Britek Motorsport was an Australian 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 has been one Racing Entitlement Contract, which was most recently used to enter a fourth Ford FG X Falcon for Prodrive Racing Australia in 2017, officially under the Britek name, then leased out for a further two seasons. This was sold ahead of the 2020 season.

Supercars Championship

Independent team

Formation

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 Holden team for the PlaceMakers V8 International at Pukekohe in New Zealand.[2]

Bright arrives

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

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

Stone Brothers Racing

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

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 took over the driving for 2016.

Prodrive Racing Australia

For 2017, Bright moved his Racing Entitlement Contract from BJR to Prodrive Racing Australia to drive a fourth Ford FG X Falcon. The entry was run for the entire season as number #56. [10]

Lease to Matt Stone Racing and eventual sale

Following Bright’s retirement from full-time driving, the Racing Entitlement Contract was leased to Matt Stone Racing for 2018 and 2019. This provided them with the opportunity to step up as a team from the Super2 Series. Bright and Britek were not involved in the operations beyond the leasing of the REC.[11] Matt Stone Racing were forced to return the REC at the conclusion of the 2019 season, as regulations prohibit the leasing of a REC for greater than two years; they replaced this with one acquired from the exiting Garry Rogers Motorsport. This returned control of the REC to Britek; they elected to sell it at this point to Peter Smith, father of debuting driver Jack, to underpin his full-time entry, operated by Brad Jones Racing.[12]

Supercars Championship drivers

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

Rallying

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.

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year No. Car Drivers Position Laps
2005 25 Ford Falcon BA Australia Steve Owen
Australia Matthew White
DNF 136
52 Ford Falcon BA Australia José Fernández
Australia
17th 148
2006 25 Ford Falcon BA Australia Warren Luff
Australia Adam Macrow
DNF 102
26 Ford Falcon BA Australia José Fernández
Australia Tony Ricciardello
16th 159
2007 25 Ford Falcon BF Australia Jason Bright
Australia Adam Macrow
DNF 149
26 Ford Falcon BF Australia Alan Gurr
Australia Warren Luff
DNF 134
2008 25 Ford Falcon BF Australia Jason Bright
Australia Adam Macrow
9th 161
26 Ford Falcon BF Australia Marcus Marshall
New Zealand Matthew Halliday
14th 160
2009 25 Ford Falcon FG Australia Jason Bright
Australia Karl Reindler
11th 161
2010 21 Holden Commodore VE Australia Karl Reindler
Australia David Wall
15th 161
2011 21 Holden Commodore VE Australia Karl Reindler
Australia David Wall
14th 161
2012 21 Holden Commodore VE Australia David Wall
New Zealand Chris Pither
14th 161
2013 21 Holden Commodore VF Australia David Wall
New Zealand Chris Pither
22nd 156
2014 21 Holden Commodore VF Australia Dale Wood
New Zealand Chris Pither
DNF 45
2015 21 Holden Commodore VF Australia Dale Wood
Australia Macauley Jones
15th 161
2016 21 Holden Commodore VF Australia Tim Blanchard
Australia Macauley Jones
10th 161
2017 56 Ford Falcon FG X Australia Jason Bright
Australia Garry Jacobson
8th 161

References

  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 (3 February 2010). "Three cars, Reindler confirmed for BJR". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Dale Wood confirmed at Brad Jones Racing". SpeedCafe. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Jason Bright Prodrive deal confirmed". SpeedCafe. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  11. ^ "MSR: Bright deal only extends to REC lease". SpeedCafe. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  12. ^ "BJR adds fourth full-time entry for 2020". Supercars.com. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2020.