Brad and Kim Jones have tasted success with their own team in just about every category they have tackled and in 2020 will again continue their assault on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, armed with four ZB Commodores and an equal amount of talent behind the wheel.
Brad Jones Racing continued to show it has what it takes in the world’s most competitive touring car series in 2016.
The Albury based team was untouchable in the Winton SuperSprint, with new signing Tim Slade clinching his maiden win and backing it up the next day in a commanding performance.
2017 sees Slade joined by fellow South Australian, with reigning Clipsal 500 Champion Nick Percat replacing Jason Bright.
The team has a knack for innovation and intelligent car design; their most successful season was 2013, when they adapted to the new Car of the Future regulations with great aplomb, and scored five race victories through the efforts of Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard.
Their most memorable victory was Bright’s Pukekohe triumph, which secured the inaugural Jason Richards Memorial Trophy for the late driver’s old team.
Brothers Brad and Kim Jones joined V8 Supercars in 2000, following super successful results in every category they contested, including AUSCAR, NASCAR, Production Cars and Super Tourers.
Initially starting as a single car team for Brad, BJR expanded to an extra car in 2002 for the experienced John Bowe.
BJR made one of its biggest-ever switches in 2008, moving from Ford to Holden with a pair of ex-HRT Commodores and the signing of Cameron McConville to pair with former V8 Development Series Champion Andrew Jones.
In 2009, the evolution continued with Jones stepping aside for the highly rated and very fast Jason Richards, who reunited with long time engineer Wally Storey. The developments started to bear fruit, Richards and McConville pairing up to finish the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in a strong second place.
Jason Bright joined the team in 2010, along with West Australian Karl Reindler as the team expanded to three Commodore entries. Jason Bargwanna replaced Richards in 2011 after Richards was diagnosed with cancer late in 2010.
2011 was a bittersweet year. While much of the focus was on Richards’ off-track cancer battle, Jason Bright lifted the team’s spirit by delivering its first-ever race victories at Barbagallo and Winton.
Richards sadly passed away on December 15, 2011. A commemorative sticker in his honour will be displayed on every BJR V8 Supercar for years to come.
Team Principal: Brad and Kim Jones
Team Manager: Peter Vale
Commercial Manager: Kim Jones
Debut: 2000 (Phillip Island Rd 1)
Full Time Driving Line Ups
2000-01 – Brad Jones
2002-06 – Brad Jones, John Bowe
2007 – Andrew Jones, Brad Jones, Simon Wills
2008 – Andrew Jones, Cameron McConville
2009 – Jason Richards, Cameron McConville
2010 – Jason Richards, Jason Bright, Karl Reindler
2011 – Jason Bright, Jason Bargwanna, Karl Reindler
2012-13 – Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard, David Wall
2014-15 – Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard, Dale Wood
2016 – Jason Bright, Tim Slade, Tim Blanchard
2017 – Tim Slade, Nick Percat
2018-19 – Tim Slade, Nick Percat
Stats as of January 2019
Race Wins: 12
Pole Positions: 15
Best Bathurst Results: 2nd
1997 – Brad Jones/Frank Biela
2001 – Brad Jones/John Cleland
2009 – Jason Richards/Cameron McConville
2016 Teams Championship Position: 6th
2017 Teams Championship Position: 8th
2018 Teams Championship Position: 6th