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Big Signings To Anchor Erebus At Bathurst 12-Hour
Posted by: newsla on Jan 17, 2014 - 07:29 AM
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Big Signings To Anchor Erebus At Bathurst 12-Hour


Two of the biggest names in motorsport have signed on to the Erebus Motorsport GT program for the forthcoming Bathurst 12 Hour; reigning champion and the world’s most successful GT endurance racer - Bernd Schneider - will lead car #1, whilst new Erebus Motorsport V8 recruit Will Davison will take the reigns of the #63 entry.

 

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“We are proud to have Bernd back to defend the title he took 12-months ago with Thomas Jaeger and Alexander Roloff,” Daniel Klimenko, Team Principal of Erebus Motorsport GT said. “In 2013 he was the most decorated GT3 driver in the world, with victories in Dubai, Bathurst, the Nurburgring [twice], Spa and Abu Dhabi to his name - all behind the wheel of an SLS AMG GT3. For him to agree without hesitation to join us gave us the chance to put together two incredible teams of drivers.”

“I’m pleased to be invited to come back to Australia again and contest the 12-Hour race with Erebus Motorsport GT and AMG Customer Sports,” Schneider admitted.

“It is one of the world’s most iconic circuits, a circuit that really rewards the driver. We achieved something really special in 2013, especially as it was the first time for Erebus Motorsport and the first win for AMG Customer Sports at Bathurst. We hope to be able to repeat the performance, although the entry list includes some more very successful international teams this year, so it will be no easy task, but it’s clear from their ongoing successes last year that the Erebus team are up to the challenge.”

Whilst Schneider comes into the event as the reigning champion, and a driver who has enjoyed the benefit of laps around Mount Panorama in the all-conquering SLS AMG GT3, new Erebus recruit Will Davison has not, but the 2009 Bathurst 1000 winner is no slouch around the mountain, and can take comfort in the pace set by fellow Erebus rookies Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth 12-months ago.

“They were both seriously fast in the SLS,” Davison acknowledged. “Yes, it’s a markedly different beast to the Erebus Motorsport V8 Supercar, but the key to being quick at Bathurst is experience, and fortunately I’ve done a few laps around there..

“Honestly, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the GT3-spec car. I love my sport, so the chance to drive a purpose built thoroughbred like the SLS - a car which dominated in every major event last year - was too good an opportunity to pass up.

“Like anything, it will present a different set of challenges, but based on the pace of the car last year, and the success the Erebus team enjoyed during both the Australian GT Championship and GT Asia last year, there’s no reason why we can’t be challenging for back-to-back victories this year..”

“We put Will into the car for a number of reasons,” Barry Ryan, Erebus Motorsport’s General Manager of Motorsport explained. “It gives us the perfect opportunity to work with him prior to the V8 Supercar season opener at Clipsal, and it also gives the team the perfect opportunity to pair him with his V8 engineer Luke Mason who will also come along and work with us at the 12-Hour.”

Despite having revealed the names of the team’s two ‘team leaders’, Ryan was a little more tight lipped about the two drivers who will join each of them in just under four weeks time.

“We’re keen to ensure each team has the best chance at winning, so we want to place our drivers accordingly based on their strengths - all will be revealed shortly,” he confirmed.

Whilst he failed to let slip any of the details as to who was driving where, he did confirm that the two cars that ran so strongly in 2013 would be back in action this year.

“We’re proud to be able to wear the coveted #1 this year, on the same car that won the 12-Hour in 2013,” Ryan confirmed, “whilst the #63 car will be the car that Lee Holdsworth took to pole position.

“The team have been working feverishly since Macau last November to return the cars to their original condition. There has been little change to the performance parity with respect to the GT3 specification under which we run at Bathurst, and if the Dubai 24-Hour this last weekend was any indication, the SLS is still the benchmark.

“We know that 12-Hours around Bathurst against such strong competition will be no easy task, but we have the best car, the best drivers and this team has a full 12-months of experience with the cars under their belts, so there really is no reason why we won’t be in the mix come the eleventh hour on February 9..”

Opening practice for the 2014 Bathurst 12-Hour will get underway at 8:55am on Friday, February 7.

Keep up to date with further announcements from Erebus Motorsport GT as details of the driver-lineup for the 12-Hour are revealed by visiting www.erebusmotorsportgt.com

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Bernd Schneider
• 5x time DTM Champion (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006)
• FIA GT Champion (1997)
• Former Formula 1 driver (1988-1990)
• First German World Karting Champion (1980)
• Dubai 24 Hour winner (2013)
• Bathurst 12-Hour winner (2013)
• 24 Hours of Nürburgring winner (2013)
• 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps winner (2013)
• 1000km Nürburgring Blancpain Series winner (2013)
• 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi winner (2013)
• Winner of final round, 2012 Australian GT Championship (Erebus Motorsport GT)
Will Davison
• Third in V8 Supercar Championship (2013)
• 16 race victories in the V8 Supercar Championship Series
• Bathurst 1000 winner (2009)
• Winner, Barry Sheene Medal (2009)
• Second in V8 Supercar Championship (2009)
• Sixth in A1GP series at Eastern Creek (2005)
• Tested for Minardi Formula 1 Team at Misano (2004)
• Round winner, British Formula 3 Championship (2003)
• Fourth in UK Formula Renault Championship (2002)
• Australian Formula Ford Champion (2001)
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About Erebus Motorsport;
• Founded in 2011.
• Won 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour.
• Won six races in the 2013 Australian GT Championship.
• Won on debut with Mika Hakkinen in the 2013 GT Asia Series at Zhuhai (China).
• 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 Erebus Motorsport GT team enjoy combined support from MotorActive, Actros Trucks, Snap-On, BLK, Michelin, Kings Apparel and Wrap My Ride.

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AMG Customer Sports 2013 season;
• 38 overall victories (8 to Erebus Motorsport)
• Eight victories in endurance races
• 31 class victories (8 to Erebus Motorsport)
• 82 podium positions (9 to Erebus Motorsport)
• 217 Top Ten positions
• 27 Pole Positions (6 to Erebus Motorsport)
• 14 fastest laps
• 170 starts

SLS AMG GT3 2013 Feature wins;
• 24 Hours of Dubai (January 2013) - Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon
(Al Quibaisi/Schneider/Bleekemolen/Edwards)

• Bathurst 12-Hour (February 2013) - Erebus Motorsport
(Schneider/Jaeger/Roloff)

• 24 Hours of Nürburgring (May 2013) - Black Falcon
(Schneider/Thiim/Bleekemolen/Edwards)

• 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps - (July 2013) - HTP Motorsport
(Schneider/Buhk/Gotz )

• 1000km Nürburgring Blancpain Series (September 2013) - HTP Motorsport
(Schneider/Buhk/Gotz )

• 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi (December 2013) - Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon
(Al Quibaisi/Schneider/Bleekemolen)

SLS AMG GT3 Specifications
Length: 4710mm
Width: 1990mm
Height: 1195mm
Weight: 1355kg
Wheelbase: 2680mm
Front Track: 1686mm
Rear Track: 1644mm
Rear Wing width: 1931mm
Rear Wing height: 1191mm
Wheels: 18” AMG light alloy, central locking
Tyres: Michelin
Suspension: Double wishbone, aluminium construction
Brakes: 10-stage adjustable ABS
Doors: SLS Gullwing Doors
Construction: Aluminium with carbon-fibre exterior components

Performance:
Engine: AMG 6.3-litre V8
Power: 563bhp/420kW@6800rpm
Torque: 650Nm/480lb:ft@4750rpm
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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2014 Bathurst Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour
Timetable;

Friday, February 7
Practice #1 (Class A-B): 8:55am (1-Hour)
Practice #2 (All Classes): 1:05pm (1-Hour)
Practice #3 (All Classes): 4:15pm (1-Hour)

Saturday, February 8
Qualifying #1 (All Classes): 9:00am (1-Hour)
Qualifying #2 (All Classes): 1:30pm (40-minutes)
Qualifying #3 (Class A): 2:20pm (15-minutes)

Sunday, February 9
Bathurst 12-Hour: 6:15am (12-Hours)

Event coverage;
Details of the live-streaming and event television coverage will be released once they come to hand, but will include;

• live webcast of the event (including commentary from Radio Le Mans)
• FM coverage at the event (87.8FM)
• post-produced coverage of the event on SBS with replays on SPEED TV (Foxtel)

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