Tough 2020 led to Reynolds’ Erebus exit

Supercars star David Reynolds says the challenges of 2020 on and off track led to his decision to quit Erebus Motorsport one year into a mammoth 10-year contract.

The Bathurst-winning driver’s decision to walk away was announced on Wednesday, with Erebus confirming his five-season stint at the team was over.

Despite rumours of friction with outspoken team chief executive Barry Ryan, Reynolds says the decision to part ways was mutual.

He says at he’s peace with leaving despite his affinity to the team.

“It’s very, very said because I’ve poured my heart and soul into that team,” Reynolds said on the latest edition of the Below the Bonnet podcast.

“To end one year into a 10-year deal, it’s not a very good feeling. But I think it’s the best for myself and the best for them as well.

“And I can’t say anything bad about them. I had such a great time with them.”

In his first season after signing the “lifetime” contract, Reynolds failed to win a single race and finished 12th on the championship standings in a year heavily disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 35-year-old said the demands of a year spent mostly on the road due to Victoria’s lockdown had taken its toll and brought a change of focus.

“It was a very strange year. I don’t really want to go into what happened, because … it’s all in the past,” he said.

“I’m trying to move on with my life and start again.

“Every year you either win or you learn. And we didn’t win a lot this year, but we learnt a lot.

“And I learnt a lot about myself and how to get the most out of myself.”

As to what the future holds, Reynolds said he has no drive lined up yet for 2021 but was eager to explore his options.

“Now I’m free, I’m allowed to go into the marketplace and start talking to other teams and finding out what else is there.”

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V8 Supercars 2021: David Reynolds leaves Erebus, news, drivers, David Coulthard joins Team SYDNEY

Erebus Motorsport has confirmed that its 2017 Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds has parted ways with the team.

In 2019, Reynolds signed a 10-year “lifetime” deal to stay with the Melbourne outfit but this evening it was confirmed that he will not continue with the squad.

Meanwhile, veteran Fabian Coulthard has signed for Team SYDNEY.

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Team Penske boss Ryan Story and Erebus chief Barry Ryan involved in online spat as feud escalates

The war between DJR Team Penske and Erebus Motorsport has spilled into social media with the heavyweight teams attacking each other in cyberspace.

In an ugly escalation of the feud that has been raging since Scott McLaughlin and Dave Reynolds tangled in Townsville, Penske boss Ryan Story called out his Erebus counterpart after following a serial serving of “who cares” comments posted under stories featuring his two drivers.

News Corp Australia can reveal Erebus employees were behind the “who cares” campaign that saw team personnel posting derogatory comments on stories featuring McLaughlin and his Penske teammate Fabian Coulthard.

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A Facebook story featuring McLaughlin and Coulthard playing cricket even attracted the attention of Erebus boss Barry Ryan with the Bathurst winning co-owner chiming in with a “who cares” of his own.

Ryan’s comment forced a reaction from DJR Team Penkse with the all-conquering team’s boss weighing in.

“Nice work Baz,” Story wrote.

“We all work hard to activate and deliver value for our partners so we can keep going racing. I would never post a comment like this on a similar Erebus initiative. Never.”

The two teams have been at war since Reynolds and McLaughlin collided in Townsville last year.

The feud erupted when McLaughlin slammed Reynolds as a “desperado” for a lunge that ended up taking both drivers out of the Townsville 400.

“It was pretty full-on, wasn’t it? Especially lap one,” McLaughlin said in a post-race interview.

“Everybody’s battling for visibility and traction, it’s risk management on days like today. Especially when you’re up the front and in a (strong) championship position, like he is.

“Dave was just a desperado. He can say what he wants; I went down and saw him and he said I turned in or whatever. But personally, if I turned in it was by a millimetre and he’s just clipped me up the rear, so whatever.”

Reynolds turned it into a war on the words when he launched the first of several verbal attacks.

“He is very precious these days,” Reynolds said.

“He is not what he used to be. It is a different Scott to what we knew years ago. That is what I feel anyway but I don’t think I am alone.

“There has been a definite change. When we first saw him in GRM (Garry Rogers Motorsport) he used to swear in his interviews and say funny, off the cuff things – real stuff. Now he just thanks the team and the sponsors. It is all very corporatised. It is probably good for the sponsors but boring for everyone else.’’

McLaughlin responded, of course.

“It’s one of those things, where it’s always going to be different, when you go to other teams and there’s a lot of pressures that comes with that,” McLaughlin said.

“Some people grow up and some people don’t, and I think we can tell which one (of us) has grown up.

“I think I’m the same person I’ve always been. I just understand I’ve got a bit more on my shoulders and now I’m in a completely different position.”

The pair will resume the on-track war – which is clearly being won by McLaughlin – on Saturday in Darwin when the championship resumes.

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