You Say Hello and I’ll Say Goodbye Hello Hello

Hello my JBR Friends, We trust you’re well ... apologies in advance if our Newsletter has borrowings from song lyrics!

The very title is Beatles .... somewhat fitting really if we look back over the past month. It’s been busy since our last note going into Winton.

I can’t believe how fast the world moves. In April I went to the Adelaide Historic meeting where I drove John Calleja’s F1 March Cosworth - and we took the Silverware home. I’ve had plenty of days with our JBR Partners and I slipped in a drive of the GTF @ Ford’s Proving Ground after a great weekend’s racing at Barbagello Raceway. An amazing car! I had a round of the AGT series at Sandown in May (on the podium again), then I went to the Sunshine Coast with Dick Johnson for the Legends of Motorsport gig with my ol mate Neil Crompton. The Series is due to air in July ... if you follow me on facebook we’ll publish times of the upcoming episodes.

Dick and I went to Townsville the following day to launch the V8Supercar Townsville 500 at Townsville Enterprise Business Breakfast. The night before Hammo created the Dunlop Super Dealer ‘Motorsport Royal Family Reunion Tour’ for local race fans ... it was a great night. It’s our plan to run similar nights throughout the year ... hope you can make it to one of them.

Plenty of old yarns told in Townsville – great memories Dunlop Super Dealer Townsville event Sponsor – Russ McSherry I had my US family visit recently ... my son Niki lives in the US (works for Google), he brought his family home for a visit – it was great to see my kids again! I’ve been to Mildura for Rare Spares with the Let’s Torque Motorsport weekend. The other guests were my dear friend Jim Richards, Speedway ace and former multiple World Champion – Jason Crump and drag guru Phil Lamattina. It was a beaut weekend, topped off with a Gala Dinner.
In my spare time I raced at Hidden Valley last weekend. I almost forgot how much I love racing Mustang Sally – we had a pretty good weekend on reflection. For me the TCM Category has really raised the bar ... there are a few new cars and the teams have really lifted the bar I reckon.
I’ve been going to race meetings for over forty years and I never ... ever get ahead of myself! Over the last season and a half I know when I slide into Mustang Sally she will be good! We were pretty slick in Practise ... that doesn’t count for much … it’s just that practise!
We had TCM Quali session on Saturday morning ... just before the temp was on the climb. During the day the Darwin winter temp often nudges 30 degrees ... please! I did an out lap to get a little heat in the tyres and I had a crack .. I was pretty happy with the time and I kept it going ... to jag a 1.14.1 ... a new TCM Hidden Valley record and my third TCM pole this season.
I was please with my time ..... it still wasn’t a perfect lap ... but as close as I’ve ever been I reckon! I duffed one corner ... so that’s about 1/10 sec. It was a good time – my Transport/Logistics Manager Ralph was seated next to David Wall in the DJR garage and David said ... ‘I just did a 10.8 and JB’s just done a 1.14.1 ... ‘my cars had $200M dollars in development ... and Mustang Sally is 45 years old .. not to mention JB’s been at this caper for over forty years’
You can’t achieve much in Motorsport unless you have the right team around you, all going in the same direction at the same speed ... it ‘s called harmony, and we’ve got that in spades. Steve Makarios (Synergy Race Engines) is our JBR Crew Chief, he knows the engine business like very few I’ve ever met. His number one man – Brendan is as clever a race fella as you’ll meet. That my friends is the key to our success ... attracting the right people who work together.
Our Logistics man – Ralph has been busy in our new FUSO Truck .. we decided to call him Harry … get it! Harry met Sally. They’ve been to Perth/Darwin and Harry left a few days ago for the Townsville 500 with the Wilson Ride cars. So it’s more warm weather for JBR … I’m happy about that.
Last weekend in Darwin I had a new coaching team – Dick and Steve Johnson, its may turn to wear the coaches hat … Stevie is running in the Dunlop Series (in Townsville) to keep his eye in. Stevie had a ride in Mustang Sally, we are trying to find a budget so Stevie can drive Mustang Sally in the TCM races at Eastern Creek in August and I’ll Guest Drive in another car – just not sure which one at this stage.

We are very fortunate to have one of the best motorsport photographers in the business – Ross Gibb on our team. Ross shots for a number of teams including Wilson Security Racing … here a selection of Ross’s handy work!
One of the Darwin Highlights for all in the TCM paddock was the return of Greg Crick, he’s was very ill since LiquiMoly Bathurst 12 Hour. Cricky suffered Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and was in a very bad way. It was great to have him around the paddock, his poor jokes/pranks and he’s a stirrer. He made a massive difference to our TCM races – he was our Driving Standards Officer and he did an outstanding job.. great to have you back mate!
While I’m always busy in Townsville – I have driving duties this weekend in the Maranello Motorsport prepared Ferrari 458 of Peter Edwards. Pete is overseas so I’m driving with Tony D’Alberto, so it’s the first time I’ve raced at Townsville – I’ve cut plenty of laps in the Wilson Security GT round there … it’s similar, but not quite the same!
Of course there is a V8Supercar round this weekend … I have to say the standard of excellence is the likes I’ve not seen ever in Motor racing. Sadly, some say the racing’s been a little boring – beats me! The sprint races (on Saturday) in Darwin were somewhat processional. To make a finer point - the teams, drivers and engineering staff have delivered outstanding racing by the sports very best in my eyes.

I think Triple Eight have the wood on the others in the 100k races because both Lowndes and Whincup qualify so well – and that’s critical in the shorter races. Who else – The Giz has been a man on a mission, BJR have shown they have real pace and you have to look at FPR given their strong showing throughout the year. Don’t overlook James Courtney in the twenty two car.

In all, it’s been a busy time in our world, I thank everyone for their support and interest in our world. If you are headed to Townsville – we are located in the AGT paddock, or drop us a note or call Hammo on 0408 235 374 so we can catch up.

Cheers, JB

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