DJR confirms David Wall and 2014 sponsors
Dick Johnson Racing has locked in driver David Wall alongside sponsors Wilson Security and Payce Consolidated for the 2014 season.
Following Wilson Security’s last-minute backing of DJR for 2013, the new multi-year deal will see its two cars run in Wilson Security colours for the full season.
Property group Payce Consolidated, another long-time Wall sponsor, has also moved across from Brad Jones Racing.
The team will run the #16 and #17 numbers next season following the REC change.
In a bold statement claiming that the deals are “destined to take the iconic Queensland based team back to a dominant position in V8 Supercars competition,” team owner Dick Johnson spoke strongly of his team’s future.
“The events of the last few weeks have been exactly what Steve (Brabeck), Ryan (Story) and I have been striving for,” he said.
“John (McMellan, Wilson Security CEO) has been a fantastic sponsor for DJR this year and I believe we have rewarded his early season vision to get involved with us.
“Payce also has a long association with motorsport and we welcome Brian Boyd as a key partner in the coming season’s racing.
“On the driver front we have two very talented young guys. I have said from the outset of 2013 that this is where our future lies and Chaz and Tim proved that this year.
“We have watched David Wall, as we do all the young guys, and I have been impressed with how he keeps qualifying in very strong positions.
“It may well be the hardest part of today’s championship so I am confident that with Campbell (Little, sporting director) and our guys we can bring on his race results to match. He will be a good fit and he is a nice guy, just like his (late) dad Des.”
The 30-year-old Wall finished 21st in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship standings with just three top 10 finishes.
The former two-time Australian GT Champion admits that the pressure is on for him to improve in 2014.
“I have now had two seasons with BJR with a small and very dedicated crew but I now need to take the next step and there could be no better opportunity for me than joining a two car team at DJR,” said Wall.
“I acknowledge the expectation for me to take the next step in my overall performance as part of it.
“I feel genuinely privileged to have such an opportunity.”
Pye and Wall replace Chaz Mostert and Tim Blanchard in DJR’s line-up. The former will replace Will Davison at Ford Performance Racing next season, while the latter’s future is currently unclear.