V8 Supercars driver Jason Bright had a top run at Winton on the weekend.By Angela Townsend
Brad Jones Racing’s Jason Bright spoke with the Ensign on Friday, minutes before hitting the track for a practice run.
Qualifying behind TeamVodafone and FPR on both days at Winton on the weekend was a highlight for Bright, who finished sixth on Sunday flying the BOC colours.
Both teams have dominated the V8 Supercar Championship this season, with Jamie Whincup wrapping up the title battle on Sunday.
With the team based in Albury, and Winton its training track, Bright said it was good to be racing close to home again.
‘‘I enjoy driving in the smaller teams and in the country,’’ he said.
‘‘The atmosphere’s great.’’
The new dad was hoping to go well on the weekend with his partner Lucy bringing three-week-old Lennox to his first race meet. He didn’t disappoint.
This is Bright’s 14th season as a full-time driver in the V8 Supercar Championship — the last three with Brad Jones Racing.
With Bathurst widely considered to be the drivers’ favourite circuit, the Ensign asked Bright what his second favourite track in the Supercar series was.
‘‘Phillip Island, but Winton’s been my most successful track,’’ he said.
When asked about the 2013 season changes introducing Nissan — returning after a 20-year absence — and Mercedes to the Supercar fold, Bright said it was a good thing.
‘‘It levels the playing field — and hopefully brings the fans back that we lost when Nissan left,’’ he said.
‘‘There are a lot of fans we don’t connect with at the moment.’’
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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