Mercedes names Auer replacement for Bathurst 12 Hour

Lucas Auer. Picture: Lucas Auer Facebook

Lucas Auer. Picture: Lucas Auer Facebook

Mercedes-AMG has named its replacement for Lucas Auer at the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour after he suffered back injuries in a practice crash at Daytona.

Auer was slated to drive the factory-supported Mercedes-AMG Craft-Bamboo Racing entry in the Pro class but an incident during opening practice for Round 1 of the IMSA SportsCar Championship left him with “significant fractured lumbar injuries”.

The Austrian’s berth in the #77 entry at Mount Panorama will be taken by Philip Ellis.

“Philip Ellis will replace Lucas Auer in the #77 Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo for the Bathurst 12 Hour, starting February 3,” read a tweet from Mercedes-AMG Motorsport’s official Twitter account.

“We continue to wish Luggi a fast recovery!”

Philip Ellis. Picture: Philip Ellis Facebook

Philip Ellis. Picture: Philip Ellis Facebook

Ellis will join a trio comprised also of Daniel Juncadella and Nicky Catsburg in one of four cars bearing a Three-Pointed Star in what is an eight-strong Pro class.

Based on Mercedes-AMG’s announcement, that #77 Craft-Bamboo entry, the #75 SunEnergy1 entry, the #999 GruppeM entry, and, from the Pro-Am class, the #24 Makita Volante Rosso Motorsport entry, are registered to score manufacturer points towards the Intercontinental GT Challenge, of which Bathurst is Round 1.

Practice at Mount Panorama starts this Friday.

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