Repco backing for BJR at Bathurst

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 26/09/2018
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

Brad Jones Racing has unveiled new backing from Repco Authorised Service for Nick Percat and Macauley Jones’ assault on the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The latest in BJR’s rolling series of primary partners on the #8 Holden, Repco Authorised Service is Australia’s largest network of independently-owned car service workshops.

Its link with BJR follows DJR Team Penske’s recent multi-year deal with Repco Australia, which was announced prior to the RABBLE.club Sandown 500.

National Manager of Repco Authorised Service, Nick Costa says having a presence in the Great Race is a big moment for the network, which has 450 centres nationwide.

“Repco Authorised Service decided to be involved in this historic motorsport event to highlight our love and passion for everything automotive,” he said.

“The Repco name has a long history at the iconic Bathurst track and, thanks to the support of our supplier partners, this partnership marks the first ever time Repco Authorised Service have participated in the event.”

Percat has a strong Bathurst record, winning the race on debut as a co-driver in 2011 alongside Garth Tander at the Holden Racing Team.

Further podiums followed with Walkinshaw Racing in 2014 and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in ’16, before a rollercoaster first Bathurst with BJR last year alongside Jones.

Dropping off the lead lap early due to a penalty for a pitstop infringement, the pair gained their lap back by half distance, before an early change to slicks on lap 120 vaulted them towards the front.

Percat led briefly on a lap 144 restart before being overtaken by eventual winner David Reynolds, after which an off at the Chase forced an extra pitstop for new tyres.  

The Boost-backed Commodore was then running 11th when Percat clouted the wall at McPhillamy Park on the final lap, rendering the car a DNF.

Team owner Brad Jones, father of Macauley, is still chasing his first Bathurst win, having finished on the podium six times during his driving career.

BJR’s last Bathurst podium came in 2009, when Jason Richards and Cameron McConville drove the #8 Commodore to second place.

“It’s exciting to showcase the Repco Authorised Service brand on Nick and Macauley’s Supercar at Bathurst,” said Jones.

“This event truly is like no other and I would love for nothing more than for our guys to stand tall on that podium come Sunday at Bathurst.”

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