COTF UPDATE: Brad Jones Racing
By: V8 Supercars
BRAD JONES Racing Team Manager Chris Clark has told V8Supercars.com.au that his team is ‘well advanced’ on the build of their second and third Car of the Future (COTF) chassis.
BJR was yesterday the last of the ‘accredited’ COTF chassis constructors to shake down their first 2013 entry, Fabian Coulthard completing a successful 60 kilometres of running in Jason Bright’s Team BOC entry at the brand new TAFE Motorsport Training facility near Wodonga.
However, Clark says BJR was well on the way to completing their full fleet of cars ahead of the full V8 Supercars official pre-season test at Sydney Motorsport Park, on February 16.
“Our second chassis has the loom in, the piping work and the air jacks all in,” Clark told V8Supercars.com.au, following their shakedown yesterday.
“The fuel tanks are actually going together as we speak. We’re working from build kits and have the old production line happening - we’re taking limited amounts of people away to tests and shakedowns, like this, so most of the guys can focus on building the cars.
“The third chassis is in the manufacturing area. It’s got a little bit of bar (roll cage) work to go on the front and then I expect it to be on the rotisserie within the next day or so. Within the week it will be in the shop being pre-drilled for all the holes required, fittings and the like, ready for paint.
“When the painter gets back from Holiday the car will be ready to go for him to paint.”
Other ‘accredited’ constructors including Ford Performance Racing and Dick Johnson Racing (Ford), Stone Brothers Racing / Erebus Motorsport (Ford, now AMG / Mercedes Benz),Triple Eight Race Engineering, Walkinshaw Racing, Garry Rogers Motorsport (Holden) and Kelly Racing (Nissan), have either tested, or at the very least shaken down their respective cars.
Other teams – including Tekno Autosports and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport – will purchase complete cars from accredited builders - in both cases, Triple Eight. Tony D’Alberto Racing has already shaken down their Walkinshaw Racing-built COTF at Winton after returning to the Holden ledger this year.
Clark said that while the team has had to pull long hours throughout the off season, it hasn’t affected the notably closely-knit Albury-based outfit.
“Everyone is very motivated. The guys have been working late and no one has had any major holidays but I’d say it’s been like that for all the teams.
“It’s a credit to the guys that work for us,” he added.
“They’ve done a fantastic job and we have a great calibre of people working here and a great team put together. We’re all pretty pumped for this year.”