- Penrite Racing
The days of Erebus Motorsport being a Supercars backmarker seem a distant memory.
Now under the Penrite Racing banner, the team’s shift from Mercedes to Holden worked a treat, with third-year pairing David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale set to compete at the front again in 2020.
While race wins evaded them last year, Erebus were again solid with nine podiums between their two Commodores.
It marked their second successive year placing fourth in the teams’ championship, with the presence of star youngster De Pasquale helping their overall tally.
Erebus announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with their maiden Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 win courtesy of Reynolds and Luke Youlden in 2017 – and the duo almost backed it up 12 months later.
Klimenko’s involvement in Australian racing started in 1998, before entering Supercars in 2013 following the purchase of Stone Brothers Racing.
Erebus won a pair of races with the Mercedes package it developed between 2013-15, but then opted to start over.
The recruitment of Reynolds was accompanied by a move to Melbourne from the Gold Coast, a shift to Holden Commodores – initially purchased from Walkinshaw Racing – and a refreshed list of personnel.
With the first Erebus-built Commodore, Reynolds took out the Great Race and finished seventh in the 2017 championship.
He backed that up with fifth in ’18 and sixth in ’19 as, in the background, De Pasquale’s star continued to rise.
The team has already flagged Will Brown’s promotion into its ranks for 2021 – whether that is in a third car or as replacement for De Pasquale, should he switch teams, is to be seen.
Brown for now will chase the Dunlop Super2 Series crown as part of the two-car Erebus-affiliated Image Racing squad.