, and we’ve kept in contact throughout the years. He always had an interest in Supercars so the timing couldn’t be more right for him to get involved. I think Peter will take the team to the next level, it will be a good change and he’ll bring a lot to the team.”
Published: 11 October 2017.