Erebus Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan has confirmed that Will brown’s heavily damaged Supercar will race at next month’s Bathurst 1000, as his crew begin the process of piecing it back together.
Brown’s car was heavily damaged after he hit the tyre barriers at pit entry on Sunday, following contact with Mark Winterbottom in Race 28 at Auckland.
Cars and equipment arrived back in Melbourne yesterday, with the squad wasting no time to strip the chassis and get it on the jig.
“The guys have had a proper look at the car and we believe we can fix it in time for Bathurst,” Ryan said.
“We’ve got it to Mount Gambier and on the jig this morning, the whole rear of the car is getting cut off and we’ll replace it all.
“Once it’s done, we’ll get it to paint and then back in the workshop and start to replace all the componentry and bodywork.
“Almost every tube in the back half of the car has either been torn, twisted or bent. Items like our gear box, fuel tank housing, drive shafts and suspension components also need to be repaired or replaced.
“We knew there had been substantial damage, though you always find more as you start to pull parts and panels off it.”
The news confirms that the team’s spare car will run at next month’s Bathurst 1000 with Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway at the wheel.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our team; our guys are working around the clock to ensure we have three Boost Mobile Commodores at Bathurst,” Ryan said.
“We are going to Bathurst with the goal to replicate our pole position last year and go two steps higher on the podium, and we’re doing everything in our power to make that happen.
“It’s no different with the wildcard, and it will have been a long journey once it finally gets to Bathurst.
“Everyone wants to see Murphy at Bathurst one more time and we are excited to see how Richie goes in an Erebus car.”
It is unlikely that the #9 will be ready in time for Brown’s last rookie test day next week, with testing alongside Murphy and Stanaway the following week a possible option.
The Bathurst 1000 takes place across October 6-9.