Erebus Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan has expressed his delight in watching his two young drivers excel in their first full-time seasons.
Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki were thrown in the deep end in 2021, with David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale moving on.
However, the performances of Brown and Kostecki have been one of the key storylines of the 2021 season.
Kostecki claimed a shock podium at Sandown in March, with the result coming in just his 11th race start.
Brown has claimed eight top 10 finishes in 19 starts and sits 10th in the points standings, just ahead of Kostecki.
After a trying 2020 season largely spent on the road amid the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan was pleased his two young drivers have brought joy to the team.
“The favourite part’s always getting results,” Ryan recently told Supercars.com’s all-in team principal chat.
“Especially with a couple of young rookies, seeing them get results in our category in their first year.
“Brodie’s first podium, and Will getting top fives.
Kostecki scored a surprise Sandown podium
“Getting results and seeing the team being happy.”
Earlier this year, Ryan reaffirmed that both Kostecki and Brown are under contract for at least next year.
However, Ryan’s focus remains solely on 2021, which will also see the team enter a wildcard at Mount Panorama for Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway.
Border restrictions and the New Zealand travel bubble pause may provide hiccups to come, but Ryan said the team is “planning like it’s a perfect world”.
Regardless, he said the break between events will be crucial for the team as its eyes a first three-car Bathurst 1000 tilt since its maiden season in 2013.
Ryan with Brown in Townsville last month
“It’s difficult to think of next year, thinking a couple of days ahead, really,” he said.
“We’re full steam ahead trying to prepare a wildcard car for Bathurst for Murph and Richie.
“The workshop’s still pretty busy, it’s a good time for us to have a little break and prepare for the biggest race and challenge with three cars.
“Next year doesn’t come into our heads yet, but as a category we have to think about it.
“It’s hard as a team to plan that far ahead.”