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Craig Baird Keeps SLS AMG GT3 Win Streak Alive
Posted by: newsla on Mar 02, 2013 - 06:54 AM
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Craig Baird Keeps SLS AMG GT3 Win Streak Alive


Craig Baird has continued the good run for Erebus Motorsport GT in 2013 at the Clipsal 500, winning the Safety Car punctuated opening one hour Australian GT Championship, presented by Pirelli race on the streets of Adelaide.

 

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Baird got the best of the start in his Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3, leaping team-mate Christian Klien off the line. Klien dropped back to third behind Klark Quinn on the opening lap.

Whilst Baird worked to build an advantage at the front, the battle between Quinn and Klien was intensifying. He was suffering from some understeer, but was soon on the tail of Quinn.

Erebus Motorsport pitted Klien at the opening of the Compulsory Pitstop Window to get him some clear air.

With 25 minutes remaining, a Safety Car was triggered when an accident happened exiting turn one. Baird was pitted immediately, however this also led to the demise of Klien.

Baird was waved around the Safety Car which led him to having a full lap on the field. Klien was shuffled back to fifth in the kerfuffle.

The Austrian former Formula 1 pilot chased hard to try and advance into fourth in the dying stages of the race, but was unable to do so.

The first race win adds to Baird's pair of Carrera Cup wins so far this weekend.

The Australian GT Championship presented by Pirelli continues tomorrow with a single half hour race.

FROM BENEATH THE GULLWING:

Craig Baird - #63 Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3:

"It was a good race, the car has been good all weekend and I got a good start. I had to build some time for the pitstop, so I just put my head down to do that.

"It was a really good result, I was a little bit disappointed with qualifying so had to make amends.

"The SLS AMG GT3 has been prepared perfectly by the Erebus Motorsport team, which makes my job very easy."

CHRISTIAN KLIEN - #47 Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3:

"I lost the first position to Craig, starting out on the outside is a definite disadvantage.

"There was plenty of understeer in the car compared to yesterday and I dropped behind the Porsche.

"Once comfortable with how the car was handling, I pushed hard and was being held up by Klark, so the team pitted me as soon as they could.

"When the Safety Car came out, it became a total mess. I don't know what happened but I feel as though Race Control didn't do me any favours.

"But tomorrow we'll start fifth and get into it, the car is fast, the pace is good and we hope to come home with a good result."

ABOUT EREBUS MOTORSPORT:

-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.

AMG CUSTOMER SPORTS SLS AMG GT3 GULLWING:

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

SLS AMG GT3 SPECIFICATIONS:

Car: SLS AMG GT3
Physical:
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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