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BRAD JONES RACING TO TEST YOUNG TALENT AT WINTON

Todd Hazelwood is set to test the #21 BJR Commodore - Photo: Matthew Paul Photography

Todd Hazelwood is set to test the #21 BJR Commodore – Photo: Matthew Paul Photography

Brad Jones Racing will take advantage of the first additional driver practice sessions at this weekend’s Supercars round at Winton Motor Raceway to evaluate possible driver pairings ahead of this year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup.

The team has called up BJR’s Dunlop Super 2 Series regular Macauley Jones. While crowd favourite Todd Hazelwood will also get behind the wheel of one of BJR’s Commodores.

Macauley Jones will be behind the wheel of Nick Percat's Car at Winton - Photo: Daniel Kalisz Photographer

Macauley Jones will be behind the wheel of Nick Percat’s Car at Winton – Photo: Daniel Kalisz Photographer

Jones will be on board Nick Percats’ car No. 8, after competing for BJR in the last two endurance season campaigns in the teams third entry (with Dale Wood in 2015 and Tim Blanchard in 2016).

Meanwhile Todd Hazelwood will get his first run at in the Supercars field. He’ll be behind the wheel of Tim Blanchard’s Team CoolDrive Commodore. Hazelwood has continued to impress in his 4th season of Super2, currently sitting second in the championship, winning two races and finishing in the top three in all six races so far this season.

Team Owner Brad discussed the decision to test the new combinations further “We’re going to try Macauley in Nick’s car at Winton. There is a fair height difference between then but we think we’ve got Macauley fitted in as best as possible.”

“Todd Hazelwood is going to join the team for the weekend and drive the Team CoolDrive car with Tim Blanchard. For Todd, this is his first time behind the wheel of one of our cars and I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs.”

“Our plan is to give both Macauley and Todd some seat time in the different cars and we will assess the dynamics between everyone. We’ll confirm the pairings down the track, but this is our chance to give both guys a go and we’ll move forward from there.”

Super2 Series driver Hazelwood added “I’m really looking forward to working with the team at BJR and getting behind the wheel of the Team CoolDrive Supercar for the first time Winton this Friday.

“There is a lot of information for myself to absorb during the session. For me it will be interesting to discover how the BJR chassis performs and what it is like driving on the softer compound rubber compared to what I am using in the Dunlop Super2 Series.”

“I really appreciate the opportunity both Brad Jones Racing and Tim Blanchard have provided.”

Brad Jones Racing will confirm their full driver lineup in the coming weeks.

Keep tuned into Auto Action for all the latest Supercars in the lead up to the Winton round this weekend.