David Reynolds will remain with Erebus Motorsport on a long-term basis after signing a 10-year contract extension with the Melbourne-based outfit. It is the longest driver contract ever to be signed in Supercars Championship history.
An outspoken driver who enjoyed a huge fan following, Reynolds joined the outfit in 2016 following its relocation from the Gold Coast to Melbourne and its switch from customer Mercedes-Benz cars to Holden.
A widely-lauded victory at the Bathurst 1000 the following year secured Reynolds’ reputation as one of the sport’s rising stars. Three further race wins helped propel him to fifth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings in 2018 and while he is yet to return to the top of the podium this year he has been able to regularly challenge the factory Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
Speaking of his new long-term deal with the team, Reynolds said he had never entertained the thought of leaving Erebus Motorsport and that the delay confirming his re-signing was down to negotiations on some finer points in his new contract.
“I’m rapt to re-sign with Erebus Motorsport, and this is something very special to me and the team,” Reynolds said.
“It gives me good security and I can concentrate on my job and doing the best for my team. You do long-term deals with long-term people and I’m here for the long haul; I am going to stay for as long as I can.
“I never thought about leaving, it was just figuring out what we were signing, and I have found the best home for me. We have gone from strength to strength and grown to be one of the best teams in pit lane, so we’re going to continue to do that and move forward.”
Team principal and team co-owner Barry Ryan was equally delighted to have retained Reynolds’ services on such a long contract extension.
“Confirming David will remain with us for a long term is great news, and something we are really proud of,” he added.
“Both Erebus and Dave believe in each other; we can feel a sense of security simply based on the length of the term and the commitment shown. Dave has brilliant driving skills, but he’s also brought a very calm nature to our team which can be very important in sometimes stressful sports, like motorsport.
“We have achieved a lot together, but at the same time still feel we have so much more to prove.”
With the team having already confirmed the re-signing of Reynolds’ teammate Anton de Pasquale, it will field an unchanged driving line-up for the 2020 season.
Image via Erebus Motorsport
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