BJR secures Evans for Bathurst debut

19 Sep 2022
Kiwi to make first start alongside Smith

Jaxon Evans will make his Bathurst debut with Brad Jones Racing, the team has confirmed.

Evans undertook an evaluation day at Winton Motor Raceway on Monday.

The European-based Porsche ace impressed BJR on the day, which was his first Supercar running in four years.

The Albury-based team moved swiftly to confirm Evans alongside Smith for October's Great Race.

"I arrived back in Australia just last week and to be in the SCT Logistics car today turning laps at Winton has been amazing,” Evans said.

"Endurance racing isn’t new to me, and neither is Bathurst but heading there in a Supercar is definitely going to be a pinch me moment.

"The car felt very comfortable from the outset and the team has been so enthusiastic and welcoming, I’m feeling really confident about heading to Bathurst alongside Jack and the whole BJR and SCT Motorsport team."

Evans and Smith reunite, having raced together in karts for the Birel Kart Team.

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SCT’s Head of Motorsport Programmes Andrew Jones said Evans delivered on the team's brief.

“The evaluation day has been a good opportunity for both Jaxon and the team to work together and get a feel for how each other goes about their business at the circuit," Jones said.

"From our end, Jaxon has delivered today on what our expectations are from a driver of his calibre, and we now welcome him as part of the team for the upcoming Bathurst 1000 and I think that the combination of Jack and Jaxon is a very exciting one."

Smith, who will make his fourth Bathurst start, was keen to get to the Mountain.

The duo will complete a test day with fellow Victorian teams on Tuesday.

"I was able to do the allocated 10 laps in the car today under the rules and then we spent the day working with Jaxon, Paul [Forgie] and Jason [Bonney]," Smith said.

"The test day tomorrow also here at Winton should give us a chance to fine tune some things and we’re all looking forward to getting to Bathurst in a couple of weeks’ time."


It completes this year's Bathurst grid, with BJR again running four entries.

Tickets for the Repco Bathurst 1000 are available on Supercars.com and Ticketek.

Evans' signing comes a week after he won the 12 Hours of Nürburgring for Falken Motorsports.

The New Zealander will be one of seven rookies in this year's race.

The Matt Chahda Motorsport entry, of Chahda and Jaylyn Robotham, comprises of two rookies.

The 2022 race will be contested by 28 cars; 25 full-time entries, and three wildcards.

The Chahda entry is one of the three wildcards, with the others coming from Triple Eight and Erebus Motorsport.

The Triple Eight and Erebus entries will share a pit boom for the October 6-9 event.

The Chahda car, meanwhile, will share a boom with the CoolDrive Blanchard squad.

Victorian teams will test at Winton on Tuesday (September 20).

Next Wednesday (September 28), Queensland-based teams will test at Queensland Raceway.

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2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 entry list


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Red Bull Ampol Racing

Broc Feeney

Jamie Whincup

Red Bull Ampol Racing

Shane van Gisbergen

Garth Tander

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Anton De Pasquale

Tony D'Alberto

Shell V-Power Racing Team

Will Davison

Alex Davison

Tickford Racing

James Courtney

Zane Goddard

Tickford Racing

Cam Waters

James Moffat

Tickford Racing

Thomas Randle

Zak Best

Tickford Racing

Jake Kostecki

Kurt Kostecki

Walkinshaw Andretti United

Nick Percat

Warren Luff

Walkinshaw Andretti United

Chaz Mostert

Fabian Coulthard

Erebus Motorsport

Will Brown

Jack Perkins

Erebus Motorsport

Brodie Kostecki

David Russell

Team 18

Mark Winterbottom

Michael Caruso

Team 18

Scott Pye

Tyler Everingham

CoolDrive Racing

Tim Slade

Tim Blanchard

Penrite Racing

Lee Holdsworth

Matt Payne (R)

Penrite Racing

David Reynolds

Matt Campbell

Brad Jones Racing

Andre Heimgartner

Dale Wood

Brad Jones Racing

Bryce Fullwood

Dean Fiore

Brad Jones Racing

Macauley Jones

Jordan Boys

Brad Jones Racing

Jack Smith

Jaxon Evans (R)

PremiAir Racing

Chris Pither

Cameron Hill (R)

PremiAir Racing

James Golding

Dylan O'Keeffe

Matt Stone Racing

Jack Le Brocq

Aaron Seton (R)

Matt Stone Racing

Todd Hazelwood

Jayden Ojeda

Triple Eight (W)

Craig Lowndes

Declan Fraser (R)

Erebus Motorsport (W)

Richie Stanaway

Greg Murphy

Matt Chahda Motorsport (W)

Matt Chahda (R)

Jaylyn Robotham (R)

(W) Denotes wildcard

(R) Bathurst rookie

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