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The championship signs Erebus exhibited in Townsville

THE saying goes, winning championships is all about damage limitation and making the best of bad days.

Amid pressure from perennial contenders Triple Eight, Erebus Motorsport stood tall in Townsville.

Will Brown won Race 1 from pole position and Brodie Kostecki took second in Race 2.

But it was the other two results which should not be overlooked.

While Brown was cruising out in front on the Saturday, Kostecki managed to bank 48 crucial points by limping his #99 Coca-Cola Camaro home in 19th despite being unable to select second gear for the majority of the race.

“He learnt how to drive in third gear through most of the corners and probably learnt a few things in a few corners that was better in third gear,” reflected Erebus CEO Barry Ryan.

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Perhaps even more telling was a rapid repair job by the Erebus crew to fix a mid-session issue for Brown during Sunday qualifying.

With no time on the board, Brown was destined to start from last but ended up making the Top 10 Shootout – making for a far smoother run to sixth place.

Barry Ryan. Pic: Ross Gibb

“He was going to be last if we didn’t fix that,” said Ryan.

“We had to manhandle an engine out of the truck, rip a bracket off and chuck it on the car.

“The boys did an awesome job, it was something they hadn’t done before… it was done with exactly the right amount of time to go and he got one lap in and made the Shootout.

“I think that’s what we need to do to win a championship.”

He added: “We’re in a big fight with Red Bull at the moment.

“It’s good, it’s a bit of fun and we want to make sure we kick their arse for the rest of the year.”

It wasn’t all perfect though, with Ryan admitting a pitlane issue potentially cost Kostecki the Sunday win.

“We probably robbed Brodie of 10 seconds and we lost by 5.5s so we have got to do a little bit of homework there but we’ll fix it and go again next time,” he said.

Brown sits atop the championship, just seven points clear of Kostecki, with Triple Eight’s Broc Feeney and Shane van Gisbergen also within striking distance.

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