SBR REACHES ENGINE SUPPLY DEAL WITH BJR V8 Supercar Champions Stone Brothers Racing will expand its engine supply business by establishing an alliance with Brad Jones Racing from next season. The new three-year deal will see SBR-prepared ...
SBR REACHES ENGINE SUPPLY DEAL WITH BJR
V8 Supercar Champions Stone Brothers Racing will expand its engine supply business by establishing an alliance with Brad Jones Racing from next season.
The new three-year deal will see SBR-prepared engines in the Team BOC Falcons of Brad Jones and John Bowe from the opening round of the 2006 season at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in March.
SBR currently supplies engines to Triple Eight Engineering for the Betta Electrical Falcons of Craig Lowndes and Steve Ellery and to Larkham Motor Sport for the Orrcon Fords of Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom.
This season Lowndes has claimed three pole positions and won three rounds of the championship and currently sits fifth in the championship points.
The growing SBR program is designed to reduce the escalating expense of V8 Supercar racing caused through the increasing costs associated with engine and car development, according to SBR co-owner, Ross Stone.
"We obviously put a lot of initial thought into the development of our engine program and it has grown successfully with LMS and Triple Eight," said Stone.
"As part of the natural progression of the business we have reached an agreement with Brad Jones Racing. We see the deal as a win-win agreement with SBR increasing its business and BJR decreasing its development costs while improving performance.
"The sport is becoming more and more expensive and partnerships like this are going to be crucial to the future success of everyone involved.
"BJR is a professional organisation which I am confident will be able to take its next step through its association with SBR's engine development program.
"This deal has come with the encouragement of Ford and will help improve the development curve of all teams involved."
SBR have set the benchmark in V8 Supercar engine development and performance over the past three years and the agreement reached by BJR Team Manager and Director Kim Jones and Ross Stone is seen as a real coup for the Albury-based Team BOC outfit.
"We are very excited about what this arrangement means for our team. There's no doubt that the SBR engines are the best Ford power plants in pit lane and to know that we will have them in our two cars for the next three years is just fantastic, said Jones.
"We have spent millions of dollars over the years trying to keep up with engine developments that V8 Supercars now demands with reasonable success but the fact is that we were still behind the Stones [Brothers Racing] when it came to on track performance."
"We now have the ability to get excellent economies of scale and have the best engine package as well. I really think this is the way that V8 Supercars will head into the future.".
Questioned on what he thought the arrangement meant to SBR, Kim Jones said further -- "Both Ross [Stone] and I both know that V8 Supercars is getting more competitive every year. By Team BOC joining the SBR engine program it provides an even greater platform for increased development and that's crucial for both of our team's futures."
Team BOC star and multiple Bathurst winner, John Bowe is equally excited -- "The arrangement with SBR allows up to tap into a resource that would otherwise never be available to us. The Holden Motorsport teams have made massive inroads with their engine power this year and we have to do whatever we can to keep up with them."
"I can't wait for next year."
The new arrangement is subject to approval by TEGA (TouringCar Entrants Group Australia) through the normal process.