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.”

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #107 within Australia to read the full feature.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 28-March 3
Melbourne 400 March 14-17
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint April 5-7
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint April 12-14
Perth SuperNight May 2-4
Winton SuperSprint May 24-26
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown June 14-16
Watpac Townsville 400 July 5-7
Ipswich SuperSprint July 26-28
The Bend SuperSprint August 23-25
ITM Auckland SuperSprint September 13-15
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 10-13
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 October 25-27
Sandown 500 November 8-10
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 November 22-24
   

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3944

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3873

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

3433

 4

 Craig Lowndes

3153

 5

 David Reynolds

3225

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2807

 7

 Scott Pye

2608

 8

 Rick Kelly

2515

 9

 Fabian Coulthard

2477

 10

 Nick Percat

2290

 Full points table