Dick Johnson, James Courtney and Charlie Schwerkolt celebrate victory at Winton in 2010. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

DICK Johnson Racing’s against the odds 2010 championship triumph came amid the backdrop of acrimony between the squad’s two owners, Dick Johnson and Charlie Schwerkolt.

Appearing on the latest edition of the V8 Sleuth Podcast, Schwerkolt opened up on his years at the legendary Ford squad, culminating in his exit in the wake of the team’s remarkable title victory.

Schwerkolt originally joined the team as a sponsor before becoming a co-owner of DJR in early 2008.

In the episode, the now-Team 18 boss talks about why the deal came together so quickly, the highs of winning races and contending for the championship, as well as touching on key moments that soured relations between he and Johnson throughout their three seasons as co-owners.

Listen to the full episode in the player below!

V8 Sleuth strives to both preserve and celebrate Australian motorsport’s rich history, from tracking and tracing the race-by-race histories and changing ownership of individual cars, to capturing and retelling the stories of the people who made our sport what it is today.