The Erebus Motorsport team will not run as a customer Mercedes-Benz operation in next year’s V8 Supercars Championship season.

The outfit has run the German carmaker’s E63 AMG models since it joined the championship in 2013, and has largely struggled for results with a package that has had scarcely any development support from Mercedes’ racing division, HWA.

The financially embattled team, which will field an all-new driver pairing of David Reynolds and rookie Aaren Russell in 2016, has secured the use of customer Holden Commodores, which will be built by the Walkinshaw Racing stable.

“Holden has proved its competitiveness in the sport again and again. Erebus has experienced success, but with the switch to Holden combined with our experienced team personnel in Barry Ryan and Campbell Little, and David Reynolds behind the wheel, we have every chance to win more often,” team oenr Betty Klimenko said.

Reynolds’ #9 entry will be run in the striking colour scheme of the team’s principal sponsor, Penrite, while Russell is expected to carry the sponsorship of his own personal backers, Plus Fitness and the Dragon Corporation.

The Erebus Motorsport team has had a tough baptism since its inception, suffering the loss of several major sponsors and being forced to trim to two cars after its first season of racing. The squad has netted just two wins to-date with its uncompetitive package, and has undergone a further transformation by relocating its operation to Melbourne.

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