Leading gamer and aspiring real-life racer Jake Burton will lead Brad Jones Racing’s attack on the 2020 Repco Supercars Pro Eseries.
The 21-year-old finished fifth in the Eseries with BJR in 2019, before testing one of the squad’s ZB Commdores at Winton in December.
Burton’s real-world racing miles have included drives in the Toyota 86 Racing Series - a support act at Supercars events.
BJR will field three entries in this year’s six-round Pro Eseries, which begins on October 28.
As in 2019, Burton’s virtual car will be backed by Dunlop, with drivers and sponsors for the other two entries yet to be confirmed.
"I am really excited to return in the Dunlop entry for BJR after our first season together,” Burton said.
“Brad and the team gave me a huge opportunity last year and we made a solid effort with a race win, several podiums and fifth in the championship.
“This year I’d like to build on this solid foundation with more race wins and hopefully top three in the championship is my end goal.
“The real-life team at BJR have kicked some serious goals this year, so it would be nice for me to step it up on the virtual side just as much as they have on the real-life side.”
Burton is enjoying his association with the Supercars squad, which included coaching its drivers through this year’s All-Stars Eseries.
“Thanks to Brad and the team for their trust in me for two seasons now and for the opportunity to drive the real Supercar at Winton last December, a learning experience I’ll never forget,” he added.
“Over that test and the Supercars All-Stars Eseries I had the opportunity to bond more with Nick [Percat], Todd [Hazelwood], Macauley [Jones] and Jack [Smith], along with Nick’s engineer, Andrew Edwards.
“I’m hoping to use the experience I’ve gained working with such a professional group to push forward in the virtual world this season.
“I also want to thank Dunlop for supporting me for another year, BJR always create awesome liveries so I can’t wait to see what they come up with this year.
“Hopefully, I can get some great results for Dunlop and BJR”.