Anton De Pasquale has been confirmed by Erebus Motorsport as Dale Wood’s replacement for the 2018 Supercars Championship season.

The Dunlop Super2 Series frontrunner was hotly tipped to join the Melbourne squad’s line-up as teammate to Bathurst 1000 winner David Reynolds, with official confirmation coming just days after Wood’s departure was made known.

The 22-year-old has impressed in two seasons of touring car racing. He currently sits fourth overall in this year’s feeder series standings with two race wins and a further four podium finishes driving for Paul Morris Motorsport.

“It’s a dream come true and I’m very lucky to get this opportunity, so I will take it with two hands,” said De Pasquale, who joins Erebus Motorsport on a multi-year agreement.

“I really enjoyed my first taste with the team at the Evaluation Day and they have a lot of potential still to come. I’ve already worked with the team so I’m not going in blind, I have a good idea of who everyone is and also what they expect out of me.

“I believe with the right crew around me and especially having David as my team-mate, I have the best opportunity to learn as quick as possible and keep moving forward.”

Erebus Motorsport team manager Barry Ryan believes De Pasquale will prove to be a strong teammate to the experienced Reynolds.

“We are delighted to have secured Anton, his local and European championship winning experience along with his raw speed and natural talent is exactly what we need to complement David and our team,” he said.

“Our plan has always been to develop a team that grows and wins together and we are excited to bring more fresh talent into Erebus and Supercars.”

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