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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REYNOLDS EXITS EREBUS
In a statement issued this evening, the team said:
“Erebus Motorsport regrets to advise that former Bathurst-winner David Reynolds will not continue with the team in 2021.
“After signing a ten-year contract in late-2019, the current #9 driver will amicably part ways with the Melbourne-based squad.”
Team Owner Betty Klimenko said it was unfortunate that both parties were unable to continue together but wished Reynolds all the best in securing his future.
“David has been a significant part of our team since we moved to Melbourne in 2016,” she said.
“We have shared a lot of success together including winning the 2017 Bathurst 1000 and we thank David for all his efforts.
“However, unfortunately David has decided that his future lies elsewhere, and we do not wish to stop him taking another path.
“David needs to do what is best for him and we need to do what is best for our team’s future and long-term stability.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to come to an agreement and we have had to go our separate ways.
“We wish David and his new family all the best for their future.”
Reynolds said it was a tough decision to leave Erebus after helping the rising team for the past five years since their transition from Mercedes.
“My preference has been to stay at Erebus but unfortunately it is time for me to move on,” Reynolds said.
“I have really enjoyed my time with the team and leaving has been a very difficult decision to make.
“The team are a fantastic bunch of people that I’ve built really strong relationships with over the past five years and I am proud of what we have been able to achieve together.”
The team said in the statement it will announce their 2021 driver line-up in the coming days.
— From Supercars.com
COULTHARD HEADS TO SYDNEY
Fabian Coulthard will drive for Team SYDNEY in the Local Legends backed entry in 2021.
It’s a major coup for the Sydney-based team who has snagged the services of one of Supercars’ most experienced campaigners.
Coulthard is a proven winner, with 13 career race victories, five with Brad Jones Racing between 2012-2015 and eight during his five-year campaign with Dick Johnson Racing.
The 38-year-old has 443 Supercars race starts (15th all-time) and 202 round starts (18th all-time) to his name, along with 16 Bathurst 1000 appearances finishing 3rd in 2017 and 4th in 2020.
He finished 3rd in the Supercars Championship in 2017 and 4th in 2019.
Partnering with three-time Champion Scott McLaughlin, the English-born, Auckland-raised Coulthard played a critical role in helping the Dick Johnson Racing team (as DJR Team Penske) claim three teams’ Championships (2017, 2019 and 2020).
“Joining Local Legends Team SYDNEY is an exciting opportunity for myself, I look forward to representing Local Legends, the city of Sydney and playing my part in the development of their Supercar program,” Coulthard said.
“I have a longstanding relationship with the Webb’s, Jonathon and I have competed against one another since 2003 in various campaigns.
“Jonathon, Geoffrey [Slater] and I have a clear direction for the growth of the team and we are committed for the long haul.”
In 2021 Coulthard will drive the Local Legends #19 entry for Bathurst winner Jonathon Webb’s Team Sydney. Alex Davison drove in that entry in 2020.
The #19 entry will be boosted by racing benefactor Tony Quinn, who owns Local Legends beef jerky.
The NZ-based UK expat multi-millionaire backed Tekno with his Darrell Lea confectionery brand when the Webb family-owned team ran Shane van Gisbergen from 2013-2015.
Quinn’s Stix licorice also supported Will Davison’s and Jonathon Webb’s 2016 Bathurst 1000 victory.
On his support for Coulthard in 2021, Quinn said:
“Fabian and I have worked together in the past winning the inaugural Highlands 101 endurance race, we hope to carry this success with the Local Legends Supercar.
“We’ve got the tools to put on a good show, just need Fab to update his hairstyle.”
Coulthard will make his debut in his new Supercar at the team’s home, Sydney Motorsport Park for official testing on the weekend of February 13-14.
— From Supercars.com