Erebus Motorsport’s crashed-damaged #9 Commodore will make a return to track this morning after the team’s mammoth effort overnight.
Will Brown suffered a heavy crash at the Dipper midway through yesterday’s opening practice, clipping the inside wall and ultimately sending his Erebus WD-40 Holden into the outside barrier.
It came after showing impressive pace early on, with Brown third on the time sheets at the time of the incident.
“The whole front corner was extensively damaged, the lower chassis rail was twisted; we cut about five cars out of the car and had to replace those,” Erebus CEO Barry Ryan said.
“Radiator, front bumper bar, steering rack, cross member, water pump on the engine, bonnet, right front guard.
“On the rear we had both top and bottom wish bones, we changed the transaxle for safety as it had a side impact.”
A non-stop effort overnight has seen Erebus manage to fix the car in time for this morning’s qualifying session.
“It’s been an awesome effort by our crew to get the car back up and running before qualifying today,” Erebus CEO Barry Ryan said.
“There were stages where we thought we wouldn’t get it done but we eventually got to a stage and convinced ourselves we could fix it.”
“It’s a massive credit to the team, it’s as good as you can do at the track for a repair.”
Teammate Brodie Kostecki was sixth fastest at the end of yesterday’s practice and Ryan is confident in the pace of both cars despite the setback.
“Brodie was the fastest he’s ever been yesterday in that last session, he knows that level is now and he can push that further again today,” Ryan said.
“Brodie is in a good spot and Will wants to put it in the Shootout and we’re backing him to do that.”
Qualifying is set to start this morning at 9:05am local time.