Championship podium for Hackett and Storey

Championship podium for Hackett and Storey

The Eggleston Motorsport team mixed things up today starting Peter Hackett in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3. Dominic Storey did an incredible job to keep up with Miedeke and Antunes in the mildly comical Le Mans Start, with Hackett emerging from the pits in 3rd position.

 

After jostling for position with the other Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Craig Baird, Hackett was nudged into the tyre wall early on. In an astonishing display of skill Hackett kept control of the car and the race picking off the leaders lap by lap to emerge in front.

 

Showing the form which has made him one of the greatest GT drivers in Australian history Hackett lead the field for the majority of his 46 laps leaving the car with Storey in 1st position.

 

After a long compulsory pit stop, Dom charged through the field from 12th position.

 

The #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3  finished the Highlands 101 in 5th position after a late altercation with the Antunes Audi. After a year of incredible highs and devastating lows the Hackett/Storey combination emerged with enough championship points to place them second in the 2016 CAMS Australian GT Endurance Championship behind Grant Denyer and Nathan Morcomb.

 

“This was my first year back racing in a brand new AMG and the first year Dom and I have paired as a team, I am blown away that we have been able to achieve so much” said Hackett.

 

"The field was seriously fast today, I’m glad we stayed out of trouble, between Bairdo [Craig Baird] and us I’m pretty sure we demonstrated what the AMG-GT3 is capable of” he said. 

 

 

To stay up to date please visit www.peterhackett.com

 

Hackett on track at Highlands

Hackett on track at Highlands

The CAMS Australian GT Endurance Championship will be decided this weekend at the fourth annual Highlands 101 in picturesque Central Otago, New Zealand.

 

The eventful season will conclude with a Le Mans start to the 101 lap race on Sunday in what is expected to be a nail-biting finish around the 4.1km circuit.

 

After an unfortunate end to the Hampton Downs 101 two weeks ago in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Hackett is confident the car can get the job done. “ We were just unlucky at Hampton Downs” he said, “ The car was well clear of the field and on track to win. We know we have what it takes, it’s just a matter of everything coming together at the right time”.

 

Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey were amongst the best times in Friday’s practice session at world-class track. “This venue is pretty special,” said Peter “ It’s reminiscent of some of the best race tracks in Europe, we’ are very lucky to have such a great venue so close to home”.

 

 After a short practice session in breezy and overcast conditions Peter was pleased with the team’s progress “This is my first time competing here so today was just about learning the quirks of the track and getting a feel for the car. We’ve settled in well and hopefully the #63 can show that epic Hampton Downs speed again this weekend.”

 

Practice 2 and 3 will take place on Saturday in what is expected to be cold and possibly wet track conditions before qualifying and 101 laps of world-class endurance racing on Sunday.

 

Highlands Motorsport Park is featuring a vast array of world-class entertainment over the weekend both on and off the track, including hot laps in the $4.3m Aston Martin Vulcan, a Jurassic Park style playground and the renowned Highlands Motorsport Museum.

 

Hackett and Storey are currently 4th in the Australian GT Endurance Championship.

 

For more information about Peter Hackett, please visit www.peterhackett.com.

Hackett Shows Form in Dramatic Hampton Downs 101

Hackett Shows Form in Dramatic Hampton Downs 101

The Hampton Downs 101 began in familiar fashion with Dominic Storey hitting the rolling start from 6th position in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 giving fellow Kiwi Greg Murphy a nudge in the process. Storey receiving a 5 second penalty for the minor incident but was unfazed producing a strong sector and moving the team into 3rd. 

 

Following their well-rehersed game plan Peter Hackett took the middle stint on worn tyres with a clear aim to maintain position and stay out of trouble. Showing the ability that has lead to him being one of the most successful AGT drivers in history, Hackett chipped away at the all-star field moving the car into 1st where he remained.

 

Unfortunately a team mix up meant the car was released from the pits early following the compulsory driver change on lap 67. Storey forced to complete an extra stop (2 min 10 seconds plus pit lane transit time), putting the team just under 3 minutes behind the field.

 

Storey showed immense focus and determination to climb his way back into 7th place claiming a lap record of 1:30:014 in the process.

 

“It’s just one of those things, the race was ours. There’s no doubt it’s disappointing,” said Peter, “Dom and I take so many positives from this weekend. We’re seriously fast and we’ve shown that. It’s just a matter of getting everything going our way at the same time, I’m hopeful we’ll get that chance at Highlands in two weeks time.”

 

The closing laps of the race were action packed with a number of cars retiring from minor incidents and safety cars galore as the pressure mounted.

 

The pole-sitting Lago/ Russell Lamborghini took the 101 lap race from the Martin/ Padayachee Porsche and the McLaren of Morcom/Denyer who were later penalized and finished 5th being replaced by the Tander/Bilski Audi in 3rd.

 

The Eggleston Motorsport team has been the first AMG home every round and this was no different; finishing in 7th place in a time of 2:48:27 to take home another 90 championship points.

  

“We finally found the ‘long stint’ pace today which was lacking at Eastern Creek “ Peter said "This has been such a fantastic experience, the venue is incredible, the event is world class and it’s only going to get bigger.”

 

“Massive thanks to all the supporters who turned out (and tuned in) to watch, it was an amazing feeling having so many fans cheering us on. “

 

The final round of the CAMS Australian GT Championship Endurance Series is at Highlands Motorsport Park, New Zealand on November 11-13.

 

To stay up to date please visit www.peterhackett.com

 

Qualifying Report: Round 3

Qualifying Report: Round 3

Eggleston Motorsport enjoyed a strong showing in both 25 minute outings Hackett with an impressive second in Q1, while Storey was fourth in Q2. The combined qualifying times deciding the reverse starting order for the Top 10 Shootout on Saturday afternoon.

Q1 – Hackett- P2  - Lap Time 1:31.553

Overcast conditions in the first session weren’t conducive for quick times, but Hackett made the most of it in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 leading the field for most of the session.

Tekno Autosports McLaren driver Grant Denyer set the initial pace before he was eclipsed by Hackett and then Roger Lago in the Lago Racing Lamborghini.

Lago’s stay at the top was short-lived as Padayachee hooked up a 1:31.6s to surge back to the top.

The session developed into a battle between Padayachee and Hackett as the pair swapped times at the top of the stats.

Hackett responded shaving a tenth off the benchmark before Padayachee leapt into the 1:30.8s bracket.

Hackett was in good spirits after the P2 finish "It’s nice when things just click, everything came together in this session and the car was really competitive. I know Dom will give it everything this afternoon and hopefully we’ll be starting near the front tomorrow.”

Q2 – Storey- P4 - Lap Time 1.30.359

As the track heated up under the surprisingly stinging Hampton Downs sun the times quickly fell. The second session proved to be a frantic affair with a number of cars spinning out.

Like the first qualifying session, no one could set a time quicker late in the running. Mies held on for the top spot, ahead of Miedecke, Russell, Storey, Nathan Antunes, Steven Richards, Tony D’Alberto, Greg Murphy, Michael Caruso, and Garth Tander.  

Hackett and Storey’s combined time of a 1:30.956 just two tenths off the leading time set by Padayachee and Martin.

Top 10 Shootout- Storey- Lap Time 1.31.613 

Storey started second-to-last out for the Top 10 shootout and gave the car a solid run. Greg Murphy produced a clean performance in the Tony Quinn-owned Aston Martin Vantage to claim fifth ahead of fellow Kiwi Storey.

 

The team will start 6th on the grid for tomorrow’s Hampton Downs 101.

 

Hackett and Storey on pace for the Hampton Downs 101

Hackett and Storey on pace for the Hampton Downs 101

The Australian GT Endurance Championship will headline the Hampton Downs 101, a major international motor sport event and the official re-opening of the Hampton Downs track after a $30m upgrade.

After a solid finish at Sydney Motorsport Park the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 is back in action across the ditch and ready for the Hampton Downs 101.

Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey lead the times in Thursday’s practice session at the newly extended track.  “This venue is spectacular,” said Peter “Tony Quinn has done a brilliant job getting the track just right and it’s perfectly suited to the Mercedes-AMG GT3”.

Despite this being Hackett’s first time racing at the Hampton Downs track he quickly settled in to clock some impressive times; the Eggleston Motorsport team leading the field. “Full credit to our team for getting the car to where it is, they did a lot of work after Sydney and it certainly shows”.

The second practice session started in perfect New Zealand conditions today and continued to show the pair’s form. “The car feels great and it’ll only get better over the weekend. This is Dom’s home track and you can tell, he looks really comfortable out there and it's translating to his times”.

There will be a Top 10 shootout on Saturday and support categories include Central Muscle Cars, GTRNZ, Aussie Racing Cars and drift superstar Mad Mike Whiddet.

On Saturday the Top 10 Shootout will be televised on TV3 in New Zealand, The Hampton Downs 101 will be broadcast live on Sunday on TV3 in New Zealand and on Fox Sports (Channel 505) in Australia. Both will be shown live online for those outside of Australia and New Zealand via www.speedcafe.com

After Round 2 Hackett and Storey are currently placed fourth overall in the Championship.

The final round of the Championship will be held at Highlands Motorsport Park in two weeks time. For more information about Peter Hackett, please visit www.peterhackett.com.

 

Solid finish for Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey at Eastern Creek

Solid finish for Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey at Eastern Creek

Dominic Storey hit the rolling start from 6th position in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 after an extra warm-up lap due to the near-freezing early morning track conditions.

The team opted to follow the game plan which had been so successful at Phillip Island and handed the car over to Peter on lap 21 in 3rd. After a rapid refuel the number 63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 rejoined in 6th.

After an action packed 46 laps and with steel brakes smoking, Peter arrived back to the pits on lap 67 and after excellent double stint Dominic rejoined with four new tyres and a full tank of fuel (after pit stop correction) in 6th position.

The closing laps of the race were increasingly exciting with a number of cars retiring from minor incidents as the pressure mounted.

The first AMG home again finishing in 6th place with another 88 championship points the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 has shown both speed and reliability and is a serious contender for the 2016 Australian GT Endurance Championship.

“It was a solid weekend of racing for Dom and I. We grabbed a good bag of points toward the Endurance Championship. We didn’t quite have the ‘long stint’ pace today but I saw really positive signs in the single lap pace which will benefit us heading into New Zealand.” Peter said.

"I’m impressed to see we had another Australian GT Endurance race safety car free! Congratulations to George and Andrew Miedecke on their brilliant win and to Nathan Antunes and Jake Fouracre on such a great race."

"Huge thanks to our families, friends and sponsors who made the trip out to Eastern Creek today,  it's a really nice feeling knowing we have that level of support".

The next round of the Australian GT Championship Endurance Series is at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, New Zealand on October 28-30.

To stay up to date please visit www.peterhackett.com

 

Qualifying Report Australian GT Endurance Championship Round 2

Qualifying Report Australian GT Endurance Championship Round 2

After some impressive times in practice this morning Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey powered through two twenty minute qualifying sessions, the best lap from both determining the starting position for the 101 lap race on Saturday morning.

Q1 - Position 2  - Lap Time 1.27:2

Dominic Storey started Q1 in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and in perfect conditions was very quickly able to get into the 1:27's. 

Peter was extremely happy with the session " What a great effort, for his first time on the track Dom showed incredible speed to get the car to P2 after qualifying.”

Q2 - Position 17 - Lap Time 1.29.6

After a short rain shower Peter was straight into the car was able to focus and get down to the task with the long game at the forefront of his mind.

"There is no doubt the car is quick, I struggled with the set-up and we worked hard to ensure we have a strong car for what will be a trying race tomorrow" said Peter.

101 lap Endurance race starting position –4

Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey ready to take on Sydney

Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey ready to take on Sydney

After a phenomenal podium finish at Phillip Island the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be back in action in the very capable hands of Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey this weekend.
Alongside the highly regarded Eggleston Motorsport team Peter is hopeful of emulating their Round 1 success “Dom and I couldn’t have asked for better preparation leading in to this round. The car is fantastic, we’re working really well as a team and we’re really hopeful of building on the great result from Phillip Island”.
After Round 1 Peter and Dominic are placed third overall in the Championship.
Round 2 of Australian GT Endurance Championship will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek over the 26th and 27th of August, with practice and qualifying on Friday followed by 101 laps of world class endurance racing on Saturday morning.
If you are unable to make it to Eastern Creek, the event will be broadcast live on Foxtel.
For more information about Peter Hackett, please visit www.peterhackett.com.

Podium finish for Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey at Phillip Island

Podium finish for Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey at Phillip Island

Dominic Storey started in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in position 15 and after an excellent drive he hands over to Peter on lap 21 in 6th. After a rapid refuel the number 63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 rejoins in 19th.

After an action packed 46 laps, Peter comes back to the pits on lap 67 and hands the car over to Dominic in 3rd, after an excellent double stint including several laps of fuel saving. Dominic rejoined with four new tyres and a full tank of fuel in 8th.

The closing laps of the race were increasingly exciting with Shane Van Gisbergen closing and eventually passing Dominic for second. The two New Zealand born drivers swapping fastest lap times and sectors right until the chequered flag. 

Finishing a season best, the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 has shown its pace and is sure to be a star of the 2016 Australian GT Championship.

"I couldn't be happier, the car and everybody attached to it performed without fault. Dom drove like a champion and the car was incredibly consistent; tyre life, fuel economy and reliability from the AMG-GT3 along with a great team effort are what created this result. We're very excited about the rest of the season." said an elated Peter. 

 

The next round of the Australian GT Championship Endurance Series is at Sydney Motorsports Park on August 26-28.

 

To stay up to date please visit www.peterhackett.com

 

Qualifying Report Australian GT Championship Endurance round at Phillip Island

Qualifying Report Australian GT Championship Endurance round at Phillip Island

Race day started with two twenty minute qualifying sessions, the best lap from both determining the starting position for the 101 lap race later in the day.

 

Q1 - Position 2 - Lap Time 1.27:793

 

Dominic Storey started Q1 in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and after a slow start due to a red flag early in the session was very quickly able to get into the 1:27's. 

Peter was extremely happy with the session "The car was absolutely faultless and we were finally able to show the  true pace that we know is possible from the car".

 

Q2 - Position 23 - Lap Time 1.29.499

 

Peter was straight into the car and after a small issue in pit lane was able to focus and get down to the job at hand.

"After the fantastic effort from Dominic in the first session, we were able to focus on doing a longer race style run and settle into what is likely to be race pace. It was a very busy session with the likes of Van Gisbergen, Tander and other V8 series regulars setting some extremely fast times. We are really happy with the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3, and can't wait for the race this afternoon" said Peter.

 

101 lap Endurance race starting position -15

Preservation the order of the day for Peter Hackett and team

Preservation the order of the day for Peter Hackett and team

 

It was a rainy and cold day for the Sprint rounds at the Phillip Island Australian GT Championship today. The Eggleston Motorsport team had managed a qualifying position of 15th on Friday after being caught out by red flags and held up in traffic while the track dried.

"It was a real shame, both Dominic and myself had been lapping to put us in position 3 or 4, but that's racing!" said Peter.

The team is only entered in the Endurance Championship component of the 2016 Australian GT Championship so were only competing at this Sprint round as it's a home round for the team.

 

Sprint Race One

Peter started the car from position 15 and immediately was put to work avoiding the mayhem around him as cars and drivers struggled for grip in changing Phillip Island conditions. Peter handed the car over to co driver Dominic Storey in immaculate condition and Dominic did a fantastic job of bringing the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 home in 12th place and one piece.

 

Sprint Race Two

Dominic started the race and after narrowly avoiding an out-of-control Ferrari, handed the car over to Peter in 9th place. Peter got some clean air and was able to let the Mercedes-AMG off the leash, finishing in 7th while rapidly closing in on the race leaders.

 

"The Mercedes-AMG GT3 was absolutely fantastic today, performing faultlessly and showing excellent pace. The team is really excited about the Endurance round tomorrow, and we are happy that we managed to keep the car out of the chaos around us and are able to start tomorrow with a spot on car"

 

The Endurance race is 101 laps, commencing at 1.05pm AEST. There will be two qualifying sessions in the morning at 9.35am and 10.35am. 

 

Don't forget that if you are at Phillip Island, take a selfie with Peter and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #hackettracing for a chance to win a supporters pack.

Hollywood comes to Phillip Island

Hollywood comes to Phillip Island

Peter "Hollywood" Hackett will debut the all new #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 at his home circuit this weekend. 

Driving the Eggleston Motorsport entered car for the first time this year at his favourite circuit, Peter is enthusiastic about the Australian GT round. "Its great to be back at the site of some of my best results, and the car is absolutely the best package we have ever rolled up with, so this weekend should be very promising for Dominic Storey and myself.

Peter is also pleased to be able to present some of his supporters products at the event, "MV Agusta have supplied a 2016 F4 RR for display this weekend, and HYT Watches have a Green Skull here for viewing, so its a great chance for the public to come and see some very special racing, cars, motorcycles and watches all in one place" Make sure you get over and say hello to Peter, if you post a selfie with Peter at Phillip Island on Instagram with the hashtag #peterhackettracing, then you will go in the draw for a supporters pack. Extra credit if you get the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the photo as well!

The Australian GT Championship will be held at Phillip Island over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of May, with qualifying and two Sprint races on Saturday, with the longer Endurance race on Sunday.

If you are unable to make it to see the round live, the event will be streamed at http://australiangt.com.au/.

For more information about Peter Hackett, please visit www.peterhackett.com.

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Peter Hackett launches new website.

Australian Driving Instructor, Race Driver and media personality Peter Hackett has today launched a new interactive website, PeterHackett.com is designed to keep fans, the media, existing and potential sponsors up to date with Peter's activities. It will also feature the latest news on the Eggleston Motorsports / Customer Sports Racing Team, for whom Peter drives a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the Australian GT Championship.

At the Phillip Island Australian GT round, Peter will be offering a fan and sponsor experience that hasn't been seen in this championship. HYT Watches will have one of their extraordinary pieces on display, a one of fifty Skull Green Eye for interested parties to view. Also on display will be one of Peter's personal supporters MV Agusta, with a one of 250 F4 RC.

Peter is widely known as the Chief Driving Instructor for the Australasian Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG Driving Experiences, but he also has a long list of media appearances including speaking engagements and television hosting. However, it is more than fair to say that Peter's real passion is motorsport. For 2016 Peter has chosen a brand new Mercedes-AMG GT3 to compete in the Australian GT Championship. After getting to know the brand new car, Peter and the Eggleston Motorsport / Customer Sports Racing team are keen to start the season proper at their home round at Phillip Island May 27 to 28.
 
 
 
 
Final preperations with Peter & the AMG GT at Philip Island 2016

Final preperations with Peter & the AMG GT at Philip Island 2016

The on track action will be electric with Peter and co-driver Dominic Storey keen to put the Eggleston Motorsport / Customer Sport Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 on the top step of the podium.

Peter says "Obviously, Phillip Island is one of the worlds best racing circuits, and to be racing what is one of the worlds best GT Cars, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a dream come true. The car will be extremely competitive there, and Dom and I are itching to show what the car is capable of."

Peter aims to bring a new level of  social media interaction to the Australian GT Championship, with more news to be released shortly.