NOVOCASTRIAN Motorsport will farewell its Brad Jones Racing-built Falcons in this weekend’s seventh and final round of the 2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series at Homebush.
Built by BJR for the V8 Supercar Championship Series in 2004 and 2005, the family-run squad acquired the first of the cars in late 2009, for Drew Russell to use in the series. Two further chassis’ followed ahead of the 2010 season when Aaren Russell joined the class, with the third coming into use this year for Michael Hector.
Despite the age of their machinery, all three drivers recorded their best race results of the year in the last round of the series at Winton, with Drew Russell fifth, Aaren Russell sixth and Michael Hector 13th in Race 2.
The team will upgrade for the 2013 season, with two Stone Brothers Racing-built FG Falcons secured, and options being canvassed for a third car.
In his Carrington Equipment Group Falcon, Drew Russell is looking to record his best result in the series, having recorded Top 10 round results in four of the six events contested to date. Currently ninth and within striking distance of eighth, the 24-year-old’s previous highest placing is 10th in 2010.
Younger brother Aaren sits 17th entering the final round. At Winton, Russell was enjoying his best event of the season and eyeing his first Top 10 round result of 2012, before the CEG Rentals Falcon was turned around in the final race.
Michael Hector will end the year at Homebush in the same way he’s spent most of it; racing on a circuit he’s never visited before. Entering the last round of his maiden season in the class, Hector is 21st in the standings.
Practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday morning will be followed by a pair of 17-lap races, one each on Saturday and Sunday, in the 2012 season finale.
“If it wasn’t for these cars and this deal we managed to do with Brad Jones to get them, we wouldn’t be racing. They’ve been ideal. Sure, they haven’t been the most competitive cars, but it’s meant we’ve been there.
“We’re in a good position to wrap up a Top 10 in the championship. My aim for this weekend, though is to try to get up to eighth. We’re in with a shot at it, so I’m just going to push as hard as I can to try to make that happen.”
“It’s our closest round for the year travel-wise so we are loving that, being only two hours away. We’ll have a lot of sponsors and supporters from Newcastle heading down, so it will be a big weekend.
“I really enjoy the track, there are a few corners where you do have to flow the car, and a few corners that are stop-start. It actually is the one track that probably suits our cars best, we just need to qualify well, which hasn’t been our strong point this year, and stay out of the trouble that will go on.”
“It’s been a very good year. It’s been a very steep learning curve, but we’ve definitely achieved what we set out to do. The team’s been very good, especially Drew and Aaren helping me, I’ve learnt a lot and it’s really put me in good stead for next year.
“I went and watched the boys at Homebush last year, but I’ve never been on the circuit so it’s déjà vu for me, going back to learning a new track. I’ll spend the weekend being as competitive as I can, while focusing on learning the track and getting a better idea on it for next year.”
Novocastrian Motorsport is proudly supported by Go Karts Go, Carrington Equipment Group, CEG Rentals, Newcastle Commercial Finance, Century Batteries, Mid North Coast Pipelines and Civil, Promac Gearbox and Diff, Steve Koulis Smash Repairs, Koala Glass, Valvoline, Duncan Excavations, Hunter Kitchen King, Mocomm, McCluskey Insurance Brokers, Wurth, Griffiths Transport Newcastle, Burton Visual Signs, Environmental Land Contracting and Lubrimaxx.