Courtney keen to mentor rookie Love

05 Nov
Having mentored young talent at Tickford, James Courtney is looking forward to doing the same with BRT
2 mins by James Pavey
  • James Courtney keen to mentor rookie Aaron Love at BRT

  • Courtney and Love will form all-new line-up for expanded BRT in 2024

  • 2010 champ previously mentored young drivers at Tickford

James Courtney is keen to continue mentoring the next generation when he arrives alongside rookie Aaron Love at Blanchard Racing Team.

Courtney and Love will form one of the most exciting line-ups on the 2024 grid at the expanded BRT, which will run two cars for the first time.

The 2010 champion has over 550 Supercars races of experience under his belt, while Love is about to conclude his first season in Supercar machinery.

Having a young star under his wing isn’t new for Courtney, who has worked with the likes of Cam Waters, Thomas Randle and Declan Fraser — all Super2 champions — in his time at Tickford Racing.

“It’s a pretty exciting driver line-up,” Courtney said.

“He’s a young Super2 driver who’s doing really well, he has a lot of speed… working with Aaron is going to be quite fun.

“I’ve done the last couple of years at Tickford, working with Thomas Randle, Jake Kostecki, Declan Fraser and Cam Waters, all young guys.

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“I’ve been helping those guys and mentoring them with my experience, and helping cut corners where I can.

“Very much focussed on that with Aaron.”

Love has improved round on round in the Dunlop Series, culminating in a maiden Super2 race victory at Mount Panorama last month.

The West Aussie driver’s star has continued to rise ever since, at 17, he became the youngest competitor in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in 2019.

BRT scoped out Love early, announcing his 2023 Super2 campaign midway through last year, with the team’s faith rewarding the driver with an enduro campaign alongside Kostecki.

“I’m extremely grateful and excited to be given this opportunity to continue with BRT into 2024,” Love said at the time of the announcement.

“Even though I’ve only been a part of BRT for just under a year, I’ve got a lot of confidence in them and know they’ll do everything in their power to keep building the team and strive for success. To be a part of that journey really excites me.

“Although we’ve had an up and down season so far in 2023, I think we’ve shown some really promising performances, but there is still work to do.

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge to step up, but to do it with like-minded people is rare. I’m very happy to be surrounded by a team who are all working to the same objective.”

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