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Unwanted ‘all-nighter’ for new Supercars champs

EREBUS Motorsport has been dealt a bizarre scenario on the night that it secured its maiden Supercars championship.

While there were scenes of jubilation this afternoon as Brodie Kostecki put the drivers’ title beyond reach, the Erebus crew are not about to party into the night.

Rather, ahead of them they had what CEO Barry Ryan dubbed the biggest rebuild of the Gen3 era, after Will Brown was caught up in a Lap 1 tangle that also took out Shane van Gisbergen.

Ryan is very much expecting an all-nighter on the tools.

“It would be nice to enjoy (the championship),” Ryan told V8 Sleuth, embodying the contrast as he took a hands-on role with the repair while wearing a freshly minted ‘champions’ shirt.

“We’ll probably sneak out for one beer on the way home but we’ll be here most of the night, probably all night, fixing it. But anyway, shit happens. It’s racing.

“It’s mainly the wheel has taken out some of the rollcage tubes… so we’re replacing the rear clip and a couple of bars in the rear, and the front two bars.

“The front clip is alright. The clip you’re supposed to be able to put on to repair the chassis is alright, it’s other shit that’s damaged.”

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Erebus is particularly motivated to get Brown and his #9 Chevrolet back on track tomorrow given the teams’ championship is still up for grabs.

Erebus is 161 points clear of Triple Eight, with up to 288 available for any two-car combination tomorrow.

“If we weren’t in the teams’ championship position, we would probably put a cover on it and not bother,” said Ryan.

“But we’re going to get it out. We’re not losing this teams’ championship. Triple Eight are going to get nothing this year.

“It was the dream to have (the drivers’ championship) won by Saturday night.

“There’s two goals tomorrow: teams’ championship and making sure we beat Shane by 150 points so the (Newcastle Race 1) disqualification, they can’t use that as a reason. It might sound a bit petty but we know it’s coming.

“They’ll want to claim that if they didn’t get disqualified they would have won the championship, so we want to make sure that’s out of reach. That’s been our target pretty much since that happened.”

Kostecki now leads van Gisbergen by 233 points.

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