Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport will now switch its focus to finalising its line-up for the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship season after its purchase of the Paul Morris Motorsport #49 Race Entitlements Contract entry was rubber-stamped, meaning the team will field two cars next year.
As we reported late last month, the team was in negotiations to purchase the PMM entry, which owner Paul Morris elected to sell just one year into his leasing partnership with Dick Johnson Racing.
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport has operated as a single-car entity since it was formed after the collapse of the Tasman Motorsport team at the end of 2009.
The deal means that his outfit will become one of the players in an increasingly active driver market that sees a host of drivers off-contract and looking for a drive next year.
Dunlop Series runner-up Scott Pye is widely tipped to take one of the seats, while the occupant of the second is still wide open to speculation.
“My first thing was to get the REC secured. It is good to have it locked away, and now we can focus on 2013,” team owner Lucas Dumbrell told the Speed Café website.
“I’m trying to lock away the drivers, that’s one of my first priorities,” he added. “Scott is high on my list. That’s pretty well known, but unfortunately, it’s not locked away.”