Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen will join Erebus Motorsport for the GT Asia event at Zhuhai in China (Oct. 11-13), an event which will serve as a launch for the AMG Customer Sports program into the Chinese market.
Hakkinen will race the Bathurst 12 Hours-winning SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing, which has been shipped to China with its sister car for a two-race campaign. AMG China has appointed a 17-year-old Hong Kong Chinese driver, Matthew Solomon, to share the Gullwing with Hakkinen in an apprentice role.
Erebus Motorsport’s series of firsts include having the first Gullwing delivered outside Europe, the first team 1-2 finish for AMG Customer Sports and added victory in the Bathurst 12 Hours to the 2013 Endurance Classics Grand Slam wins by the SLS AMG GT3 (Bathurst, the Dubai 24 Hours, the Nurburgring 24 Hours and the Spa 24 Hours, each with Bernd Schneider behind the wheel).
The second Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3 will be driven by experienced AMG racer Lance David Arnold. The 27-year-old partnered Hakkinen in a Gullwing on his previous visit to Zhuhai in 2011.