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Tuesday, May 28, 2024


INCENSED Erebus Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan has let loose on Mark Winterbottom for what he believes was intentional contact with Will Brown.

The duo collided through Turn 10 on Lap 1 at Pukekohe Park Raceway earlier today, resulting in Brown spearing into the fence at an impact measured at 56G.

Severe damage could see the Erebus car ruled out of the Repco Bathurst 1000, which may subsequently force the squad’s Greg Murphy/Richie Stanaway wildcard project to be scrapped.

Ryan was at the centre of a post-race heated exchange involving Winterbottom and Brown, and has now called for the 2015 champion to be punished beyond the drive-through penalty he served during Race 28.

Mark Winterbottom, Barry Ryan and Will Brown. Pic: Fox Sports

“He should lose his licence,” Ryan declared.

“Crystal clear he did it on purpose.

“He said on the coverage that Will got him in the door at the hairpin, so he all but said it was retaliation – retaliation in the fastest and most dangerous corner on our calendar.

“Drivers that do things like that should have their licences taken off them.

“To deserve a drive-through… they don’t give drive-throughs anymore, they use 15-second penalties. They saw straightaway it was dangerous. And there’s probably more to come now they’ve got the footage from inside the car.

“In our opinion, we’ve seen all the footage, and he said he was basically retaliating for what Will did.”

Chassis EMH02. Pic: Supercars

Ryan added of Winterbottom, who was today announced on a new two-year deal with Team 18: “He didn’t apologise on TV and then he came down here and half-arsed tried to apologise.

“Like Will said, an 80 km/h hairpin, nobody is going to get hurt…. 180km/h through a fast sweeper, someone is going to get hurt.

“Will, luckily he’s not hurt. The car is f**ked. The wildcard project is f**ked.

“All because some driver decided to retaliate for a little bump at the hairpin.”

While Brown has been withdrawn from Race 29 this afternoon – the last ever Supercars race at Pukekohe – the Shell V-Power Racing Team has managed to get Anton De Pasquale’s #11 Mustang ready to go.

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