TRIPLE Eight has recruited a long-time Brad Jones Racing engineer to bolster its technical staff for the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.
Andrew Edwards will serve as Shane van Gisbergen’s race engineer next year, replacing the departing David Cauchi.
Edwards has been with BJR since 2005, initially as a data and design engineer before stepping up to race engineer.
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From 2015 he shifted to a management role focusing solely on BJR’s overall engineering but returned to race engineering duties for Nick Percat in mid-2018, a relationship that continued through to this season.
Triple Eight elected to promote from within to replace Wes McDougall, currently Jamie Whincup’s race engineer, as the motorsport veteran also confirmed he will depart the team for health reasons at the end of the year.
Broc Feeney will continue to be engineered by Martin Short, who has served as the 18-year-old’s race engineer during this year’s Dunlop Super2 Series.
Short is a former New Zealand Formula Ford champion and was a race winner in the NZV8 category before turning his attention to engineering, completing an engineering degree in 2017.
He joined Triple Eight at the start of 2018 as a data, systems and junior design engineer and, in addition to working as Feeney’s race engineer in Super2, has served as the race engineer for Triple Eight’s GT programme since 2019.
Both Edwards and Short will work under the guidance of the team’s technical director, Jeromy Moore, and team manager, Mark Dutton, with the full support of Triple Eight’s engineering department.
“We’re really happy to be welcoming Andrew to the team,” Jamie Whincup, current driver of the #88 Red Bull Ampol Racing car and future Triple Eight managing director, said.
“He’s a very talented engineer and will bring a heap of experience and new knowledge. Shane (van Gisbergen) is looking forward to working with him and building a solid relationship, which is so important between a driver and engineer.
“We have every confidence in Marty (Martin Short). He and Broc have delivered the goods time and again this year, and he’s adapted so well to everything Triple Eight has thrown at him since he started with us in 2018.”