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The ‘holy grail’ behind Erebus’ domination

TRIPLE Eight team manager Mark Dutton says Erebus Motorsport has found a base sweet spot that has underpinned its early season Supercars success.

A third of the way through the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship, Erebus holds a one-two in the drivers’ championship and a 276-point lead in the teams’ title.

Entering Round 5, this weekend’s Darwin Triple Crown, Dutton identified a key strength of Erebus’.

“They’re doing a great job,” Dutton told V8 Sleuth.

“From the outside, without being in their walls, they have got their car in the sweetest spot as a base set-up so it looks like it responds to their finetuning and their tweaks a little bit better than ours currently does, which is just a set-up thing.

“It’s just finding that sweet spot.”

The Coca-Cola Camaros are believed to be benefiting from a softer set-up than others too.

But even as Erebus has streaked clear in recent rounds, Dutton doesn’t feel the gap has actually widened between his squad and their newfound rivals.

Mark Dutton. Pic: Ross Gibb

“I think they have just maintained their consistency and in qualifying trim especially we just haven’t closed the gap as much as we would have liked to by now – not from a lack of trying,” he said.

“They’re doing a great job with finding that sweet spot with the Gen3 car and obviously us and every other team out there are working hard to come to a similar position with it so that you can be contesting poles and things like that.

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“You see how tight it is though, like we were less than a hundredth off pole with Broc (Feeney) when he was P2 (in Qualifying for Race 2 at Symmons Plains) so it definitely isn’t a massive gap.

“It’s one of those things that every little detail counts and we need to work on our consistency a little bit just so that we know what we have got underneath us to extract those little time increments.

“That’s a big difference in our game, when you have got the base set-up in the sweet spot and all your finetuning is responding how you want it to and the driver knows exactly what they have got to play with.

“That’s when you start getting the momentum with the pole positions et cetera, when the driver doesn’t have to react to the car but can predictively drive the car and know exactly what the car is going to do at any given time.

“That’s something that we’ve had lots of times in the past and that’s why we’ve had success in the past but right now we’re still searching for that holy grail of the sweet spot.”

Helping Triple Eight’s cause is they, along with fellow Queensland squads Dick Johnson Racing, Matt Stone Racing and PremiAir Racing, completed a test day following the Tasmania SuperSprint.

Erebus had not made such plans besides an ultimately weather-affected evaluation day for Super2 young guns Jay Hanson and Cooper Murray.

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