Veteran Jason Bright tells Mark Fogarty why a return to his old Ford haunt was the best option to keep his Supercars driving career alive in issue #98.
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In the latter half of 2016, it looked as though Jason Bright's driving career was coming to an end. His seven-year stint with Brad Jones Racing (BJR) was over with limited opportunities elsewhere.
But Bright had an ace up his sleeve: ownership of a Racing Entitlement Contract (REC) that had been parked at BJR since he stopped running his own Britek entry. And with Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) losing its Super Black Racing entry and with a title sponsor ready to go, there was a vacancy to park his REC and continue his driving career.
It's a return to a team where Bright drove when it was known as Ford Performance Racing (FPR), while also rekindling his own team ownership aspirations.
"It ended up a pretty obvious choice for me... I didn't realise that there was going to be an opportunity to be at PRA with my licence and driving," says Bright.
"The fourth car there has always been run as a customer car and I didn't realise that they had found a sponsor to run a Prodrive car. I'd been working on other opportunities to drive or put my licence somewhere and also drive, but none of them were done deals, so when the Prodrive opportunity came up I grabbed it with both hands.
"When (PRA team principal) Tim Edwards called me before New Zealand, I was surprised to hear that they had their own sponsor and were just looking for a REC and a driver.
"I was looking for a drive, they needed a licence, they needed a driver, Mega Fuels wanted an established driver and so all the stars aligned and a deal was done quite quickly – within five days.
"That was pretty satisfying because at that point, going into late November, I didn't have anything locked away, so when it came along it was pretty good to see a deal done so quickly."
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