Second-generation driver Tim Blanchard combines his love of racing with team ownership this season, under the guidance of experienced owners Brad and Kim Jones.
Blanchard purchased the REC (Racing Entitlement Contract) underpinning his car this season with a view to running his own show in the future, when he is ready to retire from full-time Supercars racing.
The continuity at Brad Jones Racing is a positive for Blanchard, who is hoping to build on last year’s results after finishing in the top 10 at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with developing driver Macauley Jones.
A former karting champion, Blanchard enjoyed many successes in state and national level Formula Ford, before going one step further with the Sonic team in 2007 to win the Australian championship. He moved to the United Kingdom in 2008, where he finished runner-up in the British Formula Ford Championship and won a number of races throughout the season.
Blanchard made his Supercars debut in 2010, behind the wheel of an ex-Craig Lowndes Falcon for Sonic Motor Racing, finishing the season runner-up to Steve Owen. He also claimed the Mike Kable Young Gun Award for the best first-year V8 Supercar driver earning him an endurance drive alongside Greg Murphy.
He continued to race full-time in the Dunlop Series and remained part of the enduro line-up until he received the call up to drive the #7 Commodore of Todd Kelly for the final rounds of 2012.
Blanchard stepped into the Championship as a full-time driver in 2013 with Dick Johnson Racing, but a difficult season saw him leave the team at the end of the year.
After pairing with Russell Ingall in LDM’s Commodore for the 2014 PIRTEK Enduro Cup, Blanchard returned to the category as a full-time driver for the developing squad in 2015 before nabbing the third seat at BJR last year.