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Tim Blanchard will be back on the Supercars grid for the great race, The Bathurst 1000, when he lines up with Macauley Jones in the #3 Team CoolDrive Commodore.
Retiring from full-time racing in 2018 to take on the team owner role at Team CoolDrive, Tim is eager to get back behind the wheel of the #3 Commodore.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Macca this year at Bathurst,” Blanchard said. “The last time we drove together was 2016 Bathurst when we finished in the top ten so I’m hoping we can replicate that result this year.
“Macca has taken a step forward as he gets used to racing in the main game so I’m hoping to provide the support he needs this year to continue that progression.
“It will be an interesting race this year as all the co-drivers are coming into the race with very limited mileage in the lead up. Having worked closely with Macca and BJR over the last few years, hopefully that plays to our advantage.”
No stranger to the Endurance Cup, both as a primary and co-driver, last year Blanchard paired with BJR’s Nick Percat. With 182 races in the Supercars Championship and nine Bathurst starts under his belt, Tim has been working diligently in the past few months to prepare for the final race of the Supercars season.
Macauley Jones knows the importance of gelling with a co-driver, “It’s been great to have Tim back on track the last few rounds overseeing the team as it helps to build our relationship and it makes a smooth transition when he steps in as my co-driver,” said Jones.
“We’ve been going through all the data together and working closely so Tim understands everything that is going on with the car and what needs to be done. I’m feeling positive heading into Bathurst and having a partner with the experience and knowledge that Tim has will work in our favour. We’ve worked well in the past when we drove together back in 2016 so if we can bring it all together on the day, I know it’ll be a strong result for us.”
With The Bathurst 1000 now being confirmed as the finale, it’s only 4 weeks to go until Blanchard pulls on the Blue and white suit once again. The team is looking forward to getting to the mountain and finishing the 2020 season in style.
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