04 NOV 2020
Kim Jones steps away
After more than four decades, Brad Jones Racing co-owner Kim Jones is stepping away from racing and handing over his share of the family business to his brother Brad.
In recent years Kim has been working predominantly behind the scenes securing and developing relationships with BJR partners. As co-owner he has helped source millions of dollars to transform BJR into the successful 3-tier Supercars Championship team it is today.
Throughout their 40 astonishing years together, Kim and Brad have amassed an extensive list of achievements including 642 Supercar races with 14 race wins, 17 poles, 67 podiums, 6 Bathurst 1000 podium finishes plus a Super 2 and Super 3 Championship. BJR was dominant in AUSCAR in the 1980s and 90s with 5 Championships along with 1 NASCAR Championship, 2 Super Touring Championships and 1 Australian Production Car Championship.
Kim Jones feels the time is right to step away and move into the next chapter of his life, "Let me start by saying how do you condense your working life into a few words?
"Firstly, I would like to thank my wife and family for their ongoing support, at times it's been very tough especially in the early days. There is no doubt that there has been many interesting and memorable times as well.
"It's great that lots of people we have met through racing over the years have become good friends, the same goes for staff, who without them we would never have had the success we've had.
"Working with your brother for so many years has had its challenges but at the end of the day we made a great team and we have achieved far more than we could have ever imagined when we started.
"There have been lots of stages in my life so far racing has been one of them and I'm looking forward to the next one relaxing and enjoying life.
"I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and wish the team and Brad much success into the future."
Brad Jones is proud to have co-owned and run such a long and successful business with his brother, "Kim has been semi-retired now for a number of years but it's still a weird feeling coming into work and not having him around." Brad Jones said.
"We're in different stages of our life and he's looking to slow down which I respect. I'm very proud of the things that we've achieved together in motorsport, the championships we've won, the relationships with people we've developed and the partnerships that we have formed.
"When I reflect back to the start, it was only Kim and I with a couple of friends helping. We had an old green panel van to tow our race car on a borrowed trailer with very little money from a sponsor our father secured to get the job done. I always felt it was Kim and I against the world. The first seven Australian Championships we won like that, just the two of us. For many years we were an almost unbeatable combination at everything we raced.
"I look around at what we have built together and can't help but think of how proud our father would be." Brad Jones acknowledged.
From Brad and all the team at Brad Jones Racing we'd like to thank Kim for all the hard work and dedication to the team. His presence at the workshop and on-track will be dearly missed. We wish Kim all the best for his next phase in his life and a happy retirement.