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Erebus sports #1 for new-car shakedown

EREBUS Motorsport has hit the track for the first time in 2024 sporting a new look, and number.

The team today shook down two new Chevrolet Camaros at Winton with recruits Todd Hazelwood and Jack Le Brocq at the wheel.

Jack Le Brocq’s #9 Camaro. Pic: Erebus

Erebus built two new cars over the break having retired Brodie Kostecki’s title-winner and declared the machine crashed by Will Brown at the Adelaide 500 a write-off.

The Erebus Camaros have rolled out in a plain white and black livery following a series of high-profile sponsor withdrawals in recent days.

However, it’s not the livery that is gaining the most attention, but rather the number on the windows of the car driven by Kostecki’s stand-in Hazelwood.

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The Hazelwood-driven car is somewhat controversially donning the #1.

Under Supercars rules, the number is reserved for the reigning champion driver and is therefore only able to be raced by Kostecki this year.

Although Erebus has so far only announced that Kostecki will be absent from Round 1, he is not expected to drive for the team at all this season following an apparent falling out with management.

Le Brocq’s car heads to the garage. Pic: Erebus

Erebus’ decision to show off the #1 during pre-season testing regardless is somewhat reminiscent of a move by Dick Johnson Racing in 2011.

On that occasion it ran #17 and #18 branding on the doors of its cars designed to accentuate the #1, which had switched to the Holden Racing Team with driver James Courtney.

Le Brocq’s Erebus Camaro is sporting #9, a number used by Erebus since owner Betty Klimenko bought out Stone Brothers Racing at the end of 2012.

Hazelwood at the wheel of Car #1. Pic: Erebus

It’s yet to be confirmed whether Hazelwood will compete with the #99 used by Kostecki in recent years or adopt another number, but either way he will not race with #1.

Stalwart Erebus co-driver David Russell and expected 2024 signing Jayden Ojeda are also with the team, the latter set to undertake an evaluation on Wednesday. 

Erebus offered a brief summary of its shakedown day via a social media video with Brad Tremain, who was last month named as the squad’s new team principal.

“We had a great day here at Winton for our shakedown, the cars ran beautifully, the boys did a brilliant job putting them together over the break,” he said.

“Both Jack and Toddy did a great job today, both did 20 laps. Really excited about tomorrow, got to finally get into the season. Looking forward to it.”

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