Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver Shae Davies has been promoted to a full-time race seat at Erebus Motorsport and will take over the #4 Holden entry for the remainder of the 2016 Supercars season, the team has announced.
Davies was already confirmed as one of the team’s co-drivers for the upcoming Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 rounds, but can now add the Sydney Motorsport Park, Pukekohe and Sydney Olympic Park rounds to his CV.
He will take over driving duties from fellow Enduro Cup co-driver Craig Baird, who had a one-off outing for the team at the previous round at Queensland Raceway following the sudden departure of full-time driver Aaren Russell.
Davies is currently competing in his second season of racing in the feeder Dunlop Series championship where he drives a previous-generation Ford Falcon for MW Motorsport.
“This is a dream come true, since I started racing in 2010 it’s been my goal to race full-time in the Supercars Championship and to be here now is a surreal feeling,” Davies said of his new opportunity.
“It’s been a challenging couple of years leading up to this point, with some great results but also some character building weekends. As a driver, you often wonder whether a chance like this will come, but I’ve got to give a huge thanks to Betty and Daniel [Klimekno] and Barry [Ryan] for having the faith in me to give me this opportunity.
“I don’t underestimate what’s ahead of me. It will be exceptionally challenging but a challenge I can’t wait to start. The current main game field is world class. My job will be to head into each round focused, learn as much as I can from the team and do the best job I can, improving every outing.”
While relatively little is expected of Davies given his comparative inexperience, Erebus Motorsport general manager Barry Ryan is confident that their protégé can turn a few heads.
“I first noticed Shae during his Formula Ford campaign when he was mixing it with the likes of (Chaz) Mostert, (Cameron) Waters, (Jack) Le Brocq and (Garry) Jacobson,” Ryan said.
“I’ve watched him closely and he’s punched above his weight in a number of categories with guys that have been doing it twice as long. Shae has nothing to prove, we already know what he is capable of; we saw that when he drove with our GT program in New Zealand last year.”
Davies’ promotion means that Erebus Motorsport will now be on the hunt for a new co-driver for the Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds, which kick off in mid-September with the Sandown 500.
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