Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport will run its two Holden Commodores in all-black liveries at this weekend’s Townsville 400 after a last-minute injunction was filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

The court action was launched by Gold Coast-based self-styled ‘playboy’ businessman and Travers Benyon, who had originally agreed to a multi-year major sponsorship deal with the team – worth around $6 million – to promote his Freechoice tobacco retailing company on the team’s two cars.

The Freechoice branding was blocked by Supercars officials on the grounds that it was a form of tobacco advertising, which is illegal in Australia.

Benyon attempted to counter the ruling by running the cars in a black-and-gold scheme promoting his Candyman business, a Playboy-style ‘Candy Shop Mansion’ on the Gold Coast.

The deal was set to include grid girls and promotional after-race parties, but these activities caused friction with the team’s existing sponsors who demanded that it not go ahead.

As a result, the team’s two cars being piloted by Nick Percat and Andre Heimgartner were hastily stripped of their paint jobs before Friday’s opening practice session at the Red Park street circuit.

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