In 2006, DJR embarked on one of the boldest journeys in the team’s history. With the formation of Dick Johnson’s own business ventures, FirstRock Mortgage Centre and V8 Telecom, the team was ‘self sponsored’ with regards to naming rights for the very first time.
The number 17 car, backed by FirstRock Mortgage Centre was piloted by Steve, while young gun Will Davison embarked on his first full season of V8 Supercar racing in the number 18 V8 Telecom vehicle. Mid season saw a livery change of Davisons’ number 18 car to a striking blue and white colour scheme with the increased support of holiday specialists, Accor Premiere Vacation Club.
Despite limited funding, the team made great gains during the 2006 season, with Steve consistently placing in the Top 10 cars, and Will showing plenty of speed throughout the latter half of the year to post some great results, many of them also well within the Top 10. Will also made his first appearance in the Top 10 shootout at Phillip Island, qualifying in 8th position.