Young Guns Spearhead DJR Enduro Attack
By: Dick Johnson Racing
Dick Johnson Racing/Wilson Security Racing has embarked on a new look driver line up for 2013, filling all four seats with some of the best young talent in V8 Supercars.
After an impressive debut for the Wilson Security backed team in Perth, Chaz Mostert will be teamed in the #12 Falcon with Dale Wood (both pictured to the right of Johnson).
A seasoned Dunlop Series campaigner, Wood has the most Bathurst starts of any of the four DJR drivers this year and is a perfect partner for rookie Mostert.
“I have driven at Sandown and Bathurst for the last four years now, but the chance to drive for DJR and to line up with Chaz is a great opportunity,” Wood said.
Wood has also enjoyed support from Wilson Security in his own Dunlop Series program.
“The Wilson Security Team is clearly starting to show some great form and I am sure that Chaz and I can really surprise a few people,” he said.
“There is no more famous team than Dick Johnson Racing when it comes to Bathurst so I am really proud to be part of the 2013 line up.”
The famous #17 DJR Falcon will be shared by current V8 Supercars Championship driver Tim Blanchard and the 2013 Dunlop Series leader Ash Walsh.
Blanchard is competing in his third Endurance series, including the Bathurst 1000, but it will be Walsh’s first start at the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast races. He has competed at Sandown and Bathurst in Formula Ford and the Dunlop V8 Supercar series in recent years however.
“We have worked very hard this year to get on the radar of the main game teams – I am rapt to be making my enduro debut with a team like Dick Johnson Racing,” Walsh said.
“I believed my Dunlop Series form would have a bearing on this season so it has now come together really well. I am very grateful to Dick and the whole DJR Wilson Security team for having faith in me. Tim and I get on well so I am very confident we can really do a good job for the team.”
Announcing the line up from the DJR Home Base in Queensland, team principal Dick Johnson said, “This the first time we have ever gone to the long distance races with a bunch of young guys in both cars.
“We have had some great names at DJR over many years including JB (John Bowe), Paul Radisich, Gricey (Alan Grice) and Alan Jones. But the team is entering a new phase and these guys are the future of the sport.
“There is plenty of pressure on them for sure, but we will guide them through all that and see how they perform. As a team owner I am really looking forward to it.”
Following on from Steve Johnson’s announcement to step down from full time V8 Supercar competition, and subsequently signing on as a co-driver with Erebus Motorsport V8 this year, Dick commented: “We sat down quite early in the season with Steve and gave him a clear run on making his decision.
“I know he was keen to have a crack at Bathurst as a driver only and that meant he looked at signing with another team. We set his and our deadlines in place to ensure everyone’s interests were covered. We agreed as a group to sign Dale and Ash to the DJR line up and Steve then finalised his arrangements.
“We have the two best runners in the Dunlop Series in our cars and recent history shows these guys do a very good job.”
Wilson Security CEO John McMellan echoed Johnson’s comments.
“The focus DJR has taken this year on developing young talent has been reinforced by taking the three best Dunlop Series drivers and giving them an opportunity. With Chaz stepping up, Dale and Ash are the other two stand-outs this year.
“This strategy aligns with Wilson Security as we have been instrumental in developing drivers such as Dale Wood to take the next step in their career.”
The new signings to the team will be on track in the co-driver session at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 from July 5-7.