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 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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