BJR names an unchanged enduro range

Brad Jones Racing has named an unchanged eight-man roster for the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship endurance races.

The four-car team will benefit from full consistency in its lineup for the bolstered enduro season, which again includes the Sandown 500.

Highly experienced Dale Wood and Dean Fiore will both return to the Albury squad, along with Supercars hopefuls Jordan Boys.

The lineup will again be rounded out by overseas-based Porsche ace Jaxon Evans, who will combine the enduro program with his IMSA and ADAC Masters commitments.

The exact torques will also remain the same, with lead driver Andre Heimgartner joined by Dale Wood for a second consecutive year.

It will also mark Wood’s sixth Bathurst start with BJR, on a two-year deal, meaning he will make his seventh in 2024.

“I’m very excited to be joining BJR again for another two years,” Wood said. “It’s a place I definitely call home and call home. I love the team and the environment.

“Andre is in great shape and I’m equally thrilled to jump into the R&J Batteries Gen3 Camaro. It’s great that Sandown is back on the enduro calendar and I think it gives us great preparation for Bathurst.”

Fiore will partner Bryce Fullwood for what will be his 15th enduro season and third straight with BJR.

Last year, the duo finished ninth on the team in the Great Race.

“This is my 15th time at the Bathurst 1000 and after last year with Bryce, I’m hungrier than ever,” Fiore said.

“I was proud of what we were able to achieve and we are much better placed this year, with Phil [Keed] and Bryce putting together that final piece of the pilot/engineer puzzle.

Macauley Jones will be paired with other young Gun Boys raised in Albury, who are racing this year in S5000.

For the boys, the revival of the Sandown 500 means it will make its long-distance debut at the Melbourne circuit.

“I’m really excited to be back with Macca for a second year,” Boys said.

“We want to build on what we did in Bathurst last year, which was a good result and for us and pretty close to a top 10, which was sort of our goal initially.

“For me, Sandown is a bit of a to-do list. It’s pretty cool to be part of such a historic event.”

Like Boys, Evans – who will once again partner Jack Smith – will make his Sandown 500 debut as part of the endurance season.

That siege time could also be critical, given that Evans will miss the team’s Test Day this month due to overseas commitments.

“I’m really excited to be back in the Supercars Championship, alongside Jack and the SCT Logistics team,” said the Kiwi.

“Last year’s event was a massive learning curve and a career goal that I was able to achieve.

“The addition of the Sandown 500 hopefully means that with a little more seat time, we’ll go up the mountain with some confidence.

“Of course this year will be quite different with the new Gen3 cars, but it’s a new challenge and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Camaro in the near future!”

The confirmation of the composition of the BJR leaves only three seats officially vacant for the enduros.

One is in the sole Blanchard Racing Team, while PremiAir Racing have yet to announce their plans, although Dylan O’Keeffe is expected to fill the spot alongside James Golding.

Supercars Endurance Field 2023

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