Stone Brothers Racing (SBR) was an Australian motor racing team that competed in the International V8 Supercars Championship between 1998 and 2012. The team was formed in 1998 when Ross and Jim Stone bought Alan Jones's shares in Alan Jones Racing and renamed it Stone Brothers Racing.

The team won the Bathurst 1000 in its debut year with Jason Bright and Steven Richards. It won the 2003 and 2004 championships with Marcos Ambrose and the 2005 championship with Russell Ingall. SBR won the Teams Championship (combined points of both cars) in 2003, 2004 and 2005, the 2004 V8 Supercars Series being a 1–2 finish.

The team was based in Yatala on the Gold Coast.[1] Their nominated test track was initially Lakeside Raceway and later Queensland Raceway.

At the end of 2012, the team was sold to Erebus Motorsport.[2][3]

History

The team was originally formed as Alan Jones Racing in 1996, with Ross and Jim each holding a one-third ownership stake along with the team's lead driver, 1980 Formula One World Champion, Alan Jones. Racing initially under the Pack Leader Racing identity with Paul Romano as No. 2 driver, the team had several title sponsors in 1997 before the Stone brothers bought out Jones' stake at the end of the year.[4][5]

Now a single car team under the name Stone Brothers Racing, the team signed 1997 Bathurst 1000 co-driver Jason Bright to drive a Pirtek sponsored Ford EL Falcon for the 1998 season. The team also ran a customer car for Larkham Motor Sport with Mark Larkham, essentially a full team-mate to Bright. Bright and Larkham had a mixed year, with the highlight being a win in the Bathurst 1000 with co-driver Steven Richards, which was almost a team 1–2 result as the team displayed excellent strategy and teamwork during the day, only a battery problem slowing the car of Larkham and Brad Jones who still managed to finish fourth.[6] The team continued to show promise in 1999, with Bright scoring three poles, and three podiums including a win at the Hidden Valley Raceway round.[7]

Bright left the team to pursue opportunities in the United States and Larkham Motor Sport went out on its own. The team expanded to a two-car operation for 2000, with Craig Baird taking over the Pirtek car, and Tony Longhurst the new Caltex sponsored entry. In a lean year, the team's best finish was a third for Baird at the opening Phillip Island round, although Longhurst and co-driver David Besnard lead the Queensland 500 for a period and late in the Bathurst 1000 until tangling with another car.[8]

SBR then opted for some young talent for 2001, with Marcos Ambrose and David Besnard taking over the driving duties in the Pirtek and Caltex Falcons respectively. Ambrose won a round, took two podiums, and impressed with his qualifying speed. Besnard had a mixed year, taking one podium. Both drivers remained with the team for the 2002 season, and took two round wins between them; a Queensland 500 victory for Besnard and Simon Wills, and a dominant win at the final round at Sandown for Ambrose.

In 2003, Ambrose continued to drive the Pirtek sponsored Falcon, with Russell Ingall recruited to drive the Caltex car. SBR was the dominant force, with Ambrose winning the championship and Ingall finishing seventh. Between them they won eight of thirteen rounds (6 to Ambrose, 2 for Ingall). Ambrose took 5 pole positions. Meanwhile, Mark Winterbottom won the Development Series in a SBR Ford AU Falcon.

This dominance continued in 2004, with Ambrose winning a second championship and Ingall finishing 2nd overall. The team recorded 6 round wins – 5 to Ambrose and 1 to Ingall. Among these round victories was a Sandown 500 victory for Ambrose and Greg Ritter, with Ingall and Cameron McLean finishing second.

In 2005, Ingall won the championship through consistency and strategy, rather than outright speed and wins were crucial with Ingall only recording one round win. Ambrose had led the championship until he was involved in an incident in the Bathurst 1000 with Greg Murphy. He went on to finish third behind Ingall and Craig Lowndes. Ambrose took victories in the first and last rounds of the year.

In 2006 Ambrose left V8 Supercars to pursue a career in NASCAR, and Pirtek withdrew its sponsorship. Former F1 Test Driver James Courtney was signed to drive the No. 4 car, now sponsored by Jeld-Wen. Ingall continued in the Caltex entry, but couldn't defend his title – eventually finishing a disappointing eighth. Courtney improved throughout the season to finish 11th, and won Rookie of the Year. The highlight of the year was the team's performance at the Bathurst 1000, with Courtney and Glenn Seton third, and Ingall and Luke Youlden coming in fourth.

Ingall and Courtney continued driving for SBR in 2007, which proved to be an inconsistent season. Courtney scored round podiums in Adelaide, Bathurst and Bahrain, and a pole position in Adelaide; while Ingall managed a podium on the Gold Coast. From the Oran Park round, SBR also entered a customer car for Team Kiwi Racing with Shane van Gisbergen driving.

In 2008 Russell Ingall and Caltex both left the team, being replaced by Shane van Gisbergen and SP Tools. Courtney broke through for his first race win in the series at the team's test track, Queensland Raceway and with David Besnard finished third at the Bathurst 1000.

In 2009 Courtney and Jeld-Wen were replaced by Alex Davison and Irwin Tools. The team also ran a customer car for Britek Motorsport with Jason Bright driving. In 2010, James Rosenberg Racing replaced Britek Motorsport with Tim Slade driving.[9][10] In 2011 the driver line-up remained. In 2012 Lee Holdsworth replaced Alex Davison.[11]

Supercars results

Car No. 4 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Position Pts
2001 Marcos Ambrose 4 Ford PHI
R1

4
PHI
R2

6
ADE
R3

Ret
ADE
R4

6
EAS
R5

13
EAS
R6

6
HDV
R7

2
HDV
R8

4
HDV
R9

3
CAN
R10

Ret
CAN
R11

2
CAN
R12

Ret
BAR
R13

18
BAR
R14

16
BAR
R15

24
CAL
R16

3
CAL
R17

5
CAL
R18

9
ORA
R19

16
ORA
R20

Ret
QLD
R21

Ret
WIN
R22

5
WIN
R23

3
BAT
R24

Ret
PUK
R25

2
PUK
R26

3
PUK
R27

4
SAN
R28

6
SAN
R29

5
SAN
R30

2
8th 2086
2002 ADE
R1

3
ADE
R2

Ret
PHI
R3

1
PHI
R4

Ret
EAS
R5

2
EAS
R6

2
EAS
R7

4
HDV
R8

3
HDV
R9

9
HDV
R10

5
CAN
R11

4
CAN
R12

6
CAN
R13

20
BAR
R14

6
BAR
R15

24
BAR
R16

10
ORA
R17

4
ORA
R18

2
WIN
R19

2
WIN
R20

4
QLD
R21

5
BAT
R22

21
SUR
R23

2
SUR
R24

Ret
PUK
R25

3
PUK
R26

3
PUK
R27

10
SAN
R28

1
SAN
R29

1
3rd 1498
2003 ADE
R1

1
ADE
R1

Ret
PHI
R3

17
EAS
R4

1
WIN
R5

1
BAR
R6

3
BAR
R7

2
BAR
R8

1
HDV
R9

2
HDV
R10

1
HDV
R11

1
QLD
R12

2
ORA
R13

1
SAN
R14

5
BAT
R15

6
SUR
R16

6
SUR
R17

4
PUK
R18

6
PUK
R19

23
PUK
R20

9
EAS
R21

1
EAS
R22

1
1st 2085
2004 1 ADE
R1

1
ADE
R2

1
EAS
R3

7
PUK
R4

1
PUK
R5

3
PUK
R6

3
HDV
R7

3
HDV
R8

13
HDV
R9

2
BAR
R10

3
BAR
R11

4
BAR
R12

3
QLD
R13

1
WIN
R14

26
ORA
R15

2
ORA
R16

1
SAN
R17

1
BAT
R18

4
SUR
R19

1
SUR
R20

2
SYM
R21

2
SYM
R22

1
SYM
R23

Ret
EAS
R24

1
EAS
R25

1
EAS
R26

1
1st 2174
2005 ADE
R1

1
ADE
R2

1
PUK
R3

5
PUK
R4

3
PUK
R5

4
BAR
R6

2
BAR
R7

5
BAR
R8

3
EAS
R9

1
EAS
R10

2
SHA
R11

5
SHA
R12

4
SHA
R13

12
HDV
R14

4
HDV
R15

28
HDV
R16

9
QLD
R17

2
ORA
R18

4
ORA
R19

2
SAN
R20

14
BAT
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

26
SUR
R24

11
SYM
R25

4
SYM
R26

27
SYM
R27

6
PHI
R28

3
PHI
R29

1
PHI
R30

1
3rd 1856
2006 James Courtney 4 ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

Ret
PUK
R3

8
PUK
R4

18
PUK
R5

8
BAR
R6

12
BAR
R7

5
BAR
R8

Ret
WIN
R9

15
WIN
R10

Ret
WIN
R11

27
HDV
R12

16
HDV
R13

6
HDV
R14

23
QLD
R15

3
QLD
R16

3
QLD
R17

Ret
ORA
R18

9
ORA
R19

8
ORA
R20

3
SAN
R21

9
BAT
R22

3
SUR
R23

17
SUR
R24

12
SUR
R25

6
SYM
R26

5
SYM
R27

13
SYM
R28

Ret
BHR
R29

5
BHR
R30

24
BHR
R31

7
PHI
R32

9
PHI
R33

Ret
PHI
R34

12
11th 2347
2007 ADE
R1

2
ADE
R2

3
BAR
R3

11
BAR
R4

Ret
BAR
R5

Ret
PUK
R6

9
PUK
R7

5
PUK
R8

3
WIN
R9

17
WIN
R10

15
WIN
R11

8
EAS
R12

Ret
EAS
R13

14
EAS
R14

8
HDV
R15

16
HDV
R16

Ret
HDV
R17

DNS
QLD
R18

3
QLD
R19

4
QLD
R20

18
ORA
R21

19
ORA
R22

7
ORA
R23

Ret
SAN
R24

16
BAT
R25

2
SUR
R26

6
SUR
R27

15
SUR
R28

4
BHR
R29

6
BHR
R30

2
BHR
R31

2
SYM
R32

28
SYM
R33

8
SYM
R34

6
PHI
R35

12
PHI
R36

7
PHI
R37

6
9th 359
2008 ADE
R1

16
ADE
R2

Ret
EAS
R3

5
EAS
R4

15
EAS
R5

Ret
HAM
R6

4
HAM
R7

3
HAM
R8

3
BAR
R9

20
BAR
R10

7
BAR
R11

8
SAN
R12

6
SAN
R13

4
SAN
R14

3
HDV
R15

10
HDV
R16

23
HDV
R17

7
QLD
R18

1
QLD
R19

6
QLD
R20

2
WIN
R21

9
WIN
R22

9
WIN
R23

25
PHI
Q

3
PHI
R24

6
BAT
R25

3
SUR
R26

9
SUR
R27

11
SUR
R28

Ret
BHR
R29

5
BHR
R30

7
BHR
R31

2
SYM
R32

Ret
SYM
R33

17
SYM
R34

10
ORA
R35

5
ORA
R36

6
ORA
R37

4
6th 2446
2012 Lee Holdsworth ADE
R1

5
ADE
R2

8
SYM
R3

9
SYM
R4

6
HAM
R5

13
HAM
R6

6
BAR
R7

4
BAR
R8

5
BAR
R9

21
PHI
R10

5
PHI
R11

9
HID
R12

10
HID
R13

12
TOW
R14

9
TOW
R15

26
QLD
R16

26
QLD
R17

Ret
SMP
R18

26
SMP
R19

21
SAN
Q

13
SAN
R20

8
BAT
R21

8
SUR
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

8
YMC
R24

5
YMC
R25

8
YMC
R26

8
WIN
R27

3
WIN
R28

10
SYD
R29

DNS
SYD
R30

12
8th 2189

Car No. 9 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Position Pts
2001 David Besnard 9 Ford PHI
R1
PHI
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
EAS
R5
EAS
R6
HDV
R7
HDV
R8
HDV
R9
CAN
R10
CAN
R11
CAN
R12
BAR
R13
BAR
R14
BAR
R15
CAL
R16
CAL
R17
CAL
R18
ORA
R19
ORA
R20
QLD
R21

WIN
R22
WIN
R23
BAT
R24

PUK
R25
PUK
R26
PUK
R27
SAN
R28
SAN
R29
SAN
R30
23rd 1153
2002 PHI
R3
PHI
R4
EAS
R5

EAS
R6

EAS
R7

HDV
R8

HDV
R9

HDV
R10

CAN
R11

CAN
R12

CAN
R13

BAR
R14

BAR
R15

BAR
R16

ORA
R17

ORA
R18

WIN
R19

WIN
R20

QLD
R21

BAT
R22

SUR
R23

SUR
R24

PUK
R25

PUK
R26

PUK
R27

SAN
R28

SAN
R29

8th 988
2003 Russell Ingall ADE
R1

7
ADE
R1

12
PHI
R3

10
EAS
R4

3
WIN
R5

4
BAR
R6

5
BAR
R7

27
BAR
R8

14
HDV
R9

Ret
HDV
R10

17
HDV
R11

8
QLD
R12

1
ORA
R13

8
SAN
R14

5
BAT
R15

6
SUR
R16

1
SUR
R17

1
PUK
R18

19
PUK
R19

26
PUK
R20

10
EAS
R21

DSQ
EAS
R22

DSQ
7th 1701
2004 ADE
R1

3
ADE
R2

Ret
EAS
R3

14
PUK
R4

12
PUK
R5

7
PUK
R6

7
HDV
R7

1
HDV
R8

11
HDV
R9

5
BAR
R10

9
BAR
R11

17
BAR
R12

13
QLD
R13

4
WIN
R14

4
ORA
R15

3
ORA
R16

4
SAN
R17

2
BAT
R18

6
SUR
R19

25
SUR
R20

10
SYM
R21

7
SYM
R22

5
SYM
R23

5
EAS
R24

7
EAS
R25

9
EAS
R26

3
2nd 1936
2005 ADE
R1

2
ADE
R2

18
PUK
R3

2
PUK
R4

2
PUK
R5

2
BAR
R6

4
BAR
R7

2
BAR
R8

1
EAS
R9

5
EAS
R10

6
SHA
R11

13
SHA
R12

6
SHA
R13

26
HDV
R14

14
HDV
R15

4
HDV
R16

Ret
QLD
R17

4
ORA
R18

2
ORA
R19

1
SAN
R20

7
BAT
R21

5
SUR
R22

4
SUR
R23

10
SUR
R24

24
SYM
R25

8
SYM
R26

9
SYM
R27

10
PHI
R28

5
PHI
R29

5
PHI
R30

5
1st 1922
2006 1 ADE
R1

9
ADE
R2

7
PUK
R3

2
PUK
R4

6
PUK
R5

5
BAR
R6

10
BAR
R7

8
BAR
R8

6
WIN
R9

12
WIN
R10

5
WIN
R11

25
HDV
R12

10
HDV
R13

7
HDV
R14

9
QLD
R15

5
QLD
R16

9
QLD
R17

5
ORA
R18

12
ORA
R19

5
ORA
R20

21
SAN
R21

27
BAT
R22

4
SUR
R23

8
SUR
R24

8
SUR
R25

5
SYM
R26

14
SYM
R27

10
SYM
R28

10
BHR
R29

13
BHR
R30

21
BHR
R31

10
PHI
R32

14
PHI
R33

26
PHI
R34

30
8th 2708
2007 9 ADE
R1

8
ADE
R2

4
BAR
R3

24
BAR
R4

14
BAR
R5

10
PUK
R6

8
PUK
R7

9
PUK
R8

10
WIN
R9

Ret
WIN
R10

8
WIN
R11

6
EAS
R12

7
EAS
R13

11
EAS
R14

12
HDV
R15

Ret
HDV
R16

Ret
HDV
R17

11
QLD
R18

9
QLD
R19

6
QLD
R20

9
ORA
R21

Ret
ORA
R22

9
ORA
R23

3
SAN
R24

7
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26

4
SUR
R27

3
SUR
R28

3
BHR
R29

5
BHR
R30

8
BHR
R31

7
SYM
R32

16
SYM
R33

30
SYM
R34

13
PHI
R35

8
PHI
R36

19
PHI
R37

26
11th 311
2008 Shane van Gisbergen ADE
R1

12
ADE
R2

5
EAS
R3

17
EAS
R4

27
EAS
R5

17
HAM
R6

21
HAM
R7

26
HAM
R8

10
BAR
R9

Ret
BAR
R10

10
BAR
R11

12
SAN
R12

9
SAN
R13

2
SAN
R14

4
HDV
R15

12
HDV
R16

15
HDV
R17

9
QLD
R18

17
QLD
R19

21
QLD
R20

17
WIN
R21

14
WIN
R22

22
WIN
R23

12
PHI
Q

5
PHI
R24

10
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26

17
SUR
R27

13
SUR
R28

Ret
BHR
R29

7
BHR
R30

26
BHR
R31

10
SYM
R32

5
SYM
R33

Ret
SYM
R34

DSQ
ORA
R35

Ret
ORA
R36

13
ORA
R37

5
15th 1614
2009 ADE
R1

6
ADE
R2

13
HAM
R3

17
HAM
R4

15
WIN
R5

6
WIN
R6

12
SYM
R7

6
SYM
R8

20
HDV
R9

20
HDV
R10

9
TOW
R11

12
TOW
R12

Ret
SAN
R13

15
SAN
R14

Ret
QLD
R15

9
QLD
R16

12
PHI
Q

4
PHI
R17

10
BAT
R18

13
SUR
R19

5
SUR
R20

7
SUR
R21

19
SUR
R22

11
PHI
R23

5
PHI
R24

6
BAR
R25

15
BAR
R26

13
SYD
R27

10
SYD
R28

6
12th 1970
2010 YMC
R1

6
YMC
R2

3
BHR
R3

5
BHR
R4

3
ADE
R5

22
ADE
R6

4
HAM
R7

Ret
HAM
R8

7
QLD
R9

3
QLD
R10

3
WIN
R11

5
WIN
R12

12
HDV
R13

3
HDV
R14

3
TOW
R15

8
TOW
R16

7
PHI
Q

3
PHI
R17

27
BAT
R18

9
SUR
R19

3
SUR
R20

2
SYM
R21

13
SYM
R22

11
SAN
R23

9
SAN
R24

Ret
SYD
R25

Ret
SYD
R26

3
6th 2391
2011 YMC
R1

4
YMC
R2

8
ADE
R3

13
ADE
R4

18
HAM
R5

16
HAM
R6

1
BAR
R7

4
BAR
R8

10
BAR
R9

7
WIN
R10

14
WIN
R11

4
HID
R12

7
HID
R13

1
TOW
R14

11
TOW
R15

5
QLD
R16

11
QLD
R17

8
QLD
R18

3
PHI
Q

1
PHI
R19

5
BAT
R20

6
SUR
R21

16
SUR
R22

16
SYM
R23

7
SYM
R24

7
SAN
R25

5
SAN
R26

6
SYD
R27

3
SYD
R28

3
4th 2672
2012 ADE
R1

11
ADE
R2

6
SYM
R3

4
SYM
R4

2
HAM
R5

22
HAM
R6

10
BAR
R7

7
BAR
R8

11
BAR
R9

18
PHI
R10

2
PHI
R11

4
HID
R12

7
HID
R13

7
TOW
R14

22
TOW
R15

7
QLD
R16

7
QLD
R17

7
SMP
R18

7
SMP
R19

13
SAN
Q

1
SAN
R20

5
BAT
R21

12
SUR
R22

10
SUR
R23

9
YMC
R24

3
YMC
R25

3
YMC
R26

4
WIN
R27

Ret
WIN
R28

4
SYD
R29

Ret
SYD
R30

Ret
6th 2554

Drivers

Super2 drivers

The Stone Brothers

Ross and Jim Stone, two New Zealand-born brothers, were the team manager and chief engineer of SBR respectively. Ross won the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship twice in the 1970s. In 1986 the Stones engineered a Holden VK Commodore for Graeme Crosby[12] and in 1987 they engineered the Nissan Skyline DR30s of Team Nissan New Zealand for Kent Baigent and Graham Bowkett.[13]

In 1988/89 Ross engineered Andrew Miedecke's Ford Sierra RS500,[14][15] and in 1990/91 a Sierra for Kevin Waldock's Playscape Racing.[16][17] During the same era, Jim worked for Tony Longhurst Racing.

Both were reunited at Dick Johnson Racing in 1992 running Sierras and later Falcons overseeing victory in 1994 at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 endurance races. They also masterminded John Bowe's 1995 series and Sandown 500 wins.[18][19]

In 1996 they formed Alan Jones Racing with former world champion, Alan Jones. The brothers bought out Jones' share in the team after two seasons and the team was renamed Stone Brothers Racing in 1998. After selling the team to Erebus Motorsport at the end of 2012, Ross stayed on as team manager until the end of 2014,[20] while Jim is running Matt Stone Racing in the Development Series with his son.[21] Ross has since begun his own team, Ross Stone Racing running an Aston Martin in GT racing for Andrew Miedecke.

References

  1. ^ Stone Brothers Racing History Archived 4 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine Stone Brothers Racing
  2. ^ "Erebus Motorsport on the V8 Supercar Grid in 2013". v8supercars.com.au. Telstra BigPond. 19 September 2012. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Erebus Motorsport completes SBR take over" Speedcafe 8 January 2013
  4. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1996). The Great Race 16. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  5. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1997). V8 Bathurst 1. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1329-3184.
  6. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1998). V8 Bathurst 2. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1329-3184.
  7. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1999). The Great Race 19. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  8. ^ Normoyle, Steve (2000). The Great Race 20. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  9. ^ "Slade's V8 Supercar future confirmed". Speedcafe. 21 November 2009.
  10. ^ "Slade gets first SBR FG Falcon laps". Speedcafe. 19 December 2009.
  11. ^ "SBR confirms three-year Holdsworth deal". Speedcafe. 26 October 2011.
  12. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1987). The Great Race 6. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  13. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1988). The Great Race 7. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  14. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1989). The Great Race 8. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  15. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1990). The Great Race 9. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  16. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1991). The Great Race 10. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  17. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1992). The Great Race 11. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  18. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1994). The Great Race 14. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  19. ^ Normoyle, Steve (1995). The Great Race 15. Hornsby: Chevron Publishing. ISSN 1031-6124.
  20. ^ Ross Stone set for V8 Supercars sabbatical Speedcafe 18 November 2014
  21. ^ "Stones not ready to roll away from V8 Supercars racing". Speedcafe. 15 December 2012.