Sponsors pull out of Erebus Motorsport amid ugly Brodie Kostecki Supercars drama

The fallout over reigning Supercars champion Brodie Kostecki’s looming exit from Erebus Motorsport continues to unfold, with a lot of sponsors pulling out of the workforce amid widespread criticism of Supercars’ dealing with of the scenario.

Erebus introduced that Todd Hazlewood will drive the #99 Camaro for the opening spherical of the 2024 season on the Bathurst 500, however it’s believed a everlasting cut up between first-time champion Kostecki and the workforce is at present being negotiated.

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Naming proper sponsor Coca-Cola confirmed they’ve ended their partnership with Erebus, after monetary companies agency Shaw and Companions pulled their sponsorship after 4 years with the workforce, whereas Southern Cross Truck Leases (SCTR) have additionally withdrawn.

In the meantime Increase Cell, who’ve beforehand sponsored Kostecki in Supercars and are additionally set to sponsor his NASCAR appearances this 12 months by means of USA sister firm MobileX, have withdrawn from talks with Supercars over extending their naming rights cope with the Gold Coast 500.

Kostecki is but to publicly converse amid the continuing drama.

However SCTR proprietor Steve Blackmore slammed the “co-ordinated” and “deceptive” statements from Erebus and Supercars that have been launched collectively final week.

The Erebus assertion learn: “Opposite to media reviews, Brodie Kostecki stays a part of the Erebus Motorsport household and is a valued member of our workforce.

“Brodie has indicated he’s not able to participate within the opening spherical of the 2024 Supercars Championship.

“Todd Hazelwood will stand in for Brodie on the Bathurst 500 from February 23-25.”

In an official assertion, Supercars CEO Shane Howard stated: “We perceive the gravity of Brodie’s resolution and the challenges he could also be dealing with right now.

“On behalf of everybody at Supercars, we want Brodie all the perfect, and we sincerely hope to witness his return to the Repco Supercars Championship sooner or later.

“Within the meantime, we prolong our help to Erebus as they navigate the beginning of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship with Todd Hazelwood and Jack Le Brocq driving for the workforce.

“Defending a Championship title is rarely a straightforward job, however we’re assured in Erebus’s potential to adapt and proceed their pursuit of success on the monitor.”

SCTR proprietor Steve Blackmore instructed Speedcafe: “They launch a press launch saying Brodie continues to be a part of the workforce, which in my thoughts was to try to purchase a while over the scenario.

“However in actuality, as a accomplice and as any person who’s associates with each side of the celebration, it’s like two associates and they’ve separated, they’re dwelling in separate homes and so they’re not speaking, however technically they’re nonetheless married.

“The contract continues to be binding. However the reality of the matter is, that they’re not collectively. So it places folks into a tough scenario.

“It was disingenuous. It was additionally disingenuous from Supercars, as a result of their press launch was already on their web site mixed with Erebus’ press launch, so it was co-ordinated. And it’s deceptive.

“It leaves a foul style in your mouth, as a result of on the finish of the day we’re making an attempt to make industrial selections, and it makes us look actually unhealthy … like we’re leaping ship on the first signal of troubled waters. And that’s not the case.

“Persons are making industrial selections as a result of we’re absolutely conscious that there’s much more to the story, and if issues do come out, they’re probably damaging to different folks’s manufacturers.”

The Supercars assertion was slammed by three-time champion Scott McLaughlin, who took to X (previously Twitter) to put in writing: “‘We perceive the gravity of Brodie’s resolution and the challenges he could also be dealing with right now.’ In an official Supercars assertion.

“The game ought to be ashamed. They know the total story and as per traditional facet step round every thing and don’t say something hoping the storm will settle like they all the time have. No safety for drivers ever.

“Full help for Brodie Kostecki.”

One other former champion in Shane van Gisbergen, who now competes in NASCAR, additionally voiced his help for Kostecki.

In 2013, van Gisbergen was caught in a scenario harking back to Kostecki’s. Stone Brothers Racing had simply been bought by Erebus, and van Gisbergen briefly retired earlier than having his Erebus contract torn up, earlier than ultimately ending up at Tekno Autosports.

“What a tragic scenario to examine in Australia proper now with Brodie Kostecki,” van Gisbergen wrote on social media.

“I went by means of an analogous scenario 10 or so years in the past – not having the ability to say a lot, plus the workforce and media setting the narrative out of your management, shouldn’t be enjoyable.

“Full help right here and hope that it really works out the proper means, with Brodie having fun with driving race automobiles in 2024.”

Kostecki made his NASCAR debut final 12 months and was anticipated to compete in a lot of NASCAR Cup races this 12 months round his Supercars schedule.

Since his contract drama with Erebus blew up, there have been some rumours that Kostecki was leaving Erebus to race full-time in NASCAR in 2024.

It’s a suggestion {that a} long-time Kostecki backer, Increase Cell’s Peter Adderton, firmly refutes.

In a public assertion on social media, Adderton hit out at Erebus and Supercars over their dealing with of the scenario.

“I cannot go into why Brodie won’t race in 2024 with Erebus,” he wrote.

“That’s his private resolution and I’m certain when he is able to clarify why he’ll. However the launch yesterday did nothing than present me how Supercars and Erebus are searching for their very own self pursuits forward of a younger driver.

“They know full effectively what’s going down and this assertion by the Supercars CEO was so disappointing to me and never useful.”

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