Kim Jones: Performance relative for BJR

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 15/06/2017
  • By Lewis Isaacs

Brad Jones Racing co-owner Kim Jones says his team has improved its performance in 2017 despite not scoring a podium so far this season.

The Holden squad has endured a heavy workload so far this year after a series of high profile crashes across its fleet of cars hampered its early running.

The Albury-outfit also added an additional car to its team, campaigning Macauley Jones's wildcard at Winton and a V8 Touring Cars entry at Phillip Island on top of its six main series and Dunlop Super2 cars.

Jones was quick to point out the team's cars have been faster this year than previous campaigns, but pointed to an overall performance improvement across the field as masking their progress.

"Someone said to me the other day 'you're not having much of a season, you're not going very well compared to last year'," Jones told Supercars.com.

"But everywhere we've been, we've been faster.

"It's just the whole program has moved forward and there's some other people going quicker again."

While BJR opted against testing between the Winton and Darwin rounds, Jones said he is hopeful of improvements in the second half of the season.

"I think for where we're at and what we've got in the pipeline and what we're doing, you can't ask for any more than to go to a race circuit and be faster than the year before," he added.

"We're doing that, we're achieving that. Is it a good or bad thing? We're not winning races which is a bad thing. But we are faster which is a good thing.

"I think we're not matching the expectation we'd like to have, which is win races, but from a team point of view and group point of view, we're going better than we were last year."

Jones added he was not surprised Shell V-Power Racing has made an impressive start to the season given their high-profile engineering recruits over the last two seasons.

The Queensland squad leads both team and driver championships after failing to score a win in its first two seasons of Roger Penske's ownership.

"When you look at the DJR Team Penske program, why wouldn't they be fast?" Jones said.

"They've got Phil Kead who was at PRA then came here then went there. He's got all of our information and all of PRA's information.

"Then you've got Ludo (Lacroix) who has joined from Triple Eight, so they've got all of their information.

"There'd be something terribly wrong if those guys weren't quick."

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