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DJR race winner added to Classic field

Daniel Herrero

Monday 13th May, 2019 - 7:30pm

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Steven Johnson at Canberra in 2001

A Dick Johnson Racing AU Falcon steeped in history is the second entry confirmed for the Kumho Tyre V8 Sleuth Touring Car Classic.

DJR AU11 was built in 2000 and won the Sandown round of that year’s V8 Supercars Championship in the hands of Paul Radisich, before Steven Johnson took his first round win in it in the 2001 Canberra 400.

Greg Ritter raced the Ford in selected rounds of the 2002 Championship as Car #71, before sharing it with Alan Jones in the enduros that same year (as #18).

They finished eighth in the Queensland 500 and seventh in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the latter of which being Jones’ last Supercars start.

Owen Kelly won Super2 rounds in the car in 2004 with DJR, while its last racing came in the second tier in 2007.

Long-time owner Dean Grant will be the first to race the car since in August’s Classic at Winton.

“I’ve had the car for a little while now and this event is the perfect place for it to make a return to racing,” said Grant.

“The DJR cars always have a special connection with the fans given Dick Johnson’s huge following and the Shell AU Falcons are standouts because they ran at the front in that era.

“It’s the era of V8 Supercar that people know and love with the H-pattern gearbox from a time where the cars had road-car origins in terms of their body shells.

“I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and giving the fans a chance to see her back in action again.”

Grant will compete for the Glenn Seton Trophy for V8 Supercars built and raced between 1992 and 2002.

The V8 Sleuth Touring Car Classic will be held at the Winton Shannons Nationals meeting on August 31-September 1.

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