Britek Motorsport

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Britek Motorsport
Britek motorsport logo.gif
Manufacturer Holden
Team Principal Jason Bright
Team Manager Chris Clark
Race Drivers 21. Tim Blanchard
Chassis Holden VF Commodore
Debut 2005
Drivers' Championships 0
Round wins 0
Pole positions 1
2015 position 15th (1,367 points)

Britek Motorsport is an Australian V8 Supercars motor racing team owned by Bathurst 1000 winning driver Jason Bright. Established in 2005, the team originally ran as an independent team, however since 2010, its only remaining asset is one Racing Entitlement Contract, owned by Bright in partnership with Brad Jones and used to enter Brad Jones Racing's third Holden VF Commodore.

V8 Supercars history[edit]

Independent team[edit]

Formation[edit]

Britek Motorsport was formed in 2005 as part of Jason Bright's deal to switch from Holden to Ford. As part of his package, Ford Performance Racing (FPR) assisted in establishing the team in return for Bright committing to driving for FPR for two years. V8 Supercars deemed there was a link between Britek and Ford Performance Racing and thus grouped them, preventing Britek from testing its cars. The team received sponsorship from Fujitsu, which it would retain until the end of the 2009 season.

The team's drivers for the 2005 season were Steve Owen and Matthew White,[1] who were subsequently replaced in 2006 by Warren Luff and the second car was shared by José Fernández and Tony Ricciardello with the Racing Entitlement Contract leased to Mark Porter for his MSport Holden team for the PlaceMakers V8 International at Pukekohe in New Zealand.[2]

Bright arrives[edit]

Jason Bright left Ford Performance Racing in 2007 to drive for Britek, and in doing so joining the ranks of driver-team owners. He was joined for the season by Alan Gurr. In 2007, Britek showed promise with Bright at the wheel, and were able to break into the top ten a few times. At the 2007 Bathurst 1000, Bright, driving with Adam Macrow at one point was leading the race but later crashed due to the combination of cold slick tyres and wet weather while running well inside the top ten.[3]

In 2008, Alan Gurr was replaced by former Champ Car and Australian Carrera Cup Championship racer Marcus Marshall.[4] At the end of the year, following the loss of Ford factory sponsorship, Bright closed the team.[5]

Customer team[edit]

The Holden VF Commodore of Dale Wood at the Sydney Motorsport Park test day in February 2014.

Stone Brothers Racing[edit]

Bright concluded a deal with Stone Brothers Racing to race a customer BF and later FG Falcon for the 2009 season, with Bright out performing the Stone Brothers' cars on a number of occasions. Bright's second Racing Entitlement Contract was leased to Paul Cruikshank Racing for the season before it was sold at the end of the year to Tekno Autosports.[6]

Brad Jones Racing[edit]

In 2010, Bright joined Brad Jones Racing as a full-time driver. The remaining Britek licence has been used to enter a third Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore, with Karl Reindler driving in 2010 and 2011, David Wall in 2012 and 2013, and Dale Wood in 2014 and 2015.[7][8][9] Tim Blanchard will take over the driving for 2016.

V8 Supercar drivers[edit]

The following is a list of drivers who have driven for the team in V8 Supercars, in order of their first appearance. Drivers who only drove for the team on a part-time basis are listed in italics.

Rallying[edit]

Britek also briefly ran Ford's official entry in the Australian Rally Championship, the two Ford Fiesta Super 2000 cars driven by Michael Guest and Darren Windus. This deal fell through in early 2008 when the program was abandoned after Pirtek announced that they could no longer sponsor the team. Britek briefly fielded an entry for Windus before winding up the rally team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Normoyle, Steve (2005). The Great Race 25. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  2. ^ Normoyle, Steve (2006). The Great Race 26. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  3. ^ Normoyle, Steve (2007). The Great Race 27. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  4. ^ Normoyle, Steve (2008). The Great Race 28. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  5. ^ Bright bitter over treatment from Ford Speedcafe 1 May 2010
  6. ^ Normoyle, Steve (2009). The Great Race 29. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124. 
  7. ^ Karl Reindler secures full-time V8 ride Speedcafe 30 November 2009
  8. ^ Gunther, Briar (2010-02-03). "Three cars, Reindler confirmed for BJR". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  9. ^ "Dale Wood confirmed at Brad Jones Racing". SpeedCafe. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.