In a surprise twist, Dean received a late call up this week from Erebus Motorsport to race at this weekend’s Phillip Island SuperSprint round of the V8 Supercar Championship. He will fill the Wendy’s backed #4 car for the round after regular driver, Ash Walsh, has agreed to step aside for a round to support the potential improvement of the car.
Dean: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to race. After the endurance season ended, I thought it was going to be another 10 months before I got to race a Supercar again so I’m pretty pumped. At this stage I’ll just be stepping in for the Phillip Island round but I’ll be available for Homebush if they need me again.”
This will reunite Dean with Erebus after he competed with them at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February this year.
Dean: “I’ve already worked with the team before so it will be familiar territory & I’ve also got a good relationship with several of the team members. Campbell [Little] & I go way back.”
And what about driving a pink Supercar?
Dean: “I think the car looks awesome. You certainly wont be able to miss me on the track. Wendy’s began in Adelaide & Adelaide is where I call home so it’s a pretty good fit. I’ll definitely be representing Adelaide this weekend.”
Since his endurance teammate, David Reynolds, made the announcement that he’s moving to Erebus in 2016, Dean has been inundated with questions about his future but he’s quick to put the chatter to rest.
Dean: “There’s been a lot of talk about where I’ll be next year but I’m part way through a multi year deal with Prodrive so there’s not a lot to talk about. I’m very appreciative that Prodrive are allowing me to help Erebus out this year. They know it’s a great opportunity & any extra race time I can get is a bonus. They’ve been very supportive.”
The WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint will take place on November 20th – 22nd with two 14 lap races on the Saturday & one 45 lap race on the Sunday