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Fullwood finding feet at Brad Jones Racing

THE combination between Bryce Fullwood and Brad Jones Racing is starting to make headway ahead of a likely second season together.

Fullwood has enjoyed a stronger second half of the year, the latest result being his ninth-place finish with Dean Fiore at the Repco Bathurst 1000.

Fullwood and Fiore stayed out of trouble all event and bounced back from a poor qualifying (24th) to gain more positions across the 161 laps than any other competitor.

“There was so much carnage. I feel like we have a better level of co-driver than ever and we have got more carnage than ever,” the Darwin native reflected to V8 Sleuth.

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“I guess this race is so much a sprint race now; I don’t know, it was just a bit crazy.

“But look, Dean did awesome; man, he was the hero of the day for us. He passed half the field just about, he was a champion.

“To be honest, this race, there’s so much pressure and it’s such a hard race that there’s so many mistakes up and down the lane with pitstop stuff and on-track stuff and mechanical stuff. Our team did a really good job so I’m really pumped.”

Fiore at the wheel. Pic: Nathan Wong

After clinching the 2019 Super2 title, Fullwood spent two years at Walkinshaw Andretti United before shifting to BJR.

While Andre Heimgartner has been the team’s standout, the #14 Middy’s Holden has been inching its way up the pecking order.

“It’s hard when you change teams. For me, it’s my first time changing teams and it’s really hard,” said Fullwood.

“You go into a really different car than what you’re used to and the car makes speed in a really different way; there’s new people, new engineers, new goals to achieve; you’re trying to tune the car in a different way.

“It just takes a bit to work it out and that’s why the consistency is a bit all over the place.

“But I feel like now, whilst we mightn’t have the ultimate pace sorted out just yet, the consistency is starting to be there and that’s awesome. So yeah, looking forward to Gold Coast.”

Although team owner Brad Jones has indicated he’s unlikely to make changes this coming off-season, Andre Heimgartner (signed on a three-year deal through 2024) is the only driver of the BJR quartet to have been publicly locked in.

Fullwood though is a safe bet to be back by his side.

“Yeah, I think so,” he said when asked if he’s comfortable about his future with the team.

“I can’t comment on it a lot but I think we’re all pretty happy.”

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