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.