New Zealand will have a new face on this year’s V8 Supercars Championship grid, with the 29-year-old Kiwi signed as Tim Blanchard’s team-mate at Dick Johnson Racing.
The new of his appointment comes hot on the heels of the Queensland-based Ford team confirmed a brand new sponsorship package and that longstanding driver Steven Johnson had relinquished his race seat to take up a management role within the team.
‘Junior’ Johnson was well-placed to judge Reid’s skills behind the wheel, with the pair having driven together to claim class wins at the last two Bathurst 12 Hours endurance events.
Reid will drive the #12 Wilson Security backed entry, while Blanchard takes over Johnson’s old #17 entry, which will be sponsored by ADVAM.
Reid comes with an impressive racing pedigree. For the last two years, he has finished as runner-up in the Australian Carrera Cup Championship as well as competing successfully in the New Zealand V8 SuperTourers Championship.
His motorsport CV also boasts stints in the Auto GP, A1 Grand Prix, Indy Lights and European Formula 3000 championships.
“With Steve stepping down we had a number of younger drivers in our sights and Jonny was the stand out,” team owner Dick Johnson said today.
“He has raced in a multitude of classes all over the world and has had great success. We saw him as a perfect fit.
Last year saw Reid make his first appearance on the V8 Supercars grid in six years, partnering Michael Patrizi in the Tekno Autosport entry at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000.
“My aim since 2011 was to focus on a full time V8 Supercar drive,” a delighted Reid added.
“This is a world class series and after a great run in the enduros last year I was very hungry to try and step up. To be able to begin my fulltime driving with a DJR is fantastic. I have got to know Steve well and we spoke at length at the Bathurst 12 Hour.
“Once we knew the deal could progress and Wilson Security came on board the #12 DJR car it was full steam ahead. I am really looking forward to rolling the car out at Clipsal.”
Reid’s first race outing will come this weekend at the season-opening Clipsal 500 at Adelaide.