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Jones philosophical about major repairs on Gen3 eve

BRAD Jones is taking a philosophical approach to yet another steep repair bill right as the Repco Supercars Championship prepares to bid farewell to its Gen2 cars.

Brad Jones Racing is one of several teams to have had extensive repairs forced upon them following major crashes at the past two events, Bathurst and Gold Coast.

The Holden ZB Commodore has just one event and two races remaining – next month in Adelaide – before it is forever retired from the main game.

So, it’s far from ideal for a team to be pouring time, money and resources into fixing outgoing cars, particularly at a time when Gen3 requires attention given the tight timelines associated with that project. VCAT testing takes place next week, and an all-in team test has been mooted for December (although is increasingly seeming like a stretch).

At Surfers Paradise it was Macauley Jones who was left with severe damage after being innocently caught up in the James Golding-triggered beach chicane chaos.

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The car is expected to be back on the grid by Adelaide, largely helped by the efforts of rival drivers such as Golding and Nick Percat to quickly extinguish flames that had begun engulfing the #96.

“We have got a month (before Adelaide),” Brad Jones told V8 Sleuth.

Brad Jones. Pic: Nathan Wong

“We planned on doing a lot of Gen3 work this month but we’ll have to start repairing cars first.”

Asked about having to fork out cash to fix a car that’s on its last legs at championship level, Jones replied: “It’s just frustrating. Normally we have got a spare car in the fleet and we would work out where we are with the car and fix it and go racing.

“So yeah, it’s expensive, it’s frustrating, but it is part of the game.

“It’s disappointing but it’s a street circuit and it’s a spectacle and when it’s like that, this stuff happens.”

The lack of a spare in the BJR ranks is owing to the extreme battering chassis BJR 012 took at Tailem Bend, when Andre Heimgartner collided with Thomas Randle in a frightening startline shunt.

Heimgartner then moved into BJR 007, in which co-driver Dale Wood was brutally tangled in Zane Goddard’s early error at the Repco Bathurst 1000.

BJR is likely to run at least one of its ZB Commodores next year in the Super2 Series.

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