Aaren Russell and Plus Fitness have confirmed that they will terminate their contract with Erebus Motorsport forcing the team to find a replacement driver and car for Ipswich.
Plus Fitness says the key determining factor for them in sponsoring a Rookie Driver in a Low Ranking Team was to rely on-back of garage track activation.
The giant gym franchise have been restricted from doing this due to factors outside of their control and for reasons they believe are due to the relationship between AR Racing and Erebus Motorsport.
This has also impacted on their decision to withdraw.
This raises a few questions
Where does that leave Russell and his Ex Walkinshaw Commodore and what can Erebus do quickly to prevent a breach of it Supercar agreement.
Push one of its Merc's back into service and find someone to peddle it for now could be the answer.
Via Aaren's social media page.. Well the dreams over for now...
Im not going to get into the nitty gritty but I'm happy with everyone's decision. I have to thank Plus Fitness for everything they have done for me and will continuo to do for me. They have my back and I have theirs.
As for Erebus, I wish them all the best for the remainder of the year, unfortunately it didn't quite plan out the way we both expected, and our views differed from what we first agreed to but things have ended on a positive note. The mechanics are an amazing bunch of dedicated and skilled people, I can't thank them enough for their effort.
David Reynolds thanks for being an awesome team mate, you taught me lots, I've made an awesome mate, and I really hope good things come to you dude because you deserve it!
The dream may be over for now, but I'm not giving up, I am not a quitter, for all the doubters I have not got to the position I'm in because I can't drive a race car, and money is certainly not something at my disposal, I have worked my absolute bum out to get here, anyone who knows me understands the sacrifices we have made and when I have my best chance look out...
To all the supporters out there, thank you so much for your on going support and kind words, it's amazing to see how many people have rallied behind us this year even though it has been such a thought year on and off the track. We have 6 months to look at what we can do, I have some amazing people in my corner ( including my family) helping me make the right decisions .
We will not lye down, watch this space, I'm not giving up yet. Watch this space.
But for now, it's time to move home with my GF Dom and regroup.