Erebus Motorsport will roll out the heavy artillery for the upcoming Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour (February 8-10) headlined by five times DTM Champion, Bernd Schneider, FIA GT1 World Team Champion, Thomas Jäger and V8 Supercar stars, Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth.
Fresh from taking victory in the Dubai 24 Hour earlier this month, it will be Schneider’s first competitive visit to Mount Panorama. He was previously at the Mountain for a private AMG event in 2008 and dominated the 2012 Australian GT Championship finale at Homebush in December.
"I enter the event with some momentum after winning the Dubai 24 Hour with Black Falcon and before that the win for Erebus in Sydney.”
Schneider is joined in the #36 Gullwing by FIA GT1 World Team Champion Thomas Jäger, who showed every inch why he is a current World Champion with his stunning charge from the rear of grid at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 in October.
“After winning in Dubai last year, the SLS AMG GT3 finished second at Bathurst. Now that the race in Dubai has been won again, we are happy to support Erebus Motorsport in ending the dominance of recent years. We will be giving it our best shot,” said Jäger.
Throughout 2012, Roloff took two victories for the ROWE RACING AMG Customer Sports team in the VLN Series on the Nurburgring Nordschleife and backed that up with a second and third placing.
In the Australian #63 machine, the lineup is no less impressive. It will be spearheaded by Erebus Motorsport V8 Supercar drivers - Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth, Slade having his first taste of the famed Gullwing at last year’s Bathurst 12 Hour.
Slotting in with the V8 Supercar guns will be Peter Hackett - who finished second in 2012’s Australian GT Championship. Not only does he have plenty of experience as a pilot of the Gullwing, but also with the entire AMG range in his role as a driver trainer with the Mercedes-Benz Driver Academy.
With another manufacturer having won the last two Bathurst 12 Hour races, Erebus Motorsport has been strategising how it can go one better in this year’s event.
“Erebus Motorsport has been focused on this event since leaving in February,” explained CEO, Ryan Maddison. “To come so close last year was a stinging blow.
With Erebus Motorsport’s expanded relationship with Germany over the last year, the team at AMG Customer Sports has supported us to achieve the maximum.
Add to those Alexander Roloff and Peter Hackett - both of whom are right up there with the most experienced SLS AMG GT3 drivers in the world.
“Australian race fans will have a real treat in seeing someone like Bernd Schneider operate on Mount Panorama - which, being a European style track, is his natural habitat aboard the car that he and Thomas effectively built from scratch on AMG Customer Sports’ behalf.”
Erebus Motorsport will carry support for its Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour effort from its tyre technical partner, Michelin along with Snap-On Tools, King's Apparel and KOOGA.
It will be a full Australian crew manning both cars with assistance coming from AMG Customer Sports.
The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is quickly becoming recognised as one of the premier endurance races around the world with many of the leading marques in international sportscar racing increasing their involvement.
The 2013 race will begin at 7am and run right through to 7pm.