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.
“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.