Some more news has emerged from the V8 Supercars paddock on the driver line-up front, with Will Davison’s transfer to Ford Performance Racing – one of the worst-kept secrets in the series – and Alan Moffat’s appointment to Jim Beam Racing having been announced.
Having been dumped by the Holden Racing Team after just two seasons with the works outfit, Davison will be taking over from the departing Steven Richards in the #6 Trading Post sponsored Ford Performance Racing car, alongside Mark Winterbottom and Paul Dumbrell.
Chief sponsor Trading Post has also shifted squads, having last year backed Jason Bright’s entry with Brad Jones Racing.
After finishing runner-up in the 2009 championship season behind Jamie Whincup, Davison crashed to a disastrous 22nd overall in 2010 in a dramatic fall from grace.
“I’ve never been more fired up and motivated going into any championship than this year,” the 28-year-old told Bigpond Sport.
“I had the best year of my career and my worst year of my career in my two years at HRT. But I’ll always be grateful for my time there. Not too many drivers can say that have driven for the two factory teams in their career either,” he added.
“Now I’m back at Ford where it all began and I won my first race. I’ve been welcomed back with open arms and look forward to repaying them with success.”
Davison’s replacement – the newly crowned champion James Courtney – moves over from Jim Beam Racing, where James Moffat will take over for his first full-time season in top-flight V8 Supercars.
The 26-year-old – the son of touring car legend Allan Moffat – has a huge challenge ahead of him, and knows he’ll have to perform to the highest standard in a front-line team in the Dick Johnson Racing stable.
“Obviously I’ve got some big shoes to fill and I need to be realistic about what I can achieve in my rookie year,” he said, when the announcement was made.
“However, I’ve got a great car and team to work with, so I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.
“Dick Johnson Racing is arguably the most iconic and one of the most successful teams in the country, so it’s a great honour to drive for them in the V8 Supercar Championship.”
Team boss Dick Johnson knows that he has a potential star on his books, and certainly seems pleased with his latest signing.
“Jim Beam Racing has shown that we know how to nurture young drivers,” he said. “I’ve watched James closely over the last few years and I’ve been really impressed with how he’s developed. Not only does he have talent, he’s Ford through-and-through which is really important to our fans.”