Brad Jones Racing has secured a double shot at the 2019 PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge title after earning two places in the finals to be held at Bathurst.
The BJR crew sealed top spot for the #8 ZB Commodore driven by Nick Percat by delivering the fastest pit stop of the Saturday race at The Bend – the last event of the challenge’s regular season.
The fourth quickest stop of the day for Tim Slade was enough to ensure the #14 BJR car also proceeds to the top four play-offs, seeded third.
With Slade, BJR will go head-to-head with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s #88 driven by Jamie Whincup, who was both the second fastest stopper on Saturday and second in the overall standings.
Up against Percat’s entry in the other semi-final will be the sole Mustang representative, Chaz Mostert and his Tickford Racing crew.
BJR took a memorable split of the $20,000 winner’s cheque last year after a close finish in the grand final between Percat and Shell V-Power Racing’s #17 Ford was awarded the way of the latter.
The Albury-based team disputed the decision, leading Shell V-Power Racing owner Roger Penske to offer counterpart Brad Jones half of the takings.
This year’s finals – to be held on October 11, the Friday night of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event – will mark the first time in the concept’s three-year history that Shell V-Power Racing hasn’t featured.
Both of the Stapylton team’s cars made the 2017 decider.
The Whincup v Slade semi-final will be held at 6.40pm, before a 6.55pm meeting between Percat and Mostert.
The grand final will run 7.20-7.25pm.
Final 2019 PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge regular season standings: