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Porsche team signs Erebus co-driver

EREBUS Motorsport co-driver David Russell will keep sharp this year with his latest Porsche Carrera Cup Australia campaign.

Russell has been signed by TekworkX Motorsport, after racing for Earl Bamber Motorsport last year.

TekworkX has had two of its 2023 Carrera Cup regulars move into the Dunlop Series, with Max Vidau joining Anderson Motorsport in Super2 and Thomas Maxwell back with MW Motorsport in Super3.

Russell, who combined with Brodie Kostecki to finish runner-up in the 2023 Repco Bathurst 1000, will don the #2 and primary backing from Hire A Hubby.

Pic: TP Race Design

TekworkX owner Rob Woods welcomed aboard the 42-year-old, who is set to co-drive with Jack Le Brocq in this year’s Sandown and Bathurst Supercars enduros.

“We are thrilled to have ‘DRuss’ join TekworkX in Carrera Cup,” he said.

“We shared engineers back in 2021, our first season in Carrera Cup, so it’s not a new relationship.

“We have also gained engineering services of that same engineer from 2021, Paul Ceprinich, as team engineer alongside his son Luke who now heads up TekworkX engineering full time.

“They all come with an immense amount of motorsport experience that the team will benefit from throughout the season, of which I expect the results will come.”

Pic: TP Race Design

Russell was keen for more regular opportunities after only partaking in a partial 2023 Carrera Cup season.

“I wanted an opportunity to do the whole championship again, especially after coming third in 2022,” he said.

“We put our heads together with Rob and worked out a deal, and I’ve already gelled with the whole team.

“To be working again with Paul Ceprinich is great, having previously worked with him at the Spa 24 Hour as well.

David Russell (right) chats with Erebus engineer George Commins. Pic: Ross Gibb

“Being the third year in the (911 GT3 Cup 992) car, there were originally some unknowns in the set-up department but now it’s just tuning for what each track and driver needs.

“The TekworkX team will be able to put us in a position to be strong at every round.

“You don’t need to win every race across the year, but we will work hard to put our best foot forward for each track. I’m really looking forward to getting to the Grand Prix and representing a good group of sponsors.”

Albert Park hosts Round 1 of the season on March 21-24.

Pic: TP Race Design
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