Former McLaren driver Mika Hakkinen will join Erebus Motorsport for the GT Asia event at Zhuhai in China next month (October 11-13) - the event coupling as a launchpad for the AMG Customer Sports programme into the Chinese market.

Hakkinen, who won the F1 title in 1998 and 1999, will race the Bathurst 12 Hour winning SLS AMG GT3 Gullwing, which has been shipped to China with its sister car for a two race campaign.

To add further significance to the historic event, AMG China has appointed a 17-year-old Hong Kong Chinese driver, Matthew Solomon, to share the Gullwing with Hakkinen in an 'apprentice role'.

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The second Erebus Motorsport SLS AMG GT3 will be driven by experienced AMG Customer Sports pilot, Lance David Arnold. The 27-year-old partnered Hakkinen in a Gullwing on his previous visit to Zhuhai in 2011.

Erebus Motorsport will be aiming to add to the 100-plus victories by the AMG Customer Sports programme since its inception in 2011.

The two event programme will also see Erebus Motorsport enter the support race to the 60th Macau Grand Prix in November.