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New Erebus team principal’s Winton rundown

THE Erebus Motorsport stalwart promoted to team principal last month has revealed the key focus of today’s Winton pre-season test.

For Brad Tremain and his crew, it was all about getting driver recruits Jack Le Brocq and Todd Hazelwood comfortable and up to speed.

Tremain reasoned that with brand-new chassis, proven Gen3 set-up philosophies and a near-unchanged championship-winning crew, there’s plenty of optimism about what’s possible at this month’s Thrifty Bathurst 500 – even after their recent dramas.

A test day in which Erebus “ticked every box that we wanted to” inspired confidence that such optimism is valid.

“We have always backed ourselves,” Tremain told V8 Sleuth.

“Our cars are still the same as what we had last year, we have had only one change in crew members… we knew we were going to be strong, we’re just making sure the drivers are going to be strong with us and they’re loving it.

Championship-winning engineer George Commins chats with #9 co-driver David Russell. Pic: Ross Gibb

“It was a good day. We were focused on getting the drivers comfortable in the car and seeing how they drive the car and learning to understand how they talk, that sort of stuff.

“Todd did a really good job; he’s a good, smooth guy, he listens to what George (Commins, engineer) is saying and implements what George is telling him to do and the same with Jack.

“They drive a little bit differently but that is good in a way.

“No majors; Jayden Ojeda clipped the wall at one point but that was just paint, no biggie, and Toddy just locked the rears on his green run at the end there.”

With a live pitlane in play for 2024, Erebus is only guaranteed the top garage for the February 23-25 season-opener at the Mountain.

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