Gallery: Reynolds reveals ‘dark horse’ livery for 2018
THE self-professed 'team of rejects' that made off with Supercars' biggest race has revealed a stunning livery for the 2018 season.
David Reynolds starts his third season with Betty Klimenko's Erebus Motorsport squad being touted as a dark horse title contender after the group's impressive 2017.
Along with their upset triumph at the Bathurst 1000 with co-driver Luke Youlden, Reynolds and the No. 9 Erebus Commodore were often taking the fight to the sport's big three teams, fighting for pole positions and podium finishes.
A third placing in the Newcastle 500 finale secured seventh in the drivers' championship for Reynolds, and the honour of the highest-placed car from a team other than Triple Eight, DJR Team Penske or Tickford.
"A lot of people counted us out in the beginning and didn't think we could make anything of it, but we just needed time to work it out," Klimenko said.
"I always believed in my team and what they could do, now everyone else can see that too. There's no reason we can't be up there and be considered one of the sports top dogs."
The new year sees more red and gold splashed on the satin black No.9, a brand new chassis carrying Holden's new ZB Commodore panels.
"The car is pretty black, so we can't get much darker," Reynolds said. "(Dark horse) is a cool tag to go into the year with."
"It looks mean, it looks fast, I'm really looking forward to getting out there. We're the small team with a lot of passion and fight in us.
"Honestly, it's better than I imagined and we have evolved so much as a team."