Ryan slams critics after Sandown podium

Erebus CEO Barry Ryan has delivered a passionate message to his squad's critics off the back of Brodie Kostecki's maiden Supercars podium at Sandown.

Ryan slams critics after Sandown podium
Listen to this article

The rookie put in a stunning drive in wet conditions in the third Sandown race, driving past the likes of seven-time series champion Jamie Whincup and the man he effectively replaced at Erebus David Reynolds on his way to second place.

Coupled with a fine seventh place for teammate and fellow rookie Will Brown, the result went against a host of dire pre-season predictions for the Bathurst-winning squad.

Having lost both of its drivers (Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale) and chief engineers (Alistair McVean and Mirko De Rosa) over the off-season, there was talk the squad may struggle with its all-rookie line-up. 

At the same time Ryan himself came under fire for his role in the exodus, thanks largely to a starring role in the Inside Line documentary series that highlighted his no-nonsense management style.

But he says the exodus was overblown by media coverage and that he doesn’t care what his critics have to say. 

"I don't give a f**k what anybody thinks anymore," Ryan told Motorsport.com when asked if the result vindicated the team's new direction. 

"I just want to forget about last year. 

"When you look in our garage we've got everybody that was in our COVID team apart from two drivers and one engineer. Everyone else is still here. So the bullshit about the turnover is just media hype and crap from people that aren't in the team anymore. They can all get f**ked. 

"We never weren't a successful race team. Last year Anton finished eighth in the championship and had a podium and a race win. We just had one driver that wasn't successful last year, that's all it was. 

"The bullshit that we've been through, I just want it to stop."

Read Also:

Ryan also hailed Kostecki as a hardcore racer and praised his two new drivers for working together to speed up their progress as rookies. 

"He wouldn't be here if he wasn't going to be [the right fit]," said Ryan. 

"Apart from [van Gisbergen] he's the biggest racer in pitlane. He lives out of a suitcase. He lives where he needs to be to race a car. That's just Brodie. 

"Will is a similar sort of character but he's more family based. He's bought a home and his mum and dad are down the road and all of that. But he's a racer as well. 

"Having two guys like that, that's what we always wanted in our team. We had that in Anton, although he didn't have the aggressive nature of Brodie. Losing Anton was a big thing, and we didn't want to lose him. But shit happens and I think we've replaced him with an upgrade in Brodie, in my opinion, just because Brodie is that bit more aggressive in his racing. 

"And Will will get there real fast. 

"The biggest thing I've seen this year is that Will and Brodie want to help each other. Drivers that are threatened by each other, engineers that are threatened by each other, that's all removed from our team now. That's huge for our team and that's why we'll get better."

shares
comments

Related video

Sandown Supercars: Van Gisbergen keeps perfect run alive
Previous article

Sandown Supercars: Van Gisbergen keeps perfect run alive

Next article

McLaughlin defends DJR from fan "attack"

McLaughlin defends DJR from fan "attack"
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020