Team Betta prepares for Sandown 500

The opportunity to test for the first time in 2003 will have the Team Brock pairing of Jason Bright and Paul Weel anticipating even better results, as they gear up for the first of the Australian V8 Supercar endurance races during the Betta ...

The opportunity to test for the first time in 2003 will have the Team Brock pairing of Jason Bright and Paul Weel anticipating even better results, as they gear up for the first of the Australian V8 Supercar endurance races during the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 on September 12-14.

Bright relinquished the overall series lead to Stone Brothers Racing high-flyer Marcos Ambrose at Oran Park two weeks ago but is confident the extra miles out on the track in the lead up to the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 will play in his favour.

"It's been a dismal situation where the team has had to learn everything at the workshop and on race day in order to make adjustments and develop a quicker car, said Bright.

"We have a new engineer this year and his job has been made very difficult in these circumstances.

"But in saying that it is generally getting tougher and tougher out on the track and Marcos is travelling very well.

"Marcos is riding a wave of confidence right now but it can so easily turn around again."

"One or two bad races from him and he won't be looking so good for the championship either.

"We'll keep on plugging away -- it's definitely not over."

Bright has another strong motivator towards recapturing the series lead after Ambrose beat him for third spot in the Championship at Sandown in the last round during 2002.

"It doesn't matter who you lose it to and looking at how close the series is this year you just have to keep plugging away.

"We've achieved some credible results this year under difficult conditions and we just have to continue this for the rest of the year, particularly in the longer races."

Bright's prospects in the endurance races are aided by his teaming with Weel who is currently placed sixth in the series.

Their partnership shapes as one of the strongest Holden prospects to challenge Ford's 2003 dominance.

"Based on the Championship standings I think that's fair to say," said Weel.

"It's been the best, if not the most consistent performances for both of us during 2003 and that's a great effort considering the lack of test time this year.

"We'll be able to develop the car a lot more over the days leading up to Sandown.

"I'm confident testing will help both our chances so we can get more miles under our belt and change a few things.

"I've found that I've probably lacked outright speed in the last couple of rounds and I'm sure with testing we'll be able to rectify some of those issues."

Team Brock will also be represented by Porsche Cup Series driver Marcus Marshall and former 00 Motorsport campaigner Greg Ritter in the second Holden Commodore, during the Betta Electrical Sandown 500.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Marcus Marshall , Paul Weel , Greg Ritter