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DJR: ‘One weekend doesn’t define our team’

DICK Johnson Racing has two-and-a-half weeks to get its season back on track after a disappointing start to Gen3.

The Ford homologation squad was a non-factor pretty much all weekend at the Newcastle 500, with neither of its cars starting or finishing either race inside the top 10.

That came against the grain of the ultra-competitive Mustangs presented by Walkinshaw Andretti United, Grove Racing and Tickford Racing, as Chaz Mostert, David Reynolds and Cam Waters impressed.

DJR meanwhile leaves Newcastle 10th in the teams’ championship – effectively last of the two-car teams – with head-scratching to be done on set-up philosophy and the car itself.

“It was a very tough weekend,” team principal Ben Croke said in post-event communications to media.

“But one weekend doesn’t define our team, or the work we put into our racing.

Will Davison. Pic: Mark Horsburgh

“We’ve got some time now to reset and head to the Grand Prix, and to find the set-up window that works for our cars.”

It’s a sentiment shared by drivers Will Davison and Anton De Pasquale.

“A big thanks to everyone in the team, obviously this weekend didn’t go the way we had planned – we’re all hurting but we will bounce back,” Davison surmised.

Added De Pasquale: “Not the ideal first weekend for us, there’s a lot of work to be done but we’ll keep our heads high and work it out.”

Albert Park hosts Round 2 of the season on March 30 to April 2.

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