EREBUS DUO DISQUALIFIED FROM BATHURST SHOOTOUT

Will Brown's Erebus Holden. Pic: Nathan Wong

BOTH Erebus Motorsport Holdens have been relegated to the bottom of the top 10 on the grid for the Repco Bathurst 1000 after their doors were found to be underweight following the Top 10 Shootout.

Brodie Kostecki qualified the #99 Holden in fourth while provisional polesitter Will Brown ended up fifth, but they will now start ninth and 10th after being excluded from the results of the Shootout.

“After the Session the DRD (Deputy Race Director) received a report from the HoM (Head of Motorsport) that during Parc Ferme the doors on Car #9, Will Brown/Jack Perkins, and on Car #99, Brodie Kostecki/David Russell, were weighed by Supercars Technical personnel,” the Motorsport Australia Stewards summary read.

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“The left front, left rear and right rear doors on Car #9, and the right rear door on Car #99, were found to be under the minimum weight for each such door prescribed by the VSD for the 2021 ZB Commodore in breach of Rule C2.1.1.

“Following a Hearing, the Stewards disqualified both Car #9 and Car #99 from the TTSO.”

While the doors were found to be underweight, both cars were found to be above the minimum regulated weight overall.

“Erebus Motorsport is disappointed to hear news that after being reviewed by the Stewards at Bathurst today, they have been disqualified from this afternoon’s Top Ten Shootout,” read a statement from Erebus Motorsport.

“After thorough inspection it was found that although the overall car weights were by the book, doors on both Erebus Holdens were underweight.

“It is a small oversight and honest mistake by the crew who have worked tirelessly for six weeks to ensure they represented the team, its partners, and their fans well.

“Erebus Motorsport apologises and look forward to putting their best foot forward in tomorrow’s Great Race.”

It marks the third year in a row that cars have been excluded from the Top 10 Shootout over technical breaches, following Nick Percat in 2020 and Scott McLaughlin in 2019.

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Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.