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Christian Klien Leads First Ever Erebus Motorsport Front Row Lockout
Posted by: newsla on Feb 28, 2013 - 06:35 AM
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Christian Klien Leads First Ever Erebus Motorsport Front Row Lockout

Former Formula 1 star, Christian Klien has led Erebus Motorsport’s first ever front row lockout, setting pole position from team-mate, Craig Baird for Saturday afternoon’s opening one hour Australian GT Championship, presented by Pirelli race at the Clipsal 500.


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Baird had dominated both practice sessions, however it was the 30-year-old Austrian that upstaged the Kiwi veteran with two minutes left remaining in the session.

The Austrian - who made his first of 49 Formula 1 starts in Melbourne - set his quickest time of 1:20.6942 on his 10th lap around the 3.22km Adelaide Parklands circuit, itself holding a famous history in the pinnacle of motor racing.

Baird admitted post-session that double waved yellows coming as a result of an incident involving another car hampered his quickest lap time, but was happy with the way in which he slotted into the AMG Customer Sports Gullwing for the very first time, quipping the only change he needed was a small seat adjustment.

The Erebus Motorsport pair wowed the 44,200-strong crowd - the biggest Thursday Clipsal 500 crowd since 2008. Baird - who is also racing in Carrera Cup this weekend - topped the timesheets in both practice sessions - practice one by 1.2 seconds, whilst Klien finished third and second respectively.

The pair held an advantage of almost one second in qualifying on defending Australian GT Champion, Klark Quinn.

With tomorrow being a rest day, they will line up for a one-hour twilight race at 5:30pm local time.

The historic first ever Erebus Motorsport front row lockout could not have come at a better time, with the debut tomorrow of the Erebus Motorsport AMG Customer Sports V8 Supercar program on the streets of Adelaide and the Erebus Motorsport V8 Ute piloted by Steven White ending practice 19th quickest on combined times.

The Erebus Motorsport AMG Customer Sports program now has two pole positions from two starts in 2013, with IRWIN Racing V8 Supercar pilot, Lee Holdsworth setting the quickest time at the recent Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.


CHRISTIAN KLIEN - #47 Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3 - Qualified 1st:

“It’s been a great day for me. I built my pace during practice to the point where I could really hammer it in qualifying. I felt comfortable in the car and went for it. I am pretty happy with the time and hope that from pole position, there will be a clean start and a clean race.

“I’m very happy with the track, I’ve been able to learn it quickly and become comfortable with the Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3.

“The team have put together a great car for me and we’ve been able to build pace accordingly.

“The track is a great challenge, it’s very tough and the weather is becoming quite warm. It’s a real honour to be racing here in Adelaide on this track so famous in Formula 1 history in a car as nice as the SLS AMG GT3 and with a team as good as Erebus Motorsport.

“To take pole on this historic circuit has been the icing on the cake.”

CRAIG BAIRD - #63 Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3 - Qualified 2nd:
“The car was absolutely mega,” said Baird. “I was going for a lap and made a small error at turn seven. I thought I had another lap up my sleeve, but the chequered flag was out when I came across the line.

“I couldn’t be happier that the only guy in front of me was Christian. It’s a pair of long races to come and I am content with the pace that we have on board this Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3.

“I’ve slotted in very well to the Erebus Motorsport team. The only change I’ve needed to make to the car is moving the seat a little to be honest!

“The team have welcomed me and made me feel comfortable behind the wheel from the outset. It truly is a professional outfit.

“The balance is perfect on the car and really looks great for tomorrow’s one hour race.

“It’s nice to get good results so early, but you don’t win any trophies today. I am here to give Betty a trophy for what she has put together within this team and what she’s doing for the sport in general and that remains the aim come the end of the weekend.”

-Founded in 2011
-Won 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour
-Finished 2nd in 2012 Bathurst 12 Hour and Australian GT Championship
-Brought AMG Customer Sports to the V8 Supercars Championship from 2013
-Awarded 2011’s AMG Customer Sports Program ‘Best Presented Car’
-In Greek mythology, Erebus (darkness) is the father of Light (Ether), the son of Chaos and the brother of Eros – the love God.


The SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing has captivated the motor racing public since its worldwide debut at the New York Motor Show in 2010.
The note that emanates from the 6.3 Litre AMG-tuned engine is unique in world motorsport.
More than just a pretty thing, the SLS AMG GT3 has racked up victories across the planet in its two years, including a back to back victory in the Dubai 24 Hour, the 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour and in 2012 won both the team and drivers’ Championship in the FIA GT1 World Championship.

2012 AMG Customer Sports season at a glance:
-48 cars, 28 race Series’, four continents
-FIA GT1 World Team and Driver Championship
-FIA GT3 European Championship
-Australian GT Team Championship and most wins
-ADAC GT Masters (Germany) Team and Driver Championship
-Super Taikyu (Japan) Team Championship
-Brazil GT Team and Driver Championship
-43 class victories
-109 podium positions
-27 pole positions
-1-2-3 Dubai 24 Hours


Length: 4.71m
Width: 1.99m
Height: 1.195m
Weight: 1355kg
Wheelbase: 2.68m
Front Track: 1.686m
Rear Track: 1.644m
Rear Wing width: 1.931m
Rear Wing height: 1.191m
Wheels: 18” AMG light alloy, central locking
Tyres: Michelin
Suspension: Double wishbone, aluminium construction
Brakes: 10-stage adjustable ABS
Doors: Mercedes-Benz SLS Gullwing Doors
Construction: Aluminium with Carbon Fiber exterior components

Performance:Engine: AMG 6.3 litre V8
Power: 563bhp/420kW @ 6800RPM
Torque: 650Nm/480lb:ft @ 4750RPM
Torque per Litre: 104.7Nm
Maximum Revs: 7200RPM
Top Speed: >300kph/>186mph
0-100kph: 3.7 seconds
Gearbox: 6-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel paddle shift
BOP (Balance of Performance): Category imposed parity restrictions

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