De Pasquale though is understood to be on a series of one-year renewals and is a potential target for the bigger squads.
“We’d love to get Will Brown in a car,” said Ryan, who isn’t ruling out fielding a wildcard next year, should Brown not pick up a drive elsewhere.
“The biggest thing we’re trying to protect is Anton has only signed another 12 months.
“If any of the big teams want to try and poach him, we need someone to fill that void quick and not go through another couple of teething years.
“We’re trying to look at future-proofing ourselves.
“If he gets an offer from a Penske or a Red Bull… then we’re back to square-one with our second car, which we don’t want.
“But we can’t sacrifice what we’re doing next year to try and get too far ahead of ourselves.
“We’ve just got to perform better so we can convince someone like Anton to sign-on long-term.”
Ryan also confirmed the team is eager to have 2019 Super3 Series winner Broc Feeney onboard in some form next season.
Broc Feeney. pic: Pace Images
Mentored by Paul Morris, who also manages De Pasquale, 16-year-old Feeney joined Penrite Racing for practice at the Winton event this year, as well as a recent test day.
“We’d love to do something with Broc because he’s definitely a talent for the future,” Ryan said.
“Between him, his dad and Paul Morris we’ve had some good discussions on how we can make sure his career takes the next step properly and he doesn’t go in limbo for a couple of years like some of the Super2 drivers.
“There’s some great talent, guys like Bryce Fullwood, who need to be in the main game, but everyone wants money to do it.
“We don’t want drivers here paying money, we’re never going to have that.”