Freightliner Racing has unveiled its 2016 livery after welcoming new driver Tim Slade to the stable.
Slade has spent some time in the Brad Jones Racing workshop over the past week, having the chance to see his new car in the building phase and get acquainted with his new engineer Julian Stannard.
Stannard has been part of the engineering team at BJR since 2010 and last year worked on Dale Wood’s car in 2015. Data engineer Tom Wettenhall will continue on the car.
“It’s been a great couple of days at the workshop,” Slade said.
“The guys are busy preparing the cars and everything is coming along really nicely. The energy in the workshop is great and I’ve enjoyed spending time with the team.”
The 30-year old South Australian, who shifts from Walkinshaw Rcacing, can’t wait to get on track for the first event – his home race, the Clipsal 500.
“Preparation is key and I know the team are working hard to ensure that when we get to Clipsal and can hit the ground running.
“As always I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my fitness and even got to hit a couple of the hills around Albury on my visit.”
The season opener is the circuit where Brad Jones Racing earned its first ever street race victory and with a milestone to be smashed that weekend, Slade is determined to start of strong with his new team.
“Freightliner Racing have had success at Clipsal, and when the team and I return there in March the weekend will mark BJR’s 500th V8 Supercar Race start,” he explained.
“I hope to get another good result on the board for the guys. There is a lot to look forward to in the year ahead.”
The Freightliner Racing crew is busy building new chassis ‘BJR007’ for its upcoming test day at Winton Motor Raceway, Slade’s first opportunity to get behind the wheel.
But rather than refer to the car by chassis number, BJR prefers to name the cars – given it is ‘007’ it is named after the team’s favourite Bond girl Giacinta, played by Halle Berry in Die Another Day. The cars are always named after females, with former driver Fabian Coulthard’s chassis named Alice.
Freightliner will remain the naming rights sponsor for Brad Jones Racing’s #14 until the end of 2017.