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Erebus unfazed by parity shift

EREBUS Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan remains comfortable with Supercars’ parity situation despite Ford sweeping the first round since an aero upgrade was introduced.

As revealed by V8 Sleuth, Ryan was actually in favour of Ford getting its parity adjustment request rushed through in time for last month’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

The way it played out, the Blue Oval had to wait until a parity review was officially triggered, with changes instead approved post-Bathurst.

The response was emphatic, Cam Waters (Tickford Racing) and David Reynolds (Grove Racing) taking the wins at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500.

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“Obviously there has been a parity adjustment to the Ford which actually gave us the opportunity this weekend to perform on a similar or equal playing field,” Reynolds said after his Sunday triumph.

“So probably without that, I wouldn’t be sitting here. Thanks to the category for doing that.”

With the tables turning, at least initially, Ryan is unfazed.

“Very comfortable,” the Erebus boss responded when asked by V8 Sleuth for his thoughts on the updated parity situation.

“The Bathurst one would have been better because they wouldn’t have had that big huge wing on it now.

“It’s going to be interesting to see when we do it in the wind tunnel and see where the cars are.

“They might lose a bit, we might a lose bit, who knows. But at the moment, the racing this weekend was awesome. Two Fords won, it couldn’t have been better for the sport.”

Contrary to Ryan’s Bathurst reference there, V8 Sleuth understands the changes which the Mustang received at Gold Coast mirrored what had been pushed for at Mount Panorama.

Ford does however remain unhappy with an alleged engine disparity, and there were a series of meetings in the Gold Coast paddock between Blue Oval team bosses.

It all made for an entertaining end to the Sunday post-race press conference as Ryan poked the bear.

Tickford team manager Matt Roberts replied to a parity question from his Erebus counterpart, “we’ve still got some work to do”.

Ryan proceeded to say his bit, which drew amusement from the likes of Waters.

“The straight-line is really, really close. I was watching it all weekend, like one one-thousandths. It’s unbelievable. It’s a credit to the sport really. It’s bloody good,” said Ryan.

An exhaustive parity testing program will play out in the coming months, involving transient dynos, torque sensors and the Windshear wind tunnel in the United States.

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