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Erebus looking to lift its game

EREBUS Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan is surprised by his team’s dominant championship position considering the issues it has encountered.

Seven rounds in, Erebus continues to hold a one-two in the drivers’ championship, with Brodie Kostecki now back ahead of Will Brown.

Kostecki has now had an affected race at each of the past four rounds: damaging incidents at Symmons Plains and Hidden Valley, a transaxle problem in Townsville, and a clutch failure on Sunday at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Brown’s key losses of points have come in Race 4 at Albert Park when he crashed while trying to pass Chaz Mostert, Race 1 in Perth after qualifying poorly, and Race 2 at SMP where he was involved in a first-corner tangle.

Nevertheless, Triple Eight remains behind, if only marginally.

Having experienced its own difficulties on Saturday, Triple Eight could only close the teams’ championship deficit to Erebus by 11 points across the Eastern Creek weekend.

“We had another mechanical drama on Brodie’s car which is a bit disappointing,” Ryan said on the Castrol Motorsport News Podcast.

“A clutch screw came loose again and we had no clutch – these things are a bit hard to drive without a clutch probably so we have got to fix that shit, especially with Sandown and Bathurst coming up.

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“We just can’t drop these chunks of points.

“We’ve dropped so much this year, I don’t know how we’re still where we are.”

Betty Klimenko with Brodie Kostecki after winning Race 1 of the 2023 Sydney SuperNight. Pic: Supplied/Mark Horsburgh

Ryan agreed that the 2023 title race will be a battle of attrition and minimising mistakes, and indicated Triple Eight is doing a better job of recovering when qualifying goes wrong.

“I don’t think we’re doing a good enough job when we go back in the pack at coming forward,” he said.

“We’re doing great (but) we’re marking ourselves pretty hard now, which we should.”

Round 8 of the season takes place at The Bend Motorsport Park on August 18-20.

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