BRAD Jones Racing will head into the 2021 Supercars Championship season solely under the ownership of Brad Jones in the wake of brother Kim’s retirement, announced by the team this evening.
After more than four decades, BJR co-owner Kim Jones is stepping down from racing and is handing over his share of the family business to brother Brad.
The Albury-based duo have achieved plenty in their time working together, building a race-winning team across the three tiers of Supercars racing and a long list of championship victories.
In that time BJR has started 642 Supercars Championship races with 14 race wins, 17 poles, 67 podiums and also finished on the podium six times at Bathurst.
The team has won five AUSCAR championships, a NASCAR crown, two Super Touring titles, a Super Production crown as well as Super2 and Super3 series victories.
BJR ran Fords in the Supercars Championship from 2000 to 2007 before swapping to Holden Commodores from 2008 onwards.
“Firstly, I would like to thank my wife (Frances) and family for their ongoing support, at times it’s been very tough especially in the early days,” says Kim Jones.
“There is no doubt that there have been many interesting and memorable times as well.
“It’s great that lots of people we have met through racing over the years have become good friends, the same goes for staff, who without them we would never have had the success we’ve had.
“Working with your brother for so many years has had its challenges but at the end of the day we made a great team and we have achieved far more than we could have ever imagined when we started.
“There have been lots of stages in my life so far racing has been one of them and I’m looking forward to the next one relaxing and enjoying life.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and wish the team and Brad much success into the future.”
BJR owner Brad Jones wished his brother well for the next chapter of his life.
“Kim has been semi-retired now for a number of years but it’s still a weird feeling coming into work and not having him around,” he says.
“We’re in different stages of our life and he’s looking to slow down which I respect. I’m very proud of the things that we’ve achieved together in motorsport, the championships we’ve won, the relationships with people we’ve developed and the partnerships that we have formed.
“When I reflect back to the start, it was only Kim and I with a couple of friends helping. We had an old green panel van to tow our race car on a borrowed trailer with very little money from a sponsor our father secured to get the job done. I always felt it was Kim and I against the world.
“The first seven Australian Championships we won like that, just the two of us. For many years we were an almost unbeatable combination at everything we raced.
“I look around at what we have built together and can’t help but think of how proud our father would be.”