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Lacroix departs in Dick Johnson Racing restructure

Dick Johnson Racing restructures management and engineering line-up.

18 December 2023

Dick Johnson Racing has announced a significant restructure in preparation for the 2024 Repo Supercars Championship season.

Ryan Story returns as team principal after stepping down at the end of 2020 for health reasons. Story, chairman and team co-owner, was responsible for rebuilding Dick Johnson Racing and led the team to three drivers’ championships and three teams’ championships in his tenure from 2013.

Engineer Ludo Lacroix has chosen to pursue other opportunities and steps back, having enjoyed success with the team since joining 2017.

Dick Johnson Racing will field two Ford Mustangs for Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison, who will be engineered by Perry Kapper and Richard Harris respectively.

Kapper returns as a race engineer to the team for the first time since 2010, having spearheaded the development of Gen3 for Ford and Dick Johnson Racing as chief engineer. Harris builds upon his strong relationship with Davison, with the pairing continuing into their fourth season.

As part of an overall engineering restructure, Mark Fenning has been appointed director of engineering to lead the charge as the team focuses on returning to the front of the pack.

“2023 was a challenging year for us and certainly not at the level we aspire to be. We have learnt an enormous amount this year not only about the cars but in particular about ourselves. We have spent time reviewing the year and considering change,” says chief executive officer David Noble.

“We pay tribute to the enormous effort of our staff and particularly thank Ludo for his contribution over many years and respect his decision to step back. In welcoming back Ryan to the fold and to have the experience and depth of talent in Mark Fenning and Perry Kapper in our engineering department, we have begun our 2024 preparations in earnest.

Story added: “We have a strong foundation upon which to build, and this restructure is all about looking towards the future.”

“Ludo will be sorely missed and we cannot thank him enough for his contribution to our successes over many years. Mark and Perry in particular have led us through the Windshear program and redressing the imbalances that have faced us in 2023. I’m excited at the challenges ahead of us!”