Griffith AMG adds Erebus supercar duo

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Mark Griffith has brought in two racing driver friends to join him in an exciting LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour campaign this year.

Those two drivers happen to be current Erebus Motorsport Supercars stars, full-time Will Brown and his Bathurst 1000 co-driver, Jack Perkins.

The trio will lead Griffith’s Daimler Trucks Australia-backed Mercedes AMG GT3 this year in what has become another strong contender in the Pro-Am class ranks.

All three riders have a long racing history with Griffith supporting both Brown and Perkins throughout their racing careers.

In turn, the two riders have at one time or another raced together in endurance races with Griffith, with the trio forging a unique partnership over many years of racing together.

2022 will mark Griffith’s eighth 12-hour start, on a variety of machines.

Focused on the Mercedes-AMG product lately, Griffith teamed up with Dirk Muller and Harrison Newey to finish second in the GT4 class in 2020, the last year the 12 Hours was held.

He had finished 13th the previous year with Yelmer Buurman and Christina Nielson in his Mercedes AMG GT3. He had previously entered the race twice with Ginetta GT4 machines and once with a MARC Cars Australia car.

Brown started the 12 Hours with MARC Cars Australia in 2017 and 2018, winning the Invitational class with Keith Kassulke and Rod Salmon on his second start driving a MARC II V8 entry.

2022 will represent Jack Perkins’ first 12-hour start in GT3.

Mark Griffith: “It’s going to be a lot of fun with two guys I’ve known for a long time,” Griffith said.

“Jack raced the Ginettas with me back in the day, and Will drove just about everything from the slowest car to the fastest.

“He raced in my production cars and even drove my daughter’s Toyota Yaris in endurance races.

“Having them both in the Mercedes will be a lot of fun.

“I kinda helped those two guys and backed them up with songs over the years, but they also helped me.

“It’s a chance to repay what they did with me and give them a shot at the 12 hours in a good car.”

Will Brown: “It’s great to join Griffo and Jack for the 12 Hours of Bathurst. I always wanted to do this race in a pure car.

“Griffo and I have raced everything from the slowest car possible and now we are racing it in the fastest.

“I’ve done the 12 hours in the MARC cars and had a great time with them. As you progress and get more experience you want to do it in the fastest and fastest cars. This is the Mercedes-AMG GT3. I’m pumped.

“It’s great to do it with Jack too. The more laps we do together the better and it’s a lot of fun to drive together. Griffo supported Jack’s career as well as mine, so it fits perfectly.

Jack Perkins: “I’m really excited to come back to Bathurst and the 12 Hours. I raced when it was a production car race, but I was looking forward to getting there in a GT3 car.

“When Griffo called and asked if I was interested, it was an easy decision.

“Mark and his wife, Sandy, have been supporting motorsport for so long, and supporting my career.

“We raced together for a long time, in a Ginetta in 2013 and in the Highlands 101 in his AMG GT3 in 2016. He’s a great guy and I can’t wait to get out there and get stuck in there with him and Will next week.

“I’ve always watched racing and being in a Mercedes AMG around Bathurst will be cool.

“Driving with Will again is great. We had a great time racing together last October and the more seat time we share can only help for October this year with Erebus, that’s so another plus point.

“If we focus on the good job and focus on the car early and focus on the end of the race, I think we can have a really nice weekend and get a good result.”

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