BOC will step down as naming rights sponsor for Brad Jones Racing next year, but will continue supporting the team in a lesser capacity.
The brand is currently one of the longest current naming rights team sponsors in Supercars and third longest in Supercars history, having first connected with the Jones brothers back in their Super Touring days.
BOC had its first taste in Supercars in 2004 with Andrew Jones, sponsoring his car in his Dunlop Series Championship winning year. At Adelaide in 2005, BOC debuted its colours on the two BA Ford Falcons of Brad Jones and John Bowe and Team BOC has been a household name ever since.
Nick Percat joins BJR next season to line-up alongside current driver Tim Slade in what will be a revitalised group in 2017, with outgoing racer Jason Bright still to publicly confirm his plans.
Team boss Brad Jones thanked BOC for its extensive support over the years and is pleased to have the brand continue in some capacity next season.
“It will be very different not seeing the Team BOC car on the grid in 2017. It has been such a rewarding relationship; BOC have been side by side with us over 12 fantastic years in Supercars,” Jones said.
“It is not the end of this relationship by any means, BOC will continue to support us in 2017 and beyond; so you will still see BOC on our cars and you’ll see their products in our workshop and at the race track.”
BOC Head of Sales and Marketing Bruce Currie is eager to see how the ’17 season unfolds.
"While we will no longer be a naming sponsor in Supercars in 2017 we are very pleased to continue working with and supporting Brad Jones Racing and their team," Currie said.
“BOC is very proud of our long association with Supercars and Brad Jones Racing and we look forward to the team's ongoing success on the racetrack in 2017."
There have been many memorable moments for Team BOC over the years. Team BOC drivers Jason Richards and Cameron McConville took Team BOC to the Bathurst podium in 2009; Jason Bright delivered the teams’ first win in Perth in 2011, and won the inaugural Jason Richards Memorial Trophy in 2013.
Jones confirmed last week on Inside Supercars he plans to continue running as a three-car team next year despite Bright looking to shift the third Racing Entitlements Contract (REC) housed at the team.