Matt Halliday



Media information: Tuesday October 5

Winning the iconic Bathurst 1000 is an achievement Jason Bright aims to repeat and says this Sunday presents one of his best chances since 1998.

His lack of team-mates since that memorable victory has been a disadvantage for the Trading Post Racing driver but now a new rule, banning team-mates driving together, has evened the playing field with everyone using none-regular co-drivers.

In addition, Bright was the fastest car on track at Phillip Island last month until a faulty CDI unit ended his race. A subsequent test at Winton Motor Raceway saw another big improvement, prompting Bright to say the Trading Post Racing Commodore is now the best car he has driven since 2004.

Practice one begins at 10.15 this Thursday, when Bright and co-driver Matt Halliday will get their first run up The Mountain.

Jason Bright
Trading Post Racing

"Bathurst is the toughest track, the toughest event, it’s the race that everyone knows about and talks about. When I was growing up, Bathurst is what made the heroes of touring car races at the time.

"There’s no doubt that it’s the most dangerous track that we go to but you can’t afford to be more cautious. You can’t leave anything on the table there and expect to get a result.

"I hate to say it, but I’ve been here on a number of occasions when, looking at the driver pairings we were up against, it was always going to be a big challenge to get a win. On some of those occasions we had a better run than we could have expected.

"Now that you’re not allowed to team up your lead drivers it’s certainly the best opportunity that I’ve had since 2006 with Frosty and before that since 1998. The pace of the car is certainly as good as any car in the field and we’re still improving.

"I think that we should be very strong this weekend if our pace at the last couple of rounds is anything to go by. After that it’s just a matter of everything going alright on the day and making the right decisions with strategy.”

Brighty’s Bathurst Stats
Wins 1 (1998)
Podiums 3 (1998, 2000, 2002)
Fastest laps 1 (2004)
Starts 13
First V8 race 1997

Matt Halliday
Trading Post Racing Co-Driver

"Obviously growing up in New Zealand you start watching Bathurst before any other form of racing on TV and every time you go there to race later in life it is extremely special.

"The event itself is one of the toughest races in the world with the nature of the track, car and competition extremely difficult. I am really excited to get there this year; it’ll be the first time I am teamed up with a number one driver and with the focus on fighting for the win and not just a solid finish!”

Halliday’s Bathurst Stats
Starts 5
First V8 race 2004
Best result 11 (2004)