Second-generation driver Tim Blanchard combines his love of racing with team ownership, under the guidance of experienced team bosses Brad and Kim Jones.
Blanchard purchased the Racing Entitlement Contract underpinning his car for 2017 with a view to running his own show in the future, when he retires from full-time Supercars racing.
The continuity of a third season with Brad Jones Racing is a positive for Blanchard, sharing the garage with former Formula Ford rivals Tim Slade and Nick Percat.
A karting champion, Blanchard won the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2007, then finished second in the British Championship the following season.
Blanchard made his Supercars debut in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2010, behind the wheel of an ex-Craig Lowndes Falcon for Sonic Motor Racing, finishing as runner-up to Steve Owen.
He claimed the Mike Kable Young Gun Award for the best first-year V8 Supercar driver, and made his main game co-driving debut at Phillip Island alongside Greg Murphy.
The Victorian paired Super2 and enduro campaigns in 2011 and ’12, then filled in for an injured Todd Kelly in the final rounds of ’12.
Blanchard stepped into Supercars as a full-time driver in 2013 with Dick Johnson Racing, but left at the end of a difficult season.
After pairing with Russell Ingall in LDM’s Commodore for the 2014 PIRTEK Enduro Cup, Blanchard returned full-time for the developing squad in ’15 before nabbing the third seat at BJR in ’16.