DJR preparing for new era in 2021

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 09/02/2021
  • By James Pavey

The 2021 season marks a new "adventure" for Dick Johnson Racing, with the team entering the new year with an all-new driver line-up.

Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison have joined the Ford squad, forming one of three all-new driver combinations this season.

It comes after three-time champion Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard, which formed the line-up between 2017 and 2020, left for IndyCar and Team Sydney respectively.

De Pasquale and Davison were present for the team's launch on Tuesday, with the 2021 livery revealed.

DJR will be under the microscope in 2021, with De Pasquale and Davison expected the keep the team fighting for wins and titles.

The team has already gauged its goals, with team boss Ryan Story recently telling Supercars.com that DJR has "realistic expectations" in the post-McLaughlin era.

That has extended to the drivers, with De Pasquale, who arrives from Erebus Motorsport, prepared to take the leap to a bigger team as he shapes for a possible championship bid in 2021.

De Pasquale enjoyed a "cruisy" off-season as he prepared for life as a DJR driver, and his chances will be bolstered with Ludo Lacroix confirmed to be his engineer.

"It's a new adventure for me and for them," the 25-year-old told Supercars.com.

"Change is good in some cases, it's always good meeting new people and seeing how other teams operate.

"Obviously I've seen faces around the track for years, but didn't have much to do with them.

"It's going to be a bit of a learning curve, but I'm quite excited."

Davison, meanwhile, returns to the team he drove for on a full-time basis between 2006 and 2008.

Now a two-time Bathurst winner, Davison is one of the most experience drivers on the grid, and feels he has a lot more left in the tank.

While aware of the challenge to keep DJR at the front, Davison believes he can make 2021 his year to finally break through to hit the very top.

"There's such a sound structure in place at that team, engineering-wise. The whole organisation is so strong in depth, so much so that I don't need to lead them that much," the 38-year-old told Supercars.com.

"I'll try and help Anton in any way I can, I'm more than happy to.

"There are a lot of elements away from the track and out of the car that play a role.

"It's a bigger team environment, you're challenging for championships.

"I can drive my absolute best, I feel like I've got my best driving ahead of me.

"It's a great opportunity for me, so I'm chomping at the bit to get that elusive championship."

Davison and De Pasquale will turn laps at the official pre-season test at Queensland Raceway on Friday.

The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship will commence at the Repco Mt Panorama 500. Tickets are on sale now.

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