Ousted Nissan Motorsports driver Dale Wood will remain on the Australian Supercars Championship grid in 2017 after signing a two-year deal to race for Erebus Motorsport.
Seemingly out of a drive after Nissan confirmed he was being replaced by Simona de Silvestro next year, Wood has rebounded quickly to claim Erebus’ #4 Holden Commodore entry which is currently being piloted by stand-in rookie Shae Davies.
A winner of the feeder Dunlop Series championship in 2013, Wood has struggled to make an impression in his last three seasons in the top tier racing for Brad Jones Racing (2014-15) and Nissan.
Wood’s significant sponsorship backing will be warmly received at Erebus Motorsport, and the 33-year-old is hoping that a two-year deal alongside highly-rated teammate David Reynolds will help propel him up the grid.
“I am really excited to be joining Erebus Motorsport and being part of a smaller, tight-knit team,” Wood said.
“I’m particularly excited about being partnered with Dave [Reynolds]; we are both like-minded characters with a similar sense of humour, so I think the garage will be very upbeat.
“Dave will also be a huge challenge and I’ve got a lot to learn; there’s been so many instances this year I’ve watched some of the laps he’s done and he’s done a standout job.
“I’ve never had the opportunity to come into a team and know I’m there long-term,” he added, referring to his longer-term contract.
“A year in this game goes pretty quickly and it is tough doing it year by year, so it will be really nice to be in a place now where I have some continuity and can build on my relationship with the team.”
Wood is a known quantity to Erebus Motorsport general manager Barry Ryan, who is looking forward seeing the team’s new signing in action.
“I’ve known Dale since his days in Formula Ford, and he has always been a competitive driver in every category he has raced,” said Ryan, who previously worked with Wood at Kelly Racing.
“Winning the Development Series title in 2013 was just an example and since then he has been in teams in a third or fourth car, which has its own issues.
“Having an experienced driver like Dale work with and push Dave is exactly what we need to move forward as a team. Dale will surprise many in 2017 and will bring a great personality to the team, much like Dave, and this is just as important as their ability to drive.”
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