The Erebus Mercedes E63 AMG of Lee Holdsworth that was involved in a massive accident at the Sandown 500 has been rebuilt ahead of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Holdsworth’s rebuilt car comes complete with a brand new livery that pays homage to the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz GT3 SLS Gullwing that won the 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour race.
The 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour win was the first for Erebus Motorsport after Betty Klimenko founded the team in 2011 to compete in the Australian GT Championship.
Holdsworth has praised the effort the team put in to get the car ready for next week’s Bathurst 1000.
“The team has done an amazing job to repair the car in time for Bathurst and I really love the look of the new livery,” said Holdsworth.
“It’s great that we are paying respect to the Erebus car that has won Bathurst previously, albeit in a different race and category, so let’s hope some of that good fortune rubs off on us next week at Bathurst.
“Sandown may not have gone to plan for us but there were some positive signs before the accident and Bairdo and myself are itching to get back in the car at Bathurst.”
Team Owner Betty Klimenko says the Bathurst tribute livery is a great way to celebrate Erebus Motorsport’s previous success at the mountain.
“Winning the Bathurst 12 Hour was such a significant milestone in the team’s short history and we think this is a great way to pay tribute to that achievement,” said Klimenko.
“Fittingly, that milestone occurred at the same period that we were preparing to launch the Erebus V8 Supercar team and we all have fond memories of that time.
“Bathurst is a spiritual place for Australian motor racing fans so hopefully some of the good vibes from the Bathurst 12 Hour winning livery rubs off on our team this year.”