Jason Bright (born 7 March 1973) is a retired Australian racing driver who competed in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. He drove the No. 56 Ford FG X Falcon for Britek Motorsport, a satellite team of Prodrive Racing Australia, before retiring from full-time racing at the end of the 2017.[1]

Racing career

Australia

Bright started his motor racing career at the age of 15 in 1988 and won the Junior Club Championship at the Gippsland Go-Kart Club. One year later, Bright won the Senior Club Championships.

In 1990, Bright was the runner-up in the Victorian Go Karting Championship and he went on to win the championship in 1991.

1992 saw Bright move into single-seaters and into the Victorian Formula Ford Championship and finished fourth and dovetailed this with another go-kart campaign, finishing third overall in Australia.

Bright made his debut in the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 1993, in a factory-backed Spectrum. In the season, he had a best finish of sixth at Symmons Plains, but in the Australian Formula Ford Festival at Winton, he finished second. Bright finished third in the 1994 Australian Formula Ford Championship, behind Steven Richards and Gavin Monaghan. He won the Formula Ford race supporting the Australian Grand Prix.

1995 was a fantastic season for Bright, winning the Australian Formula Ford Championship, winning the Australian Grand Prix support race and the Lexmark Indy 300 support race. He was also nominated for two major Australian awards.

He finished runner-up in the 1996 Australian Drivers' Championship behind Paul Stokell, winning 3 races. But in 1997, Bright dominated that championship, winning seven races and made his V8 Supercar debut at Symmons Plains, finishing ninth, but better was to come as he finished third in the Sandown 500 with Alan Jones but failed to capitalise at Bathurst a few weeks later, finishing eleventh.

In 1998, Bright became a full-time touring car driver, joining Stone Brothers Racing, showing considerable promise with several top six performances and a third place at Calder Park. He and co-driver Steven Richards won the Bathurst Classic (the V8Supercar version of the Bathurst 1000 that year) coming back after Bright crashed heavily in practice and only being able to record a single flying lap in qualifying because of the extensive repairs.

In 1999, he had six podiums, including a win at Hidden Valley Raceway and three pole positions. He also took part in the sportscar race at Adelaide to bring in 2000 and finished third in class.

2001 saw Bright return to the V8 Supercar series after a stint in Champ Car competition (see below), with the multi-championship-winning Holden Racing Team. Bright won the season-opening Clipsal 500 and led for most of the first half of the season before fading to third. 2002 was another good season at HRT, with 2 wins and a pole.

2003 saw Bright move to Paul Weel Racing and consistency was the key to get him fourth in the standings. 2004 saw Bright win three races finishing third in the championship. Bright also won the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour race in a Holden Monaro driving with the late Peter Brock, Greg Murphy and Todd Kelly. This car was run by rival V8 Supercar team Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Bright crossed marques in 2005 when he moved to Ford Performance Racing. Bright finished ninth overall for FPR.

Bright had an awful start to the 2006 season, finishing 15th and 25th in Adelaide. However he improved throughout the season, ending with a win at the Sandown 500 and the inaugural Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit as well as podiums at Surfers Paradise and Symmons Plains.

For 2007, Bright left FPR to join his struggling Britek Motorsport team and battled in the midfield. After two seasons with funds tightening, Bright leased out one of his two Racing Entitlement Contracts and focussed on just one car. Further to the team cutbacks, Bright came to an arrangement with Stone Brothers Racing to do vehicle preparation and but most of his team equipment and workshop on the market, effectively shutting down Britek as a racing team. His form gradually improved at SBR and jumped forward when his older Britek BF Falcon was replaced with a SBR FG Falcon picking up a third at the Sydney 500 and leading the race, but by this stage Bright's major sponsor Fujitsu had announced they would be leaving the team.

Brad Jones Racing team owner, Kim Jones confirmed that Bright will be joining the team for the 2010 season.[2]

Bright confirmed that he would re-join Prodrive Racing Australia after leaving BJR for the 2017 Supercars Championship season, just 10 years after he left the team for Britek Motorsports, making him the fourth driver in the team.[3]

Overseas

Bright's first taste of international competition was in 1996, a hectic year in which he raced in both the United States and Australia. He won two races in the US Formula Ford 2000 Championship, at St. Petersburg and Mosport, finished second in the championship behind Steve Knapp and was awarded Rookie of the Year.

In 2000, Bright left Australia to join the Indy Lights series in America, where he had five podium finishes and finished sixth in the standings. He also made his Champ Car debut at the Lexmark Indy 300 that year.

In 2006, he drove for Prodrive in an Aston Martin at the Sebring 12 Hour finishing fourth.[4] 2013 he made his debut at the Le mans 24 Hour race driving for 8 Star Motorsports. They finished 10th in class.

Britek Motorsport

Bright established his own V8 Supercar team, Britek Motorsport, in 2005. He was driving for Ford Performance Racing at the time and thus his team had restrictions on testing and driver licensing. The team is officially referred to as Fujitsu Racing, after their marquee sponsor. Bright joined his own team in 2007. He nearly won the 2007 Bathurst 1000 but a bad tyre call in the pits left him hitting the wall at McPhillamy Park with 10 laps to go.

Britek also briefly ran Ford Australias entry in the Australian Rally Championship, a pair of Super 2000 Ford Fiestas for Michael Guest and Darren Windus.

The team wound down after the 2008 season. The team's franchises remained live in 2009 with one leased out and Bright running the other as a Stone Brothers Racing customer team. At the end of 2009, the leased franchise was sold off to Brad Jones Racing.

Brad Jones Racing

For the 2010 season, Bright drove a Holden VE Commodore for Brad Jones Racing.

Jason Bright's 2010 season was rather inconsistent, but a couple of good qualifying performances at the back half of the year, a 4th place at the 2010 Bathurst 1000, and a podium finish at Symmons Plains, finishing behind Paul Dumbrell and Mark Winterbottom led to an overall result of 14th place in the championship. Race 8 in Perth saw Bright win Brad Jones Racing its first-ever V8 Supercars win. Bright followed this up with a win at Winton and was amongst the favourites to win the championship with a high of 4th in the championship standings. However, Bright's 2011 season faded away. Later in the season, Bright injured his ribs and missed 3 events as a result. His 2012 season was rather inconsistent, finishing 16th - for the second year in a row.

In 2013, with the introduction of the Car Of The Future rules, Brad Jones Racing saw a dramatic change in performance in both Bright and teammate Fabian Coulthard. Using the new Holden VF Commodore, the team saw back-to-back wins at Tasmania, with Bright winning his first race since Winton 2011. Bright then went on to win Race 4 at Pukekohe Raceway, which awarded him the inaugural Jason Richards Memorial Trophy, for scoring the most points over the weekend; his famous celebration ended up in him busting a fluorescent light while jumping for joy. Bright's form thus far has been rather consistent, landing him with enough points to make the Top 10 in the 2013 championship. A stroke of bad luck, however, saw Bright not being able to compete in Race 1 at Gold Coast, after Andrew Jones severely damaged the car during practice. However, they did manage to repair the car to such an extent that they competed in Race 2, where they managed to place 15th. Bright finished the 2013 Championship season in 7th place, one place below teammate Fabian Coulthard.

Bright had a disastrous start to 2014, with a monumental crash in Race 3 at the Clipsal 500 giving him his first and only DNF for the season. Since then, Bright has been rather inconsistent, with only one podium finish; a win at the Auckland 500.

Career results

The Brad Jones Racing entered Holden VF Commodore of Jason Bright at the 2014 Coates Hire Ipswich 400
Season Series Position Car Team
1992 Victorian Formula Ford Championship 1st Spectrum 05 - Ford
1993 Australian Formula Ford Championship 17th Spectrum 05 Ford Borland Racing Developments
1994 Australian Formula Ford Championship 3rd Swift SC93F - Ford Jason Bright
1995 Australian Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF95 - Ford Valvoline Australia
1996 United States Formula Ford 2000 2nd Van Diemen RF96 - Ford Van Diemen USA
Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Reynard 91D - Holden Birrana Racing
1997 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Reynard 91D Holden Birrana Racing
Australian Touring Car Championship 21st Holden VS Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 9th Ford EL Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
1999 Shell Championship Series 8th Ford AU Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2000 Indy Lights 6th Lola B2K/20 - Buick Doricott Racing
Champcar World Series 31st Reynard 2Ki - Toyota Della-Penna Racing
Shell Championship Series 26th Ford AU Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
American Le Mans Series 36th Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S Panoz Motor Sports
2001 Shell Championship Series 3rd Holden VX Commodore Holden Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 4th Holden VX Commodore Holden Racing Team
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 4th Holden VX Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 3rd Holden VY Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 9th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 5th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
American Le Mans Series-GT1 Class 11th Aston Martin DBR9 Prodrive
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 21st Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 19th Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 19th Ford BF Falcon
Ford FG Falcon
Britek Motorsport
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 14th Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 16th Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
Australian Production Car Championship 25th HSV VXR Racer Industries
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 16th Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 7th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 11th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 16th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 17th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 20th Ford FG X Falcon Britek Motorsport
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 48th Holden ZB Commodore Team 18
2019 TCR Australia 7th Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Melbourne Performance Centre



Complete Supercars Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 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 DC Points
1997 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VS Commodore CAL
R1

CAL
R2

CAL
R3

PHI
R4

PHI
R5

PHI
R6

SAN
R7

SAN
R8

SAN
R9

SYM
R10

SYM
R11

SYM
R12

WIN
R13
WIN
R14
WIN
R15
EAS
R16

EAS
R17

EAS
R18

LAK
R19

LAK
R20

LAK
R21

BAR
R22

BAR
R23

BAR
R24

MAL
R25

MAL
R26

MAL
R27

ORA
R28

ORA
R29

ORA
R30

21st
1998 Stone Brothers Racing Ford EL Falcon SAN
R1
SAN
R2
SAN
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
SYM
R6
LAK
R7

LAK
R8

LAK
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

PHI
R12

WIN
R13

WIN
R14

WIN
R15

MAL
R16

MAL
R17

MAL
R18

BAR
R19

BAR
R20

BAR
R21

CAL
R22

CAL
R23

CAL
R24

HDV
R25

HDV
R26

HDV
R27

ORA
R28

ORA
R29

ORA
R30

9th
1999 Stone Brothers Racing Ford AU Falcon EAS
R1

EAS
R2

EAS
R3

ADE
R4

ADE
R5

BAR
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

PHI
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

SAN
R15

SAN
R16

SAN
R16

QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

CAL
R21

CAL
R22

CAL
R23

SYM
R24

SYM
R25

SYM
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

WIN
R29

ORA
R30

ORA
R31

ORA
R32

QLD
R33

BAT
R34

8th
2000 Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon PHI
R1
PHI
R2
BAR
R3
BAR
R4
BAR
R5
ADE
R6
ADE
R7
EAS
R8
EAS
R9
EAS
R10
HDV
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
CAN
R14
CAN
R15
CAN
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
QLD
R19
WIN
R20
WIN
R21
WIN
R22
ORA
R23
ORA
R24
ORA
R25
CAL
R26
CAL
R27
CAL
R28
QLD
R29

SAN
R30
SAN
R31
SAN
R32
BAT
R33

26th
2001 Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore 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
3rd
2002 Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

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

4th
2003 Team Brock Holden VX Commodore ADE
R1

3
ADE
R1

6
PHI
R3

2
EAS
R4

4
WIN
R5

2
BAR
R6

12
BAR
R7

10
BAR
R8

10
HDV
R9

3
HDV
R10

4
HDV
R11

4
QLD
R12

5
ORA
R13

19
SAN
R14

31
BAT
R15

Ret
SUR
R16

4
SUR
R17

Ret
PUK
R18

21
PUK
R19

3
PUK
R20

2
EAS
R21

2
EAS
R22

2
4th 1770
2004 Paul Weel Racing Holden VY Commodore ADE
R1

14
ADE
R2

3
EAS
R3

13
PUK
R4

2
PUK
R5

1
PUK
R6

1
HDV
R7

4
HDV
R8

17
HDV
R9

10
BAR
R10

2
BAR
R11

1
BAR
R12

1
QLD
R13

5
WIN
R14

3
ORA
R15

4
ORA
R16

3
SAN
R17

10
BAT
R18

12
SUR
R19

7
SUR
R20

Ret
SYM
R21

10
SYM
R22

24
SYM
R23

2
EAS
R24

3
EAS
R25

21
EAS
R26

23
3rd 1920
2005 Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

19
ADE
R2

11
PUK
R3

7
PUK
R4

11
PUK
R5

7
BAR
R6

16
BAR
R7

7
BAR
R8

22
EAS
R9

33
EAS
R10

23
SHA
R11

7
SHA
R12

20
SHA
R13

6
HDV
R14

Ret
HDV
R15

9
HDV
R16

8
QLD
R17

9
ORA
R18

7
ORA
R19

7
SAN
R20

6
BAT
R21

14
SUR
R22

8
SUR
R23

9
SUR
R24

9
SYM
R25

7
SYM
R26

17
SYM
R27

16
PHI
R28

31
PHI
R29

13
PHI
R30

7
9th 1566
2006 Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

25
ADE
R2

15
PUK
R3

3
PUK
R4

20
PUK
R5

20
BAR
R6

5
BAR
R7

Ret
BAR
R8

28
WIN
R9

1
WIN
R10

20
WIN
R11

2
HDV
R12

24
HDV
R13

1
HDV
R14

4
QLD
R15

2
QLD
R16

8
QLD
R17

3
ORA
R18

4
ORA
R19

18
ORA
R20

Ret
SAN
R21

1
BAT
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

7
SUR
R24

6
SUR
R25

4
SYM
R26

1
SYM
R27

3
SYM
R28

2
BHR
R29

1
BHR
R30

2
BHR
R31

2
PHI
R32

10
PHI
R33

8
PHI
R34

4
5th 2868
2007 Britek Motorsport Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

ADE
R2

BAR
R3

BAR
R4

BAR
R5

PUK
R6

PUK
R7

PUK
R8

WIN
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

EAS
R12

EAS
R13

EAS
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

HDV
R17

QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

ORA
R21

ORA
R22

ORA
R23

SAN
R24

BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SUR
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

SYM
R32

SYM
R33

SYM
R34

PHI
R35

PHI
R36

PHI
R37

30th

Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1997 Alan Jones Racing Ford Falcon EL Australia Alan Jones
United States Scott Pruett
11th 153
1998 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon EL New Zealand Steven Richards 1st 161
1999 Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon AU New Zealand Craig Baird DNF 145
2000 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon AU New Zealand Paul Radisich 2nd 161
2001 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VX Czech Republic Tomas Mezera DNF 126
2002 Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VX Czech Republic Tomas Mezera 3rd 161
2003 Team Brock Holden Commodore VX Australia Paul Weel DNF 44
2004 Paul Weel Racing Holden Commodore VY Australia Paul Weel 12th 159
2005 Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia David Brabham 14th 152
2006 Ford Performance Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia Mark Winterbottom DNF 28
2007 Britek Motorsport Ford Falcon BF Australia Adam Macrow DNF 149
2008 Britek Motorsport Ford Falcon BF Australia Adam Macrow 9th 161
2009 Britek Motorsport Ford Falcon FG Australia Karl Reindler 11th 161
2010 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VE New Zealand Matthew Halliday 4th 161
2011 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VE Australia Andrew Jones 5th 161
2012 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VE Australia Andrew Jones 21st 153
2013 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VF Australia Andrew Jones 5th 161
2014 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VF Australia Andrew Jones 14th 158
2015 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VF Australia Andrew Jones 7th 161
2016 Brad Jones Racing Holden Commodore VF Australia Andrew Jones DNF 89
2017 Britek Motorsport Ford Falcon FG X Australia Garry Jacobson 8th 161
2018 Team 18 Holden Commodore ZB Australia Lee Holdsworth 21st 157

American Open-Wheel

(key)

Indy Lights results

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2000 Dorricott Racing LBH
2
MIL
2
DET
Ret
POR
1
MIC
9
CHI
DNS
ROA
3
VAN
14
LS
8
STL
3
HOU
Ret
FON
14
6th 91

Champ Car

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
2000 Della Penna Motorsports MIA LBH RIO MOT NZR MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIC CHI MDO ROA VAN LS STL HOU SRF
18
FON 31st 0

International GT Racing

Complete American Le Mans Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2000 United States Panoz Motor Sports LMP Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S Élan 6L8 6.0L V8 SEB CHA SIL NÜR SON MOS TEX ROS PET MON LSV ADE
ovr:9
cls:3
36th 24

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 Venezuela 8 Star Motorsports LMGTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL SPA LMS
8
SÃO COA FUJ SHA BHR 41st 1

Bathurst 24 Hour results

The Holden Monaro 427Cs early in the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour race. Bright partnered Peter Brock, Greg Murphy and Todd Kelly to win in the red #05 car.
Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Overall
position
Class
position
2003 Australia Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Peter Brock
New Zealand Greg Murphy
Australia Todd Kelly
Holden Monaro 427C A 527 1st 1st

12 Hours of Sebring results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Overall
position
Class
position
2006 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing France Stéphane Sarrazin
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 337 4th 2nd

Bathurst 12 Hour results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Overall
position
Class
position
2010 Australia Action Racing Australia Marcus Zukanovic
Denmark Allan Simonsen
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 I 121 26th 1st
2013 France Team Peugeot RCZ France Stéphane Caillet
France Julien Rueflin
Peugeot RCZ Cup I1 214 23rd 2nd
2014 Australia skwirk.com.au Australia Warren Luff
Australia Rod Salmon
Australia Liam Talbot
Audi R8 LMS Ultra A DNS DNS

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Overall
position
Class
position
2013 United States 8 Star Motorsports Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio
Portugal Rui Águas
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 LMGTEAm 294 37th 10th

References

  1. ^ "Prodrive Racing Australia - News - BRIGHT START TO MEGA NEW DEAL". www.prodriveracing.com.au. Archived from the original on 1 January 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Jason Bright confirmed at BJR". Speedcafe. Seventh Vision. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Bright joins Prodrive". Speedcafe. Stefan Bartholomaeus ©. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  4. ^ [1] Sebring 12 Hour results 2006. Retrieved 16 April 2011 from Motorsport.com
Sporting positions
Preceded by Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
1997
Succeeded by
Preceded by Winner of the Bathurst Classic
1998
(with Steven Richards)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Winner of the Clipsal 500
2001
Succeeded by