Motorsport: Bright to leave Brad Jones Racing in 2017

Jason Bright during V8 Supercars practice ahead of the Darwin Triple Crown. Photo / Getty Images
Jason Bright during V8 Supercars practice ahead of the Darwin Triple Crown. Photo / Getty Images

After seven seasons with Albury's own Supercars team, Jason Bright and Brad Jones Racing have confirmed they are parting ways at the end of 2016.

Bright arrived at the team in 2010, scoring BJR's first race victory in Supercars at the Perth round a year later.

In all, Bright registered four race wins and seven pole positions during his tenure at BJR, the bulk coming as the team enjoyed a resurgence of form with the arrival of the Car of the Future era in 2013.

A highlight was Bright's overall event win at Pukekohe in 2013 to clinch the inaugural Jason Richards Memorial Trophy, named in honour of the late New Zealand racer whom Bright had replaced aboard the team's No. 8 BOC-backed car.

"The team Brad and Kim (Jones) have put together in Albury have been a pleasure to work with," Bright said.

"The majority of the guys here now were here in my first year in 2010 which says a lot about the culture that BJR has."

"I never thought I would drive for a team for seven years straight but BJR has made my time here a very satisfying chapter in my Supercar career. I will have to be careful not to pull into the wrong bay for a pit stop next season and in case I do I hope they can change my tyres."

Bright notched up his 500th career start with the squad in Townsville last year, and has been racing on a year-to-year basis with BJR on the strength of a handshake deal between he and team owner Brad Jones for the past few seasons.

"It's been fantastic having Jason here over the years, he has been an instrumental part in making our team what it is today," Jones said.

"Jason has been in Supercars for almost 20 years, and seven of those have been with us. We've achieved a lot together, so there are many fond memories."

The team has yet to name a replacement driver for the 2017 season, and Bright has yet to confirm his plans for the new year.

- news.com.au

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