The Erebus Motorsport team has, at long last, confirmed the news everyone knew anyway: Will Davison will join the two-car team for the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship season and beyond.
While the announcement has been a poorly kept secret for months, Davison has been one of the catalysts of a very volatile 2013-2014 driver market as he unsuccessfully sought to remain with the Ford Performance Racing team for a fourth season.
After months of protracted negotiations and several rejections of offers from FPR, Davison’s impending departure from the works team was all confirmed when it announced that its protégé, Chaz Mostert, would join the team full-time next year.
That effectively forced Davison’s hand, and he announced ahead of October’s Gold Coast 600 that he wouldn’t race for the team beyond the end of the season, although he remained tight-lipped about where he would be going.
That was until today, with Erebus Motorsport’s colourful owner, Betty Klimenko, confirming via her Facebook account that the sixteen-time race-winner would drive one of the team’s AMG E63 racers in 2014.
“Will is joining Erebus and I couldn’t be happier,” she wrote.
“He is a lovely boy who sees the big picture. He understands that he is coming into a team that is still finding its roots.
“Will will be, as all our drivers have been and will be, part of the evolution of our cars. I believe this makes for a good team: the synergy between driver, engineer, mechanic and car. He understands this and this is what drew me towards him as a driver in the first place.
“He also understands that we are not just one category, we are a motorsport company, we embrace the whole of the sport, and we want drivers and crew to be able to do the same.”
Erebus Motorsport will mark the fourth different team Davison – who finished third overall in last year’s Drivers’ Championship standings – has driven for in his tin-top career, following previous stints at Dick Johnson Racing (2006–2008) and the Holden Racing Team (2009–2010) prior to joining FPR in 2011.
Davison will drive the team’s #9 car alongside teammate Lee Holdsworth, who will pilot the team’s #4 entry.
The team will spend its sophomore year in the championship as a two-car operation. The outfit had run three cars in its debut season, however it lost one car when REC-holder James Rosenberg elected to move his #47 entry across to Walkinshaw Racing for the coming season.