Erebus Motorsport boss Barry Ryan has been thinking about a breakout year for his crew and rookie drivers Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki.
Brown led the team’s efforts in 2021, winning the last of four events at Sydney Motorsport Park.
It was team-mate Kostecki who brought the team success early and took his first Supercars podium in only his fifth race as a full-time driver at the Sandown International Motor Raceway
In the end, Brown finished eighth in the drivers’ standings, ahead of Kostecki in ninth place.
Still, it wasn’t a perfect season, Ryan admitted as the team faced renewed pit stop problems that starved Brown for a win in Sydney.
“I would rate our season 8/10,” said Ryan.
“Overall we’ve seen some great results, but we still had too many small pit stop issues and a few small reliability issues.
“To get a 10 you have to be perfect and to get a nine you have to be very close to perfect.”
It wasn’t just a new driver line-up in 2021 following the departures of David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale.
Race engineers Alistair McVean and Mirko De Rosa both split and were duly replaced by George Commins and Tom Moore.
Over the course of the year, Ryan noticed greater cohesion within the team and a willingness to be open to one another.
“The biggest improvement I’ve seen this year is teamwork and how well we worked together was reflected in our results,” said Ryan.
“It was really about hard work and a consolidated effort on the part of the team to improve in all areas.
“We made the most of the long break between the laps and treated it like an off-season.
“Teamwork is everything and making sure we work together in every way will ensure we move forward and get good results in 2022.”
There were several highlights for Erebus Motorsport, none of which stood out from the crowd for the team boss.
“There are some moments that I was really proud of this year and no achievement can, in my opinion, be rated higher than the other.
“Brody’s shootout at the season opener, his podium at Sandown, and when he gave Will to the podium at SMSP2.
“Then Will obviously took his first race win in Sydney and the provisional pole in Bathurst.
“Both of the driver’s performances in the Bathurst 1000 Shootout were excellent, and then of course Brodie and Dave’s [Russell] Bathurst pedestal.
“These were all fantastic moments and all evidence that the team worked together in complete unity.
“Seeing the team recover and work together to make the pit stop that led to Will’s win was really rewarding for the crew, especially after all the previous problems.”
Next year the team will have Boost Mobile naming rights for its two cars # 9 and 99.