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Old 11-18-2004, 18:31   #1 (permalink)
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Andrew Jones joins Garry Rogers Motorsport for season 2005

Rising V8 ace steps up
By Michael Lynch
November 19, 2004

The 2004 second-tier V8 champion, 24-year-old Ford driver Andrew Jones, will get the chance to step up into the big time next season with a drive in the main supercar championship - in a Commodore.

Jones, Albury-based nephew of serial Bathurst placegetter Brad Jones, will take the second seat in the Garry Rogers Motorsport squad.

The son of Brad Jones' brother and team boss Kim Jones will replace Bathurst winner Garth Tanner, who is joining Kmart Racing next season.

The signing virtually brings to a halt the V8 driver merry-go round. All that remains to be confirmed is Jason Bright's status as lead driver at Ford Performance Racing, the identity of his teammate there (expected to be Greg Ritter) and the driver for the Falcon that will be run in the satellite FPR team Ford is setting up for Bright.

Jones has signed a three-year deal and will line up next season alongside this year's Winton round winner Cameron McConville.

- Network Ten has backtracked on its decision to show cooking shows, sitcoms and an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie and will televise the race that could determine the V8 supercar championship.

The final round of the title battle is a twilight race on December 4 at 6.30 - an event Ten had originally decided to show at 11pm.

Falcon driver Marcos Ambrose is an odds-on favourite to wrap up his second title in a row in the race.

After saying on Wednesday that the V8 show was not strong enough to command a prime-time viewing slot, the network has changed its mind.
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This is terrible news. Holden must be delighted.
No disrepect to Brad Jones, but I think he should have moved over and given Andrew a go. Easier said than done i would imagine.
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Well i didnt think that Kim would allow his son to sign with the opposition.

i thought that Kim didnt want Andrew racing until he properly matured.

It would be interesting to see what Kim and Brad say at Eastern Creek
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Old 11-18-2004, 19:38   #4 (permalink)
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Good luck to him , I just hope that he is not used and abused by GRM as some of their other youngsters have been.

Lets also hope it doesn't forge a relationship between the Jones' boys and the General.
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Re: Andrew Jones joins Garry Rogers Motorsport for season 2005

Good luck to him...I will still be willing him on (not the car, just him). Didn't think he would have ever signed with Holden, but I guess the opportunity was too great to pass up, and he was getting sick of not having a seat.
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Old 11-18-2004, 19:59   #6 (permalink)
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Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Being that my name IS Andrew Jones and my utter hatred for holdens runs REAL deep and well known, to say I am horrified would be the understatement of the year.....
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The ragging I am going to get is terrifying...wonder if I could sue?
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Wow! That is very surprising. Altough, AJ must've had no other drives available in a Ford (I'm guessing). He might just use 2005 as as stepping stone on his way to a more permenant drive in 2006... in a Ford.
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Bit of a bummer he couldn't stay in a Ford team but best of luck to him.
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Good job Ford! Send another potentially goood driver to Holden!
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