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.