Johnson takes wheel of ‘wildcard ute’ in round 2

The Wanneroo driver will join fellow two-time champion Ryal Harris and George Miedecke in the Matt Stone team and will steer Harris� former Ford. Harris will now drive Peter Burnitt�s Ford.

This will be the fourth time that Johnson has raced a Ford, (he raced Danny Buzadzic�s at Clipsal, Townsville and Darwin last year). The �wildcard ute� could enable several drivers to fill the seat throughout the year; however Johnson is excited to be the first.

Until Ryal Harris� recent race wins at the Clipsal 500, (now 33 race wins) Johnson was the most successful V8 ute driver with 31 wins.

�I�m looking forward to Perth, we should have a lot of local backing as usual and it�s a really good car,� Johnson said.

�My goal is to go out and win and to have a good weekend and with any luck I�ll walk away with the most race wins again.�

Johnson was the series driving standards advisor at the event last year and he would much prefer to be behind the wheel.

�Anytime you�re behind the car is a lot better than watching. I enjoyed the DSA role and I know what you can and can�t do now,� he said with a grin.

V8 utes race schedule

Friday, May 1 Practice 1 9am

Practice 2 11.40am

Qualifying 2.40pm

Saturday, May 2 Race 1 10.05am

Race 2 4.05pm

Sunday, May 3 Race 3 11.25am