Erebus Motorsport is said to be evaluating the prospect of expanding to a four-car line-up for the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship season, according to the team’s CEO Ryan Maddison.
The outfit’s three-car model was inherited from its buyout of the former Stone Brothers Racing operation during the 2013 off-season, which ran its own two Ford Falcon entries along with an in-house customer entry owned by James Rosenberg Racing.
The buyout saw the team switch to enter three AMG E63 Mercedes-Benz entries under the inaugural year of the ‘Car of the Future’ regulations, but an odd-numbered operation carries with it a host of problems, which includes the need to share a pit bay and crew with a rival outfit.
“There are still opportunities up and down pit lane for that to occur and there are economies of scale advantages [by running an extra car],” Maddison told the Speed Café website.
“It’s something we’re considering closely.”
Any move to add an extra car would necessitate the team either buying, or securing the lease of, an extra Racing Entitlements Contract – currently up to a dozen RECs are potentially up for grabs, which gives the Queensland-based team plenty of scope to shop around.
The main challenge will be justifying the additional expense of an expansion. The team has largely struggled to get on terms with its more established outfits – particularly with engine power and mechanical reliability – which has left its three drivers well down the order in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
“It’s obviously part of my role to evaluate the numbers and I’d need to put the business case forward to our team owner [Betty Klimenko] and she’d need to be comfortable with it,” Maddison added.
“I’d need to make the numbers stack up first. The timeline on that would be six to eight weeks [so] by the doorstep of Bathurst we should know exactly where we’re at.”
The team is continuing to negotiate with Rosenberg and his long-time driver, Tim Slade, about remaining on board for a fourth season next year.