Erebus 'only going to get better' in 2022

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 23/12/2021
  • By James Pavey

The 2022 season looms as a defining year for Erebus Motorsport following breakout seasons for its two rookies.

Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki entered 2021 as full-time rookies amid an off-season of change for Erebus.

By season’s end, Brown and Kostecki were ranked eighth and ninth overall, the latter on the podium in Bathurst.

It marked the first instance in Erebus’ history that it had both cars in the top 10 in the points.

Brown scored his first podium, pole and win at Sydney Motorsport Park, and clinched provisional pole in Bathurst.

"The season surpassed every expectation that Will and I had the start of the year,” Brown’s race engineer Tom Moore said.

"At the beginning of the year Barry had what we thought were lofty expectations, thinking we’d be on a podium by the end of the year.

"I didn’t think that was realistic but he was obviously dead right and we were better than that again.

"I expect both cars to be well into the top 10 in almost every session next year.

"I expect us to go strength to strength, there’s no reason why we should slow down.

"We don’t have anyone getting old, we don’t have anyone leaving, it’s only going to get better.”

Kostecki was out-qualified and out-raced by Brown, but ended the season with arguably the team’s biggest result with a Bathurst 1000 podium.

The 24-year-old is eyeing victories in 2022, with race engineer George Commins seeing top fives as a minimum.

"We obviously had some good results, we showed some potential but as a team a couple of DNFs and pit stop dramas cost us a couple of good results,” Commins said.

"We have a couple of things to work through like making sure we nail the setup every weekend, putting together great pit stops and focusing on the reliability of the cars and if we can do all that, I think we’ll be further up.

"Obviously both drivers are very quick, they’ve both got good speed and I think as a team, we all worked together to improve the cars.

“After [Kostecki’s] Sandown performance from that point on our expectations started to change and I think we underachieved a little bit.

"I think pace wise, we definitely need to pick up where we left off from Sydney and Bathurst.

"I think they need to be regularly in the top five in terms of pace in all sessions, particularly qualifying."

The 13-event 2022 Repco Supercars Championship will commence in Newcastle next year. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

The 13-round draft calendar was released during the Repco Bathurst 1000 weekend.

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