BRIGHT SAVES THE BEST FOR LAST AT ORAN PARK
Jason Bright has scored the best overall result for the Britek-prepared Fujitsu Racing team at the final round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the NRMA Motoring Plus Services Grand Finale at Sydney's Oran Park.
In what proved to be by far the best team performance of the last two seasons, Bright had to work for the results. Steering issues in qualifying were compounded with a broken anti-roll bar in the opening race. The Fujitsu Racer then displayed outstanding driving ability in the second race to climb to seventh, despite a damaged Watts Linkage. He maintained his seventh position in the final race.
The round was won by Garth Tander, but the big winner was fellow Ford driver Jamie Whincup who took his first V8 Supercar title with victory in the opening race of the weekend.
Today's result closes one chapter on Britek Motorsport, which first began operations in 2004. Bright joined his own team as a driver in 2007. From 2009 the Fujitsu Racing entry will be prepared by Stone Brothers Racing. However, it will still be entered under the Britek Motorsport name.
"That was a tremendous team result," said Bright.
"We have been through so many trials and tribulations over two years with me behind the wheel. So today was a great way to close-out this part of the Britek history.
"The thing is, we didn't have the smoothest weekend. However, we met all the challenges and got a result that we really deserved.
"I'm pleased for our team, our supporters as well as Fujitsu and all our sponsors.
"I can now really start to focus on 2009. The opportunity to race a Fujitsu Racing Falcon and do it with Stone Brothers Racing, but still under the Britek name, is very exciting.
"The opportunity to again work with Jimmy and Ross Stone, plus their outstanding group of people is exciting. I'm pleased to say that some of the current team will be part of 2009.
"Finally a big thanks to everyone who has worked with Britek over the last four years. The dedication of the people who have been with us cannot be underestimated and that has meant a lot to me personally."
Fujitsu Racing Chief Engineer was pleased to round-out the season on a positive.
"The team did a great job and Jason drove very well," said Slater.
"He drove the majority of races #1 and #2, with a damaged car. However, Jason's outstanding ability to drive around these issues is why he remains one of the best in V8 Supercars.
"We were determined to finish on a high and everyone did a great job. Although it will be a different set-up in 2009, Fujitsu Racing does go into the off-season with confidence ahead of 2009."
The Fujitsu Racing Team how has 101 days to prepare for the opening round of the 2009 season, the Clipsal on the streets of Adelaide.
Britek Motorsport would like to pass on its best wishes to Formula Ford racer Lucas Dumbrell. Dumbrell was seriously injured during the Friday race at Oran Park.