Jones expressed his absolute faith in Slade and believes the close-knit environment of BJR would allow him to shine.
“I absolutely believe in him – if I didn’t think he could do the job, I wouldn’t be having him in the car,” Jones told v8supercars.com.au.
“Fabian hadn’t won a race when he came here … and Timmy has gone close to winning a few races.”
Set to race a final round in Supercheap Auto colours, South Australian Slade is yet to finish first in a V8 Supercars race, but netted fifth in the Championship with Stone Brothers Racing in 2012 and has earned 10 podium finishes, including second in Darwin earlier this year.
By contrast, Coulthard – who previously described the opportunity with BJR as a “lifeline” – had just one podium result and a best of 12th in the Championship when he headed to the Albury team.
Since then, he has earned five wins – including a race at the Clipsal 500 – finished a close sixth in the championship in 2013 and was at one stage the key player in this year’s driver movements.
He has ultimately taken one of the most sought-after seats in pit lane with DJR Team Penske, shifting with his current engineer Phil Keed to the Queensland-based outfit for 2016.
While Jones doesn’t want to make any big statements, he is quietly confident Slade will deliver, after positive recommendations from others in pit lane.
“I think he has got a really good feel for what a car does – I’ve spoken to Ross Stone about it, and we did as much due diligence as a group as we could.