Paul Morris Motorsport will sell its Racing Entitlements Contract to Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport

Dick Johnson Racing has suffered a further body blow, with news all but confirming that the V8 Supercars Championship’s longest-running team will scale back to two cars for the 2013 season.

Having already seen one of its entries being moved to Ford Performance Racing – that being the #18 Racing Entitlements Contract owned by forklift tycoon Charlie Schwerkolt – the team is now set to lose a second REC to Holden outfit Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, which currently fields a single Commodore on this year’s grid, driven by Taz Douglas (pictured below).

It is understood that LDM has agreed to terms with Paul Morris Motorsport to secure the #49 entry currently fielded by DJR, which is driven by Steve Owen under the VIP Petfoods banner.

Morris currently leases his two RECs – the other being the #91 entry run by Tekno Autosports, which is driven by Michael Patrizi – after shutting down his team at the end of the 2011 season.

The news comes despite confirmation back in August that Morris would keep the #49 entry with Dick Johnson Racing.

But such has been the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the team – which suffered another blow when major sponsor Jim Beam announced it was terminating its naming rights sponsorship for two of the DJR cars at the end of the season – that Morris has opted to sell the REC completely.

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport will become a two-car operation in 2013LDM owner Lucas Dumbrell and Morris are understood to have agreed to the terms of the sale, which will now be ratified by the V8 Supercars Board in a meeting set to be held today.

“Lucas and I have agreed to terms and now its in the Board’s hands for approval,” Morris told the Speed Café website.

The sale will leave Dick Johnson Racing as a two-car operation, that being the #17 entry piloted by Steven Johnson and the #12 entry driven by Dean Fiore, who is himself the owner of that REC under his Triple-F company.

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