When news broke last week that reigning Supercars champion Brodie Kostecki would sit out the entire 2024 season, Erebus acted quickly to clarify that, at this point in time, the Australian would only miss the opening round at Bathurst.

This was followed by a statement from Howard, which appeared to suggest that Kostecki was suffering a mental health issue in relation to defending his title – something which is understood not to be the case.

In recent days, Erebus has lost key sponsors including Coca-Cola, Shaw and Partners and Southern Cross Truck Rentals. Boost Mobile, a long-time backer of Kostecki, has also pulled out of negotiations to extend their naming rights deal for the Supercars Gold Coast 500.

Following widespread criticism of the championship’s perceived silence on the matter and suggestions that it was biased towards Erebus, Howard has sent an open letter to fans in a bid to calm the waters.

“I want to address the recent developments between Brodie Kostecki and Erebus Motorsport that resulted in Brodie not racing for the Erebus team at the upcoming Thrifty Bathurst 500,” he wrote.

“The situation has garnered significant attention and speculation, and I feel it’s crucial from a Supercars perspective to provide clarity and context.

“I’ve personally been in confidential dialogue with Brodie both leading into and following the announcement. I’ve also had extensive discussions about the matter over recent weeks with Erebus Motorsport management, including Barry Ryan and Betty Klimenko. There have been suggestions that Supercars hasn’t engaged in these conversations or has taken sides. This is simply incorrect and misleading.

Brodie Kostecki, Erebus Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Photo by: Edge Photographics

“The ongoing nature of this situation, between Brodie Kostecki and Erebus Motorsport which is yet to be resolved, is why none of the parties involved will comment on the matter at this time. We respect the rights of all individual parties, including their discretion to resolve matters in a confidential manner. Efforts are continuing to be made to facilitate and encourage the parties to find a practical and workable solution in the best interests of all stakeholders.

“There has been considerable commentary on this matter, and some of it has been disappointing. We urge everyone to approach this situation with the understanding, empathy and patience it deserves.

“The circumstances at hand are ultimately a matter between the owners and management of Erebus Motorsport and their contracted driver, Brodie Kostecki. Supercars has offered our full support to all parties and will continue to do so.

“Racing is a passion that should be enjoyed by everyone, be it as a spectator, volunteer, sponsor, team owner, employee, or driver.”

Erebus began its pre-season preparations on Monday, running a predominantly white-delivered Chevrolet Camaro at Winton.

The team replaced Triple Eight-bound Will Brown with Jack Le Brocq, while Todd Hazelwood will fill in for Kostecki in the opening round at Bathurst.

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