The struggling Dick Johnson Racing outfit has dropped Jonny Reid from its driver line-up and replaced him with V8 Supercars Development Series racer Chaz Mostert for the remainder of the season.
Mostert, a Ford Performance Racing contracted driver, will drive the team’s #12 Wilson Security Ford Falcon entry for the remaining rounds of the 2013 season, starting with the next round at Barbagallo Raceway in early May, which will mark his debut in the frontline tin-top series.
The 20-year-old, who is currently a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy, currently races for FPR in the V8 Development Series, having previously won the Australian Formula Ford Championship title in 2010.
“I can’t believe I am getting the chance to make my main series debut as I hadn’t expected it this year, but Perth is a great place to debut as I really like racing there,” said Mostert in a team statement.
“The whole thing is a bit surreal. I’ve been pretty speechless since I found out, though to stay in the Ford and FPR family network is special and to race for the iconic DJR is a dream.
“There will be so many things that I haven’t experienced before as the championship series is the big time, but the biggest box I want to tick is to show that I am fast enough to belong. I want to learn as much as I can racing with the more established guys.”
Reid’s sidelining has come on the back of a troubled start to his short-lived return to the V8 Supercars Championship. His signing was announced just days before the championship got underway, and with no pre-season testing, he has struggled for qualifying pace at all three championship rounds to-date.
“Make no doubt about it; Jonny Reid is a very talented driver,” team owner Dick Johnson said.
“In hindsight, it may have been better to run him through a season in the Dunlop Series, but I have no doubt he will emerge again in this championship.
“We have made this change to our driver line up quite early in the season but we know Chaz will be a great partner to Tim (Blanchard) and the added input from FPR is the right move for DJR.”