Aaren Russell will make the step up to the V8 Supercars championship in 2016 after signing with Erebus Motorsport.
Russell will join David Reynolds at Erebus, bringing long-term backers Plus Fitness and Go Karts Go to support his campaign.
The 24-year-old has been competing in the second-tier Dunlop Series for family team Novocastrian Motorsport since 2010 and made his debut last year in the Bathurst 1000 with brother Drew, finishing 17th in the privateer wildcard entry.
“This is an amazing opportunity, it still feels surreal,” said Russell.
“It really makes all of the hard work and sacrifices we have made as a family over the years worthwhile.
“It will be a year of learning for me. Racing at the Bathurst 1000 last year was an eye opening experience.
“I can’t thank Plus Fitness and Tony Klein from the Dragon Corporation enough for their loyalty and continued support.”
Erebus Motorsport team owner, Betty Klimenko, is looking forward to working with Russell and his family.
“Having Aaren join us this year will be fantastic,” said Klimenko.
“He comes from a family-based motorsport business and it’s wonderful to see his whole family involved.
“Supercars is about family, fun, and of course, racing to win!
“We look forward to helping Aaren achieve his goals.”