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Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:00

Transporters: On the road with Brad Jones Racing

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The trucks that transport Supercars across the country are so much more than mobile storage devices. V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95 goes inside Brad Jones Racing's Stax transporter with its driver 
Paul Eddy and take a look at its movements across the 2016 season to appreciate the importance of these huge machines.

Issue #95 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95.

On race weekends you'll find Eddy operating the spike during Tim Slade's pitstops in addition to fitting and organising tyres for the #14 Freightliner Racing entry.

But for a third of the year Eddy is hauling Brad Jones Racing's Freightliner truck, nicknamed Stax, around Australia to and from Supercars events.

"I class myself as a truck driver; I've done that for 12 years before I arrived at the team, irrespective of what I do with the tyres and during pitstops," says Eddy.

"It's the driving of the truck that gives me the most satisfaction in my job."

The truck is a 2014 Argosy 110 mid-roof model with a 51-inch sleeper bunk. It runs the latest generation Detroit DD15 15-litre turbodiesel six-cylinder with 560hp and an 18-speed manual.

Stax will typically travel around 50,000km per year for approximately 100-plus days on the road with a running cost of about $100,000.

The feature takes a look at what goes inside the truck, tracks its travel across the country for the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, how the pit garages are setup and the truck is used to house the team at events and the evolution of transporters in Australian touring cars.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of issue #95 to read the full feature.