In an announcement Erebus has mentioned that Kostecki has “indicated he’s not able to participate” within the season-opening Bathurst 500 on 23-25 February, and confirmed that Todd Hazelwood, who was anticipated to be named as one of many group’s endurance co-drivers, will as a substitute race the #99 Chevrolet Camaro.
The assertion mentioned, partly, “Opposite to media stories, Brodie Kostecki stays a part of the Erebus Motorsport household and is a valued member of our group.
“Brodie has indicated he’s not able to participate within the opening spherical of the 2024 Supercars Championship.”
In an announcement on behalf of Supercars, CEO Shane Howard mentioned: “We perceive the gravity of Brodie’s choice and the challenges he could also be dealing with right now.
“On behalf of everybody at Supercars, we want Brodie all one of the best, and we sincerely hope to witness his return to the Repco Supercars Championship sooner or later.”
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Brodie Kostecki, Erebus Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Hazelwood is predicted to hitch the group subsequent week to check two newly-built Erebus Camaros alongside new teammate Jack Le Brocq. Mockingly, the 2 drivers had been teammates at Matt Stone Racing teammate in 2022.
No matter occurs previous to the second spherical of the Supercars Championship at Albert Park on 21-24 March, even a short lived absence by Kostecki is a big blow to Erebus, which received the 2023 Group’s title and took first and fifth within the Drivers’ Championship.
Final season Le Brocq completed the Drivers’ Championship in twelfth with MSR, and Hazelwood twenty first with Blanchard Racing Group.
It was reported on Tuesday that Kostecki has break up with Erebus and can sit out the 2024 season.
Autosport understands that there have been tensions inside the Erebus group for a while, with Kostecki reportedly having a serious fall-out with the squad on the eve of the Tailem Bend spherical in August of final yr.
With Kostecki underneath contract at Erebus, it appears unlikely he can be launched to hitch one other group. That will imply that he can be unlikely to take part whilst a co-driver within the sequence’ endurance occasions, the Sandown 500 and the Bathurst 1000.