Recap: The biggest moments from Episode 3

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 07/04/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

The latest instalment of new docuseries Inside Line – A Season with Erebus Motorsport follows the team’s ups and downs through their 2019 travels to Perth, Winton and Darwin.

Supercars.com recaps the biggest moments from the episode.

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Team orders tension

The second race of the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight saw Penrite Racing teammates David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale squabbling over the same piece of track right from the opening lap.

With Reynolds showing pace, his engineer Alistair McVean asks De Pasquale’s engineer Mirko De Rosa to allow the #9 past.

Things are amicable at the point of both drivers being informed of the early in-garage communications… but frustrations builds with each passing lap a position swap does not occur.

With De Pasquale arguing that he might lose further spots if he eases off to let Reynolds by, tensions boil over between De Rosa and Erebus CEO Barry Ryan.

“Jump on the radio and tell him now too,” says De Rosa as a part of a long-running exchange.

That’s met by a stern Ryan reply of: “You’re the engineer, I f***ing told you to do it!”

Reynolds ultimately brings his Commodore home in sixth, one spot ahead of his teammate.

Driver-share goes to the next level

The driver-share model came into Supercars this year with Matt Stone Racing opting to split race weekends between rookies Zane Goddard and Jake Kostecki, but Erebus take that concept to the next level here.

Cameras follow the team out to the Erebus Academy Drive Day at the Norwell Motorplex in Queensland, where De Pasquale’s ability to mentor young racers becomes clear.

The most notable part of the segment however is when Reynolds and De Pasquale jump in a car, with the latter taking the instructor’s role given his knowledge of the Paul Morris-run circuit and cars.

Tracking priceless interactions between the pair, they soon enough agree to let De Pasquale look after the braking – such is the ability of an instructor car.

The steering and acceleration is left to Reynolds, making for a true team effort to guide the sedan around at high speed.

“Do you trust me?” De Pasquale is heard asking Reynolds, who declares the experience “the most stressed I’ve ever been.”

Keeping up with the Klimenkos

The docuseries’ pilot episode revealed an untold pain from Erebus team owner Betty Klimenko’s childhood.

Now, an insight is provided into her relationship with husband Daniel.

“Daniel is an enigma. He just knows my puzzle pieces, he knows how to put me together properly,” Betty says.

“He doesn’t pick me up when I’m down, he kicks me in the butt. That’s the type of person Daniel is.

“He does little things for me, like he tucks me in at night, still, like I’m a child. He’ll come downstairs at nine o’clock and he literally tucks me into the bed and kisses me on the forehead.”

Pitstop frustration… and redemption

Tempers flare again at the Darwin race meeting when a botched pitstop ruins De Pasquale’s Saturday race.

The #99 Holden had started on the second row of the grid – directly behind Reynolds – but lost a huge chunk of time with a slow tyre change.

“That’s f***ing shit,” exclaims Ryan.

“Everybody is getting docked $100.”

The crew regrouped to deliver a slick tyre change for Reynolds soon after, allowing him to jump Will Davison, before completing their redemption with further excellent stops the following day.

With four consecutive top four placings, including three podiums, Reynolds rises to third in the championship by the end of the Darwin weekend.

The fourth episode of Inside Line – A Season with Erebus Motorsport will air at 7pm on Thursday.

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