Erebus Motorsport came into existence in 2011 with ambitions for world domination. By world domination, we mean Team Owner Betty Klimenko set her sights on succeeding in the fast world of motorsport.
Betty bought a facility in Melbourne, along with an SLS AMG GT3 and it wasn’t long before her team clocked up multiple wins in the Australian GT Championship. Expanding to a second GT3 the next year, the team finished second in its first attempt at the Bathurst 12 Hour.
Fast forward to 2013 and countless wins later, Erebus were ready to take it up a notch. The team launched into the Supercars Championship that year and as half the team prepared the categories first E63’s in Queensland, the other enjoyed victory at the Bathurst 12 hour. A win at Zhuhai in China and pole position at Macau with former Formula 1 world Champion Mika Hakkinen followed, and Erebus dominated GT racing.
The team scored its maiden Supercars win at Winton Raceway in just its second season, and their first pole position at Sydney Olympic Park then provided a fitting end to a successful year. Their form continued throughout 2015, but world domination is not the word of a moment, and the team didn’t have what it needed to challenge the best in the business. Under the guidance of General Manager Barry Ryan, that was to change.
The Queensland operation packed up and moved to Melbourne, and over the next season solid foundations were laid. The team recruited, not in quantity, but quality, until it was capable of going toe-to-toe with the biggest names in racing.
2017 saw the team work harder than ever and with rapid and successful car development, the second half of the season cleared Erebus of their “underdog” label before conquering the Bathurst 1000 and becoming the second team in history to win both the Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000.
Erebus scored three more wins, five pole positions and multiple podiums on their way to securing fourth in the 2018 Team’s Championship and David fifth in the Driver’s points – a best ever for the squad! They move up pit lane in 2019 and head into the season with a strong team and new name in Penrite Racing.