John­son’s warn­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

FORD le­gend Dick John­son has told Holden that buy­ing the mar­que’s cham­pion driv­ers won’t guar­an­tee V8 Su­per­car suc­cess. John­son’s Jim Beam Rac­ing had star driver James Courtney poached by Holden be­fore the last swig of cham­pagne dis­ap­peared from Courtney’s 2010 V8 Su­per­car cham­pi­onship tro­phy. Courtney’s de­fec­tion fol­lowed Holden pinch­ing 2008 and 2009 ti­tle win­ner Jamie Whin­cup the pre­vi­ous sea­son as his Team Voda­fone switched from blue to red. John­son said V8 rac­ing was a team game and spend­ing the most money on the drivergo-round would only get you so far. ‘‘ If Holden think they’re go­ing to win ev­ery race by buy­ing peo­ple, they’re cer­tainly on the wrong tram,’’ John­son said.

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