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Brad Jones Racing announces 2023 co-drivers

AS few as three Bathurst 1000 seats remain up for grabs after Brad Jones Racing announced its quartet of Repco Supercars Championship co-drivers in one fell swoop.

As expected, BJR has retained an unchanged line-up from last year, making for combinations of Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood, Bryce Fullwood/Dean Fiore, Macauley Jones/Jordan Boys and Jack Smith/Jaxon Evans.

It’s the third successive enduro campaign at BJR for both Wood and Fiore.

The former is now locked in through 2024, becoming one of the first confirmed co-drivers beyond this season.

MORE: Why Wood’s best Bathurst 1000 was his worst

Dale Wood (right) will partner Andre Heimgartner again. Pic: Supplied

“I am very excited to be joining BJR again for another two years,” said Wood, who scored a solo podium for the Albury squad in 2014.

“It is a place I definitely call and feel at home, I love the team and environment.

“Andre is in great form and am equally excited to jump in the R&J Batteries Gen3 Camaro. It is great Sandown is back on the enduro calendar and I think it gives us a great lead up to Bathurst.”

Fiore has been a top 10 finisher in each of the past three Great Races, including a charge from 24th to ninth last year with Fullwood.

Dean Fiore. Pic: Supplied

“It’s my 15th time heading to the Bathurst 1000 and after last year with Bryce I’m hungrier than ever,” he said.

“I was proud of what we were able to achieve and we’re much better placed this year, with Phil (Keed) and Bryce putting that final piece of the driver/engineer puzzle together.”

Boys’ only two prior starts in the 1000 have come for BJR, in 2020 and ’22.

He’s excitedly awaiting his maiden Sandown 500 in September; it was at the Victorian venue that he scored his first Super2 race win in 2019.

Jordan Boys. Pic: Supplied

“Sandown for me is a bit of a bucket list thing,” he said.

“It’s pretty cool to be a part of such a historic event.”

The highest profile talent of the lot is Evans, the 2018 Carrera Cup Australia champion who has gone on to forge an international career racing Porsches in series such as IMSA.

The 26-year-old made his Bathurst 1000 debut last October.

Jaxon Evans (right). Pic: Brad Jones Racing

“I’m really excited to be heading back to the Supercars Championship, alongside Jack and the SCT Logistics crew,” the Kiwi star said.

“Last year’s event was a massive learning curve and a career goal that I was able to tick off.

“The addition of the Sandown 500 hopefully means that, with a little more seat time we will go to the Mountain with some confidence.

“Of course this year will be quite different with the new Gen3 cars, but it’s a new challenge and I’m eager to get behind the wheel of the Camaro in the near future!”

Wood, Fiore and Boys will attend BJR’s upcoming Winton test on May 31, but international commitments will prevent Evans from joining them on the day.

Brad Jones (right) with Barry Ryan. Pic: Ross Gibb

Barring the addition of any wildcards beyond Triple Eight/Supercheap Auto’s #888 Camaro for Zane Goddard and Craig Lowndes, just three co-drives are yet to be filled.

There remains one vacancy at each of Matt Stone Racing, PremiAir Racing and the Blanchard Racing Team.

2023 Supercars co-drivers team by team

Triple Eight Race EngineeringJamie Whincup (#88)
Richie Stanaway (#97)
Dick Johnson RacingTony D’Alberto (#11)
Alex Davison (#17)
Tickford RacingZak Best (likely #5)
James Moffat (likely #6)
Garry Jacobson (likely #55)
Tyler Everingham (likely #56)
Walkinshaw Andretti UnitedFabian Coulthard (#2)
Lee Holdsworth (#25)
Grove RacingKevin Estre (likely #19)
Garth Tander (likely #26)
Erebus MotorsportJack Perkins (#9)
David Russell (#99)
Team 18Michael Caruso (#18)
Warren Luff (#20)
Brad Jones RacingJaxon Evans (#4)
Dale Wood (#8)
Dean Fiore (#14)
Jordan Boys (#96)
Matt Stone RacingJayden Ojeda (#35)
PremiAir RacingDylan O’Keeffe (#31)
Blanchard Racing TeamTBC
Triple Eight/Supercheap Auto (wildcard)Zane Goddard/Craig Lowndes
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