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.
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