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How high-profile rookie seeks to lift BJR

JAXON Evans is not your ordinary Supercars rookie.

After a half-decade living in Europe as a Porsche pro, the Kiwi has returned Down Under to carve out a career in the Repco Supercars Championship.

And he’s not messing about.

Evans is determined to drive Brad Jones Racing forward, both by broadly imparting his international expertise and by individually getting its SCT Camaro up the grid.

His SCT predecessor Jack Smith failed to record a top 20 championship ranking in four attempts. Evans has his sights set far higher.

“Everyone knows the level of competition in Supercars is very tight, so if I can be consistently running in the top 50 percent of the field and knocking on the door of some top five finishes it would be a really, really strong year,” said the #12 driver.

Jaxon Evans aboard the #12 SCT Camaro. Pic: Supplied/Pace Images

BJR is coming off a fine 2023 in which its lead pairing of Andre Heimgartner and Bryce Fullwood combined for third in the teams’ championship.

Evans hopes to lift the four-car squad further still.

“I would like to think my knowledge from Europe can help BJR,” he said.

“There are aspects of what I’ve done overseas, the endurance racing and little things that can be useful to myself as well as the team.

“I’ll think of it as a collaboration, which can be beneficial to both parties.”

The 27-year-old warmed up for this weekend’s Supercars season-opener with a fourth-place finish for Phantom Global Racing in the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour.

The Thrifty Bathurst 500 begins with practice on Friday.

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