DJR Launches at Historic Lakeside
One of the greatest moments in Australian Touring Car racing was fought out at Queensland’s challenging Lakeside circuit in 1981.
The year after the famous Bathurst ‘rock’ incident saw Dick Johnson and Peter Brock stage a titanic struggle in front of a capacity and vocal crowd filled with DJR fans. Johnson took the 1981 Championship and it was fitting that the team returned to Lakeside today to unveil the Wilson Security Racing livery the team will carry in 2014. The launch coincided with the teams first ‘ride day’ of 2014 giving over 150 sponsors, partners and VIP’s a taste of the FG Falcon V8 Supercars over the roller coaster Lakeside layout.
The launch also allowed new recruits Scott Pye and David Wall valuable seat time to acclimatise themselves with the car and team only days before the V8 Supercars Championship Test day at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Team Principal Dick Johnson said, “To be honest I did not think I would see our current cars pounding around Lakeside but let me tell you, this track gets your attention so it is good for the boys to come out here and really get to grips with the cars. Seat time is so important now, and although we don’t race here, it will get Scott and David very focused on the job next weekend in Sydney.” Johnson said. “Having Wilson Security and Payce on board has allowed us to hit the ground running this year and we want to be on our game when we get to the Clipsal 500. The whole team is really fired up and we are ready to go!” Johnson added.
New recruits Pye and Wall were impressed with the cars under the watchful eye of Campbell Little and begun the all important job of working with their new engineers and crew.
The team heads to Sydney Motorsport Park on Saturday for the first full test session of the 2014 season.