New upgrade to boost Erebus at Symmons Plains

David Reynolds trialled the new upright at the Australian Grand Prix

A new front upright is expected to boost Erebus Motorsport’s hopes at next weekend’s Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.

The Melbourne squad plans to fit new uprights to its ZB Commodores for David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale following a successful trial at Albert Park earlier this month.

Last year the team encountered issues in tackling Symmons Plains’ famous tight hairpin and it is hoped the new upright will combat the problem by improving steering lock on the cars.

Despite the dilemma 12 months ago, Reynolds finished fourth and eighth in the two races, while De Pasquale came home 19th and 15th respectively. 

The upright has arrived on the cars following the team’s new agreement with damper specialists Supashock, which was signed on the eve of the new season.  

“We were alright at Symmons Plains but we had a bit of a battle (last year),” Penrite Racing boss Barry Ryan told Speedcafe.com.

“We didn’t have enough steering lock at the hairpin so we have got our new upright in the car now, and it has got more steering lock, so that will help us. That really hurt us last year.

“We didn’t have it (the upright) at Adelaide but we had it in one of the cars at the Australian Grand Prix. 

“We implemented it carefully so we didn’t ruin any of our data for last year. Now we are confident it is better, so it is going in both cars.”

In addition to the upright upgrade, both cars will undergo centre of gravity (CoG) tweaks as will all Holden ZB Commodore and Ford Mustang entries following the results of Supercars’ CoG test last week.

The changes will require teams to redistribute ballast higher up in the chassis to increase the car’s centre of gravity which will affect the handling of the cars.

It is anticipated that the changes, approved by the Supercars Commission yesterday, will take a day to implement on the cars.

All Holden and Ford entries are required to amend the ballast in their cars in accordance to Supercars’ new stipulations. 

The Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint is set to begin on Friday, April 5. 

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