The Brad Jones Racing team has confirmed that Walkinshaw Performance Racing driver Fabian Coulthard will join its ranks for the 2012 V8 Supercars season.
The British-born New Zealander (a cousin of former Grand Prix race-winner David Coulthard) was seemingly left without a drive when Walkinshaw Racing announced that it had signed Russell Ingall for the 2012 season, but the former Porsche Carrera Cup champion has been quickly snaffled up by BJR.
Coulthard will become team-mate to Jason Bright, although it is not yet known if he will drive the team’s #14 or #21 Holden Commodore entry next year – ironically, the team’s chassis’ are built by Walkinshaw Performance Racing.
“I’m very happy with the decision. What’s happened over the last few months [at Walkinshaw Performance Racing] has been purely a commercial process and it’s nice to be able to move on; I’m happy to still be racing,” Coulthard has said of the announcement.
“The deal’s only been signed a couple of days. It’s been a whirlwind process but now I can start thinking about the future. I’ve got a lot of unfinished business. I want to win races and, teaming up with Brighty, I think we’ll make a pretty strong combination and bounce ideas off each other.”
It is not yet known who, out of Jason Bargwanna or Karl Reindler, will make way as a result of Coulthard’s appointment, although Reindler is widely tipped to replace David Reynolds, who currently drives for Kelly Racing with backing from STRATCO.
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