Erebus Motorsport is set to enter its second season as a Melbourne-based Holden squad with renewed optimism after a successful hit-out at the Sydney Motorsport Park test.
The team heads to Adelaide with far more stability than 12 months ago, when it had switched from Mercedes to Holden and moved from the Gold Coast to Melbourne, triggering a wholesale changeover in staff.
One year on from its major shift, the team’s general manager, Barry Ryan, explained building its own brand new car for David Reynolds and steady growth in the last 12 months have given hope it can punch above its weight in terms of results.
Reynolds and new recruit Dale Wood showed good pace at the test day, finishing ninth and 10th overall despite reporting the high degradation track made it difficult to get a read on Dunlop’s new tyres for 2017.
“There were two cars in the top-10 and you can’t ask for much more than that,” Ryan told Supercars.com of his team’s test.
“Dave was hovering around the top five all day, he just didn’t get a run on his last set of tyres.
“Dale, we had a couple of issues with his car but we got them sorted in the afternoon which was really strong.
“We made good changes and was really confident. He’s at home with the team now which is good.”
Erebus shook down its new car for Reynolds at the circuit on the eve of the all-in test day.
While it is the first car the team has built itself, Ryan reports Erebus hasn’t had to re-engineer or change the setup philosophy that saw Reynolds finish on the podium at last year’s Coates Hire Sydney 500.
Ryan added the team did not report too many major changes in the switch to Dunlop’s new construction tyres.
“We didn’t notice much difference,” Ryan continued.
“It’s similar to what we had and we haven’t changed the car massively.
“It’s a little bit different in a couple of areas, but there’s nothing where you go ‘wow, that’s different’.
“We’ll wait until everyone is in the same qualifying session and see where we are.”