In his first racing weekend with his self-owned team, Jason Bright’s Focus isn’t on winning the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, but on racking up series points.
February 28, 2007, 5.30pm. Leading Australian V8 Supercar driver Jason Bright is aiming for a solid finish in his first outing with his own team at the opening round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series on the streets of Adelaide this weekend.
Bright says his primary aim isn’t to win the Clipsal 500, but to start the year with a finish in the top half of the field.
"If I finish in the top half I would’ve achieved a better result than last year where I finished 21st overall.
"It's not about comparing last year to this year. It's about building throughout 2007 with this team.
"This is a very tough competition and Adelaide is the toughest challenge we have in the season. Concrete walls line the track and I know from experience that those walls are unforgiving.
"There's going to be carnage at some point, we must be clear of that. We have to keep our heads and make the most of the opportunities that come our way.
"Two 250-kilomtre races require plenty of patience and I can't see everyone showing that.”
Bright’s Fujitsu Racing Team, led by chief engineer, Geoff Slater, has made several improvements to the Ford Falcon race car.
"There are a lot of new ideas on this car compared to 2006," said Slater.
"Most of those ideas have already started to pay off (in testing at Winton last week), and I'm sure our improvement in race pace will be evident.”