Murphy/Stanaway going through Bathurst heartbreak
Nonetheless that plan could have been harpooned by Brown’s monster crash within the second race at Pukekohe right this moment.
The high-speed affect has left Brown’s common chassis badly broken – maybe to a terminal extent.
Making an attempt to restore the automotive might be additional sophisticated by each the air journey required to return to Australia and he reality the Erebus chassis jig is at present getting used to construct its Gen3 automobiles.
Ought to the automotive not have the ability to be repaired, Brown and Jack Perkins will shift into the spare automotive earmarked for Murphy and Stanaway.
Murphy and Stanaway would then miss the Bathurst 1000, with Erebus CEO Barry Ryan telling media he has already rejected affords from different groups to borrow a chassis.
When requested if he thought Brown’s automotive might be repaired, Ryan mentioned: “First thought is not any, however we’re by no means going to surrender.
“We’ve already had affords to borrow automobiles and stuff however that is an Erebus venture: we’re not placing Murph and Richie in another automotive that now we have kind of bashed collectively as a half-arsed automotive.
“Except we will do it most likely, we’re not doing it. Sadly, now we have bought a championship with two drivers, so the wildcard will miss out if somebody must miss out.
“The issue is, now we have bought our Gen3 chassis being constructed for the time being on the jig. The timeline is so tight on them that we will’t take them off and put a automotive on to attempt to repair it and there’s no approach that is going to be fastened on the workshop and not using a jig.
“I don’t need to say no but, I by no means say no, however we’ll wait and see. We’ve got bought to get it again to the store and take a look correctly.”
Ryan additionally dominated out utilizing one other group’s chassis jig to restore Brown’s automotive.
“Our jig is a jig of its personal,” he mentioned. “We do shit correctly so we’re not going to borrow another person’s flaky jig.
“Once we restore automobiles, we don’t need to restore them to Walkinshaw spec – we need to restore it to our spec.
“It’s so costly to repair this stuff. We’ll simply wait and see. I can’t say sure, I can’t say no for the time being.”
Increasing on the affect of the Gen3 construct, Ryan mentioned the timeline is so tight that even taking the new-spec automobiles off the jig for a single day will not be potential.
“Our timeline is that brief on Gen3 as it’s,” mentioned Ryan.
“Fortunately our first Gen3 automotive is about to return off the jig however [fabricator] James [White] has really simply began this weekend constructing the second.
“We simply can’t afford to lose a day on that Gen3 venture for the time being.
“It’s not simply the chassis. The chassis we will end within the subsequent 4 weeks however our fabricators have to construct suspension arms and brackets. They’ve the whole lot up till February. There’s probably not a day spare on our timeline to construct this stuff.”
The group does have one different automotive in its fleet, the well-known ‘Mercadore’, which is a Mercedes fitted with Commodore bodywork and is often run at journey days.
Nonetheless he confirmed that automotive is not match for the Bathurst venture and will not be thought of.
“Like a Walkinshaw chassis, you would put it collectively and make it work however we’re not going there to half-arse the venture. That’s simply unfair on everybody.”
Ought to the third Erebus automotive not make the Bathurst 1000 grid the sphere will drop to 27 automobiles, the 25 regulars plus wildcards from Triple Eight and Matt Chahda Motorsport.