DJR on the hunt after reaction to reality check

AFTER years of being a fixture at the pointy end of the Supercars pit lane, Dick Johnson Racing’s modest garage position at Taupō was an unfamiliar sight that many commented on.

In the first round, which saw the new live pit lane order for 2024 properly come into effect, the slow start to the season saw the proud Ford team occupy 21st and 22nd place over the weekend.

DJR ensured that the situation will not repeat itself during Round 4 in Western Australia, impressively managing to get its act together.

A pair of third places helped Anton De Pasquale win the round and the accompanying Jason Richards Memorial Trophy, while Will Davison finished second on Saturday before finishing a poor 19th yesterday.

Thanks to the points achieved, DJR rose all the way to fourth place in the team championship – within nine points of Erebus Motorsport in third place.

“It’s a motivator, but I think it’s about your position and how you embrace that challenge,” said DJR chief David Noble, when asked if their unwanted placement towards the pit entrance had fueled them.

Anton De Pasquale after the presentation of the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy. Image: supplied/Mark Horsburgh

“It’s not about complaining where you are; you are there for a reason.

“Sometimes the sport tells you where you are, and that’s where we ended up.

“So for us it’s about getting back to work, staying positive, really staying aligned with what our beliefs were, and giving these guys a car that can actually do something on the track.”

DJR and Noble promise they’re not done yet, with Triple Eight continuing to set a high benchmark at the top end of town.

“It’s really good to get some reward and nourishment for our efforts,” said the former AFL player, coach and administrator.

“For us, this is just the beginning of where we want to go.

“We said at the beginning of this year that we wanted to hunt.

“That was our theme, we wanted to track down the opposition this year and there is more work ahead of us.”

In the drivers’ standings, Davison is ninth and De Pasquale twelfth.