Monday, 15 October 2018 15:11

Bright: Back in the driver’s seat

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After stepping down as a full-time driver at the end of last season, Jason Bright returns to drive a Supercar 20 years after he conquered Mount Panorama in 1998, as we profile in SupercarXtra Magazine issue #107.

CLICK HERE for more information on SupercarXtra Magazine issue #107.

In the 1990s he was the coming kid, a driver with a Bathurst win and thirst for IndyCars. In the 2000s he was a contender. And in the 2010s he was about consolidation and leadership. Through it all, Bright etched out a career of significance.

He left pretty much every team he drove for in better shape than when he arrived and once he had settled in Australia for his racing he kept pushing towards his goal of team ownership. Now he is retired from full-time driving and a business owner and father. And strangely given his pedigree, it looked like an endurance drive was going to escape him until a late call-up from Charlie Schwerkolt at Team 18 to partner Lee Holdsworth.

“November last year was my last race and this is the longest time I’ve ever spent out of a race car,” says Bright.

“I obviously didn’t plan on spending the whole year out of a race car but I was busy with my business. I didn’t have the time at the end of last year or the start of this year to try and pull something together in Porsche or GT. But I’d liked to have been out there in one of those categories. I’m lucky that we’ve been able to pick up a drive with Charlie and Lee for the enduros pretty late in the piece.

“I expected to still race something and I didn’t mean to miss out on enduros this year, which is what it looked like I was going to. I was trying to do a wildcard for Bathurst, which excited me. But by the time that didn’t happen most of the other drives were taken up. I was fortunate that Charlie called and that I got this opportunity.

“I haven’t missed the racing as much as I expected. When I was leaving Newcastle last year, I was like, ‘It’s gonna be a pretty big void to fill’ but I think if I didn’t have my business, which keeps me very occupied, then I probably would have missed it a lot more.”

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3656

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3642

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

3175

 4

 Craig Lowndes

3117

 5

 David Reynolds

2918

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2669

 7

 Fabian Coulthard

2450

 8

 Scott Pye

2410

 9

 Rick Kelly

2377

 10

 Nick Percat

2221

 Full points table