BRYCE FULLWOOD LANDS BJR LIFELINE

Bryce Fullwood scored a podium finish with WAU at The Bend in 2020. Pic: WAU / Supplied

BRYCE Fullwood has secured a place on the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship grid with Brad Jones Racing.

The 23-year-old is set to move to the four-car Holden squad after two seasons at Walkinshaw Andretti United.

Fullwood joined WAU in 2020 as the reigning Dunlop Super2 Series winner and enjoyed a promising rookie year but has struggled to take the next step this season.

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He’s set to be replaced at Clayton by current BJR star Nick Percat, who was initially announced to have extended his tenure at the Jones team before making a stunning about-turn.

While Andre Heimgartner was quickly announced in place of Percat at BJR, Fullwood effectively replaces Todd Hazelwood who was last week confirmed to be moving to MSR.

BJR will be Fullwood’s fourth main game Supercars team, having competed as an endurance co-driver with MSR and Kelly Racing before his full-time stint at WAU.

“Brad has always been a big supporter of mine right the way back to go kart days and I’m stoked to be able to race with Brad and the team at BJR,” Fullwood said.  

“I love the way the team goes about their business; they’re all hardcore racing people with a hell of a lot of passion for what they do and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it with them.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to a new chapter for me moving forwards.

“The future is looking exciting for the team and I’m super happy to be a part of it.”

It’s all change at BJR. Pic: Supplied

Team boss Jones hopes to get the best from Fullwood, who shot to prominence with victory during his fifth Super2 Series campaign in 2019, driving a MW Motorsport Nissan.

Incumbents Jack Smith and Macauley Jones are expected to complete BJR’s line-up for 2022; the former locked in under his family’s Racing Entitlements Contract.

“It’s a very exciting time for the team with Bryce coming on board,” said Jones.

“He’s shown some strong potential and is still in his early days of his Supercar career, so I feel like with the right guidance he’ll be a strong podium contender in the future.
 
“Bryce is very personable, and I feel like he’ll fit in well with the team and our partners.

“We’ve got a few changes happening as we transition in 2022 and I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.”

Other changes at BJR ahead of next season include the departure of engineering manager and engineer to Percat, Andrew Edwards, who is set to link up with Shane van Gisbergen at Triple Eight

WAU meanwhile is yet to make official its signing of 2011 Bathurst winner Percat, which will make for a blockbuster line-up alongside incumbent star Chaz Mostert.

The team though issued a statement thanking Fullwood for his contribution to the team, highlighted by a podium finish at The Bend Motorsport Park in 2020.

Fullwood is 16th in the 2021 standings with five events remaining. Pic: WAU / Supplied

“Bryce has been a fantastic part of our team, but above that, a wonderful person in general,” said team principal Bruce Stewart.

“We have seen him grow and develop in his two years with us, and his podium finish in his rookie year is something none of us will forget.

“We will miss having that smiling face around the garage.

“He’s always been a pleasure to work with, so from all of us in the team, we wish Bryce, and the entire Fullwood family well, and thank them for everything they have done.”

The 2021 season will fire back into life this weekend with the first of four consecutive rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park, before the season-ending Repco Bathurst 1000 on December 5.