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Jason Bright spectacularly rolled his Team BOC Holden Commodore VF at the Clipsal Adelaide 500, and while he escaped injury, the car was wrecked and now the team will have to rebuild a new car for the non Championship round at the Australian GP.

“There is no chance we won’t be on the grid,” team co-owner Brad Jones told v8supercars.com.au. “We are racers and that is what we are here to do. We have repaired cars and we have done the impossible before and we will do it again.

“We have just over a week to get it done.”

Jones explained the exact plan the team would adopt would only take shape after the car arrived back at its Albury base from Adelaide.

“We will get home to Albury at about 3pm Monday and we will pull it apart and figure out what we are going to do,” he said.

The team has a new bodyshell close to completion in its fabrication shop and Jones suspects that will be pressed into service and fitted out with a combination of new parts and componentry taken from the wreck.

Crash damage is expected to tally beyond $100,000.

“It’s written off,” said Jones. “It looks like there is more damage done to that than was done to James Courtney’s car at Phillip Island. There is one corner on that car that is alright.”

Bright was tipped into his roll by Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander at turn one after the first safety car re-start.

“I think when someone has a big accident like this we need to have a look at the cause and these re-starts are something that are new. The re-starts were pretty scrappy today and I think they should be looked at.”

Formula 1 star Jenson Button also spoke about the V8 Supercars’ controversial new restart rules following the Clipsal 500.

After watching a replay of the race, Button wrote on Twitter that “racing in V8 Supercars is some of the best but the restart rules need a little bit

Below is the day by day clips of the Brad Jones BOC racing team

The incident

Day 1

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

 

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Hi, I have been a Formula 1 fanatic since 1987 when my family took me to the Adelaide GP. I now enjoy close friendships with team members at Ferrari and within the Holden Racing Team (V8Supercars).
  • Tom Firth

    For the non championship event. By being in front of the crowd that the Grand Prix attracts does it help attract new sponsors to the cars ? Does any other advantage exist to competing in it other than the obvious glory of winning a race ?

    What I’m really wondering is is it worthwhile them rushing to rebuild to do the Melbourne round when it doesn’t have any effect on points ? That said, huge credit to the guys for rebuilding the car in time and best of luck to them in Melbourne.

  • Adam

    Hi Tom,

    one of the reasons for the V8 supercars racing at the Aust. GP is for crowd numbers, in 2007 or 2008 the V8 Supercars did not showcase at the event and crowd numbers were significantly down over the weekend.

    Another reason is if any of the V8 Supercar teams do a no show it is a $100k fine so getting the car ready like they did saved them $100k even tho it cost them that amount to rebuild a new car.

    I hope this answers your question and thank you for following my blogs

    • Tom Firth

      That makes complete sense that the numbers for the weekend are down without the V8’s especially with no GP2 etc in Australia for the F1 support, with V8’s mass popularity it makes for a great alternative and a link back to Australian national motorsport. We used to have the BTCC as support for the British Grand Prix back in the 90’s for similar reasons. I did wonder if a no show fine did exist too.

      The Thank you is to you for providing the insight, Thanks Adam.