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Erebus chief’s message to championship-leading crew

FOR the first time in its history, Erebus Motorsport appears to be genuine Supercars championship contenders.

So, with the spotlight shining on them brighter than ever before, what is CEO Barry Ryan’s message to his staff?

“The biggest thing from me to the team is: don’t do anything different,” he told V8 Sleuth.

“Just keep doing the same thing and keep doing it as good as we can do it and if as good as we can do it is better than everyone else, well then there’s no reason why we can’t win.

“It’s as simple as that.”

There has been a string of firsts for Erebus this season: its first front-row lockout and first double podium came at Albert Park, and never before has it led either the drivers’ or teams’ championships, let alone both.

Having generally struggled during its early days as a Mercedes-AMG outfit, Erebus established itself as a frontrunner via David Reynolds in the 2017-19 period, before undergoing wholesale change at the end of 2020.

That’s when it opted to install rookie duo Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown, who are both under contract until the next end of next season.

Erebus Motorsport celebrates winning the Larry Perkins Trophy. Pic: Mark Horsburgh

The combination of their growing experience and the reset provided by Gen3 appears to have worked a treat for Erebus.

“I’ve said to a couple of people, we’re not trying any harder than we ever have, we have just done a really good job with the new car,” said Ryan.

“Right from fabrication to mechanics to the engineering group, we’ve all just owned it a bit more because it is ours and I think collectively it has come at the right time for us.

“We have got a really good strong group of people in the team and everybody pulls together and does a good job. Even pitstops, we have improved all of that.

“Everything has just aligned well. We didn’t really replace anyone at the end of last year, it’s the same group of guys trying as hard as we ever have and it has just come together for us.”

Heading into Round 3 this weekend at Wanneroo Raceway, Kostecki holds a 32-point advantage over Chaz Mostert in the drivers’ standings while Erebus is 101 points clear of Triple Eight in the teams’ title race.

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