Christian Klien will be spending more time in Australia in 2013

Former Grand Prix driver Christian Klien looks to set to be spending more time racing in Australia after the Austrian secured himself a GT3 race seat with Erebus Motorsport at next weekend’s Clipsal 500, which will be the second round of the Australian GT Championship.

The 30-year-old will join Craig Baird in a brand-new line-up and will pilot one of Erebus’ almighty Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 entries around the Adelaide street circuit.

Klien had a test outing with the Erebus GT team at Phillip Island as part of his build-up to the Bathurst 12 Hours, and he had been linked with the then-vacant seat at Erebus Motorsport’s V8 Supercars team, which was ultimately given to DTM racer Maro Engel.

Klien will pilot one of Erebus' ultra-quick SLS AMG GT3 racersDespite missing out on the full-time V8 drive, the former Jaguar, Red Bull Racing and HRTF1 racer will be realising a boyhood dream to race on a former Grand Prix circuit.

“When I was growing up, I remember watching the Adelaide Grand Prix on television and it was a very challenging track, it has a lot of history in the sport with many of the great drivers having raced there,” he said.

“Watching Grands Prix when I was growing up inspired me to become a racing car driver and I was fortunate enough to race at the absolute highest level.

“Last year, I saw the Clipsal 500 first hand as a spectator and it is one of the best races I have been to anywhere in the world. It has great atmosphere, lots of spectators and everyone is having a good time.”

A solid performance for Erebus’ GT team could put him in prime position to land one of the team’s co-driver seats at the V8 Supercars’ three endurance events at Sandown Bathurst and the Gold Coast.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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