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Courtney ‘emotionally invested’ in BRT rise

THERE’S a pep in James Courtney’s step as he readies himself to get the monkey off the Blanchard Racing Team’s back.

Courtney has been open about his two-year BRT deal through 2025 being the last of his full-time Supercars career, and he’s motivated to make it count.

The 2010 champion made the off-season switch from a downsizing Tickford to an expanding BRT, as did team manager Kate Harrington, who has observed a spark in Courtney.

“He is really invested in it. He has got a fresh lease of life,” Harrington told V8 Sleuth.

“He is really thankful I guess for the opportunity and he is really gelling the team a lot… I have seen a completely different side to JC, which is really exciting.”

Team co-principal Tim Blanchard has long known Courtney and is pumped to see what he can do behind the wheel of the #7 Snowy River Caravans Mustang.

BRT is yet to record a Repco Supercars Championship podium; Courtney has never failed to register at least one podium in each of his 18 full-time seasons to date.

“I think to say he is excited is an understatement,” Blanchard said of Courtney.

“James and I have been friends for a long time; he knows a lot of people in the team and has helped put a lot of the deals together to get the team where it is, so I think he is emotionally invested in it and extremely enthusiastic.”

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James Courtney. Pic: Ross Gibb

Once upon a time, Courtney joined Team Sydney with the intention of transitioning into management after his driving days wound up.

That partnership infamously lasted just one round, but could a similar concept play out at BRT?

“It’s not something we have broached but I would say he is the most commercially savvy driver on the grid at the moment,” said Blanchard.

“It’s not something we have had any discussions about, I think he is just focused on the last few years of his career and finishing them on a high.

“Ultimately those discussions we’ll have closer to the date down the road, but I’d like to think there’s a long future with James and BRT and the wider CoolDrive business.”

Courtney’s 2024 teammate, Aaron Love, last year chalked up BRT’s first race win at Super2 level.

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