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Dom Storey WINS Australian GT title onboard AMG GT3.

After a day of high drama at Highlands Motorsport Park, Dominic Storey and Peter Hackett have come from behind to win the 2017 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship title. 

While the duo spent most of the race in first place, looking like the car to beat for the race win, they didn't appear likely to take the title. Instead series leaders Jaxon Evans and Tim Miles looked to have that sewed up, having worked their way into second place as the race decended on its final laps. 

However, both cars would come across dramatic issues in the run to the flag. And while Evans and Miles wouldn't be able to rejoin the race and claim a result, Storey and Hackett were able to salvage sixth place; enough to nab the championship. 

The race win went to Tony D'Alberto and Max Twigg, after the pair hung with the title contenders for most of the day. Andrew Waite was the first Kiwi across the line in second place with McLaren co-driver Tony Quinn, and Cameron McConville and Adrian Deitz kept their noses clean to finish third. 

Early phase drama

Having only qualified fifth in yesterday's top-10 shootout, Shane van Gisbergen appeared delighted to win the running race that began the Highlands 501. His run ensured that co-driver Mad Mike Whiddett would win the race out of pit lane. He led pole sitter Peter Hackett, Roger Lago, Tim Miles, and Max Twigg.

Missing from the melee were the potential contending McLaren 650S of Fraser Ross and Alvaro and Parente, and the Mega Porsche of Liam Talbot. Both lost time in the opening laps with issues (in the case of the McLaren, a broken dial rotor on the front-right corner, the Porsche an on-track clash with Dylan O'Keefe), with the latter retiring prematurely.

And that's how the order remained, until an early safety car on lap eight. It was caused by the stranded IMS Audi R8 of Andrew Bagnall, which had spun. This triggered a range of pit stops among the leading cars, with BNW driver Dylan O'Keefe among the only ones to stay out. 

A second yellow in short succession further complicated the order (this one for the stranded AMG of Scott Hookey, which was lucky to escape with only minor damage after losing control into the hairpin, narrowly avoiding a massive accident with the IMAK Lamborghini). 

In the shuffle Hackett had taken over the lead from Whiddett. Matt Halliday had taken over the IMS Audi after the car's early spin, and hoped to reclaim a lap back from the leaders. As the race went green he looked likely to do just that, until a dive inside the second-placed Whiddett proved costly. 

The contact spun Whiddett; his rear wheels just catching the gravel and rendering the McLaren immobile. Another safety car was called; an irate Whiddett losing laps before ultimately retiring the McLaren from its promising position (van Gisbergen having not even gotten into the car). Halliday's race was further soured by a pit-lane penalty for his role in the accident. 

Mid-race

The story of the middle phase of the race was that of Tim Miles. Having been as high as third early in proceedings he had faded down through the order; far enough to hand the provisional championship advantage to race leader Hackett and Dominic Storey. 

He fell to the bottom of the top 10, engaging in a battle with the Lamborghinis of Justin McMillan and Lago. But as the laps went on, Miles' pace began to swing back the other way. And with pit-stops looming he passed McMillan and pressured Lago. 

As the race hit the 50-lap mark teams started to think about pit stops. Most cars on track had their secondary drivers at the controls, and lap 54 would signify the end of the 'minimum laps' for those drivers. 

Sure enough race leader Miles and points leader Hackett were two of the first to stop; trading places with Jaxon Evans and Storey respectively. Miles had been as much as 1min 30sec behind the race-leading Mercedes-AMG, but after the lap that gap had been slashed to less than a minute. 

In the battle for third, an impressive drive from Max Twigg had given the WM Waste AMG of a second podium in a row. The same could be said of Tony Quinn and his STIX McLaren 650S. Both drivers soon also pitted, handing race-finishing duties to Andrew Waite and Tony D'Alberto respectively. 

With less than 60 laps to go, the leading trio — Storey, D'Alberto, and Evans — all started to exchange fastest laps. Evans was first into the 1:31s with a high nine, before Storey and D'Alberto joined in with 31s of their own (D'Alberto won the battle of the clocks, with a 1:31.469). 

The last 45

Evans' push saw him round up D'Alberto, and minimise the lead to just 25 seconds. But on lap 81 the gap was down to nothing following another safety car. This time for the stopped McLaren of Alvaro Parente — Storey and Evans now with D'Alberto, Steve Richards, and Waite on their tail. 

The race restarted with 39 laps to go, and straight away Storey and Evans shot clear of the trailing pack. Behind them Waite was the explosive package; rounding up Richards and then D'Alberto in quick succession. 

As the two leaders built themselves a 10-second margin, the battle for third became a focus. Soon enough the warring group had to deal with traffic — a particular pair of Lamborghinis proving hard to pass. The equation soon sorted itself out after mechanical problems ended Richards' race, and D'Alberto got back by Waite for third. 

It looked like Evans had the title sowed up, sitting in a clear second place some three-seconds off the race leader. But it was clear that he wanted to have a shot at taking the race win. This was made clearest when he claimed the lap record — a 1:31.399 — while trying to chase down Storey. 

But, the fight ended a few laps later. While pushing, Evans is reported to have run wide through the long turn-two sweeper. The impact to the front and rear of the Audi was relatively minor, but was enough to rip apart the left-rear wheel. And by the time he arrived at the next corner, the wheel came apart and parted company with the rest of the car. 

Evans' stranded car prompted another safety car, and forced his team to fire into action when he returned to the lane on the back of a tow truck. Despite their work fixing the damage, the Jamec Pem team's Audi wouldn't re-fire. And subsequently they had to retire. 

With the race restarting at the lap-100 mark, Storey simply had to bring the car home in one piece. But, he too would encounter disaster as the end of the race loomed. 

Six laps to go

With only six laps left, Storey slowed with problems of his own. The polesitter filed into pit lane, having already lost plenty of time to his peers, and the Eggleston Motorsport crew worked madly on the car's front-left suspension. 

This handed the race lead, and eventually the win, to D'Alberto and co-driver Max Twigg. The pairing took honours six laps later by 13 seconds over the only other car to finish on the lead lap; Andrew Waite and Tony Quinn. The underdog drive of the day was Cameron McConville and Adrian Dietz, who took third in their Lamborghini. 

Storey was able to resume the race in sixth, two laps down. Trundling home with a still wounded car, he crossed the line in sixth — still enough to win the title. It's Storey's first ever championship title, on either side of the ditch.

 

Hampton Downs 500 glory for Storey and Hackett second time around

Kiwi Dom Storey and Peter Hackett have won the Hampton Downs 500 in New Zealand over the weekend prompting them to second place in the Australian Endurance Championship with a round remaining at Highlands Motorsport Park in a fortnight.

 

It was a dominant performance from the Eggleston Motorsport pairing of Storey and Hackett who finished 27.543 seconds ahead of Championship rivals Tim Miles and Jaxon Evans. It was even more satisfying for Storey and Hackett who were penalized for a pit lane transgression in yesterday’s Top Ten Shootout, which saw them demoted from 3rd to 9th on the starting grid.

 

“I didn’t believe it was possible to make such a comeback, but sometimes a knock like that re motivates you and that seemed to work for both Pete and I - Pete drove outstandingly in the opening stint and that allowed me to dominate the remaining 60 laps of the race” 

 

The weekend wasn’t plain sailing however, Storey and Hackett enduring torrential wet weather on Saturday for Qualifying. The pair qualifying 3rd overall and Storey claiming 3rd in the top 10 shootout before being demoted to 9th.

 

“We didn’t quite have the pace on Saturday to top be right up the front, I did my absolute best to drag a lap out in the top 10 and was pretty happy with 3rd. I knew if it dried out for Sunday we would be in with a shot, our car was outstanding at Hampton Downs in 2016’

 

Hackett’s opening stint was fantastic, climbing from 9th on the grid to 3rd before coming in for an early pit stop on lap 18. That strategy paid dividends when the first safety car brought the field together on lap 30. A few laps later, Hackett had worked his way through the field and he took the lead on lap 39 with a gutsy move down the inside of Talbot on turn two.

 

“We wanted to make sure Dom had a full tank of gas for the last stint,” says Hackett. “That was critical. I was catching the guys in front rather rapidly in the early stages so rather than get caught up in someone else’s fight, we decided to get out of the traffic. I came in after the splash and dash and I had clean air in front of me for a few laps. Then a safety car came out and a safety car can go either way as we found out here last year when it cost us the win. This year it worked in our favour” - said Hackett

 

The first of the compulsory pit stops and driver changes happened midway through the race with Dom Storey taking over from Hackett with a 25-second lead back to John Martin with Tony D’Alberto in third.

 

Two-thirds of the way through the 500km race and Storey enjoyed a comfortable lead over the field. Evans moved into second after the second compulsory pit stop and briefly threatened to close the gap on Storey but in the end, it was a comfortable win. 

 

It moves Hackett and and Storey into second in the Australian Endurance Championship and within striking distance of Miles and Evans going into the final round at Highlands.

 

“Dom’s a real pro,” says Hackett. “I’m so chuffed for him, especially in his home race. He had a lot of sponsors, friends, and family here. He’s a superstar of New Zealand motorsport” - said Hackett.

 

“This win is a full credit to Eggleston Motorsport and all my partners, especially Autex who are celebrating 50 years this year, its special to get a win of this kind on both mine and their home soil” - said Storey.

 

Dominic Storey proudly supported by - Autex Global, Mercedes Benz Berwick, Sensory Lab, iCapsulate, Data Express, Seven Friday & Bluehive Financial Services

Autex Eggleston Motorsport AMG GT3 head to Sydney Motorsport Park ready to win.

Dominic Storey and Peter Hackett in the Autex AMG GT3 head into round two of the Australian Endurance Championship 2nd in the standings following a promising round at Phillip Island in May, however this time they are ready to tackle the opposition and win their first round together as a pairing.

 

A controversial result at round one left a bitter sweet taste when a win was certainly on the cards. The Autex AMG GT3 lead briefly a couple of times and looked in the pound seat before a pit lane hold up lost them track position and put the duo a lap down. Storey fought back to take 2nd place just a few seconds behind eventual winners Jaxon Evans and Tim Miles.

 

Sydney Motorsport Park proved a positive round in 2016, qualifying and finishing 6th place however a recent test day has ironed out the issues they faced during the 2016 race and both Storey and Hackett feel this is the time to bring home the result deserved. 

 

Practice and Qualifying take place on Friday whilst the 501km race will take place Saturday as support category to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, both racing and Qualifying aired live on FoxSports (AUS) and SkySport (NZ).

 

“I am ready and more determined than ever to deliver a result to everyone that helps make this a reality, Autex and all my sponsors have stood by me the past 18 months and its time to deliver them a win” - Storey.

 

Schedule:

Practice - 8.05am (Friday)

Qualifying 1 - 10.50am (Friday)

Qualifying 2 - 13.45am (Friday)

Race (129laps) - 07.35am (Saturday)

 

Thanks to our loyal partners: Autex, MV Augusta, Sensory Lab, iCapsulate, Data Express, Bluehive Finance, HYT.

POLE POSITION AND 2ND PLACE TO KICK OF DOM STOREY & PETER HACKETT'S AUSTRALIAN GT ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN

Melbourne based Kiwi Dom Storey has provided a great performance at the opening round of the Australian GT Endurance Championship claiming pole position on Saturday and a podium in a thrilling 501km race on Sunday along with co-driver Peter Hackett in their Autex '50 years' AMG GT3.

On Saturday both Storey and Hackett performed at their highest level in Qualifying and claimed the top spot positioning them at the head of the field on pole position for Sunday's Phillip Island 501. This was Storey's first pole in Australian GT and Hackett's first since 2011.

Early weather predictions showed rain forecast for Sunday's 501km encounter however the race started under dry conditions and Hackett slotted his way into second place for the opening stint, hovering behind the Walkinshaw Porsche of Liam Talbot. Talbot eventually giving the lead up as Hackett put an outstanding move on the Porsche at turn four.

The heavens opened on lap 23 once Hackett had taken a lead and himself and Talbot headed the field by nearly 30 seconds. Eggleston Motorsport made the call to pit for wets and Hackett took to the lane immediately, proving to be a great decision as the rain continued to fall. Drama in the pit lane followed as Hackett left his pit box and was blocked in by a string of Audi's triple stacking and blocking the fast lane, losing 48 seconds in the process and dropping the #63 Autex '50 years' AMG GT3 off the lead lap.

A fantastic opening wet weather stint from Hackett brought the car back onto the lead lap before handing over to Dom Storey on lap 51. Storey climbed aboard the #63 ultimately staying in until the end of the race. The rain continued to fall and before too long Storey had climbed his way back into the lead of the race with one CPS pitstop remaining. An enthused Egglestion Motorsport completed the last pitstop on lap 73 and Storey wore a fresh set of wet weather tyres to the finish. 

A late safety car bunched the field up, Storey in second place with four lapped cars between himself and leader Jaxon Evans. Storey quickly cleared the Smyth Ferrari, D'alberto AMG and the McConville Lamborghini before pursuing Evans and tail gunner Garth Tander. Storey eventually having to settle for second place on a drying track with overheating wet weather tyres. 

A pole position and second place was a great start to the Australian GT Endurance Championship for Dom Storey, Peter Hackett and the Egglestion Motorsport crew. The #63 Autex '50 years' AMG GT3 is only 13 points from the lead of the Championship in second place. The next round of the Championship takes place at Sydney Motorsport Park, August 18-20.

Phillip Island 501 Results:

1  Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing  Tim Miles/Jaxon Evans  Audi R8 LMS GT3

2  Autex AMG GT3  Dominic Storey/Peter Hackett  Mercedes-AMG GT3

3  YNA Autosport  Fraser Ross/Warren Luff  McLaren 650S GT3

4  Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing  Geoff Emery/Garth Tander  Audi R8 LMS GT3

5  Hog’s Breath Café/Griffith Corporation  Mark Griffith/Jake Camilleri  Mercedes-AMG GT3

6  MEGA Racing  Liam Talbot/John Martin  Porsche 911 GT3-R

7  Maranello Motorsport  Peter Edwards/Greame Smyth  Ferrari 488 GT3

8  Timken/Zagame Autosport  Adrian Deitz/Cameron McConville  Lamborghini Huracan GT3

9  JBS Australia  Roger Lago/David Russell  Lamborghini R-EX GT3

10  WA Waste Management Services  Max Twigg/Tony D’Alberto  Mercedes-AMG GT3

STOREY JOINS SUPERCARS ACE REYNOLDS ALONG WITH GRIFFITH FOR BATHURST 12 HOUR IN AMG GT3

Current Supercar driver and Bathurst Supercar lap record holder David Reynolds will head experienced Kiwi and last years runner up in the Australian Endurance Championship Dominic Storey as well as car owner and experienced amateur Mark Griffith for the 2017 Bathurst 12 hour onboard the Griffith owned AMG GT3.

Griffith has put together a strong team and although it is not an Erebus entry it does have familiar faces from the Erebus GT team.

“Having Davey (Reynolds) and Dom join me for the Bathurst 12 hour gives the team youth and experience, Davey is a proven racer and has shown that at Bathurst both in the Supercar and the old SLS with Erebus. Dom brings youth and speed as he drove the same car (AMG GT3) to 2nd place in last years Australian Championship as well as a podium at Phillip Island that had a similar calibre field as the 12 hour, I think this will really help us extract the speed in the car and myself throughout the weekend” - Griffith said.

Reynold’s has a huge amount of experience at Bathurst including last years Bathurst 12 hour where he lined up in the Erebus SLS AMG with German AMG stars Thomas Jaeger and Nico Bastian finishing 5th overall. Reynold’s is excited to race the latest AMG GT3 for the first time at Mount Panorama in early February.

“I drove Mark’s (Griffith) car earlier in the year when he shook it down for the first time, they are amazing cars to drive and a definite step up from the SLS I raced last year. I cannot thank him enough for this opportunity, hopefully we can bring a good result overall and win our class” - says Reynolds.

Storey, a former single seater racer in Europe having run in GP3 in 2011 finished second in last years inaugural Australian Endurance Championship alongside Peter Hackett in the Eggleston Motorsport run AMG GT3. A podium at the Phillip Island 101, lap record at Hampton Downs 101 and fastest lap at Highlands 101 proved Storey has the speed to run at the front consistently, alongside some of the best GT and V8 drivers in the world.

“I have to thank my loyal sponsors, especially Autex and also Mark (Griffith) for giving me this opportunity at the last minute, I had originally planned to remain in the car I drove last year with Peter Hackett, however when that door closed another opened and I quickly jumped at the opportunity to drive alongside Mark and Dave Reynolds. My priority was to remain in an AMG for the 12 hour and to drive alongside Dave will give me the reference I need at a place like Bathurst. Mark is very enthusiastic and professional in his approach and I believe every box will be ticked in the lead up so that we can have a smooth run and hopefully be at the pointy end from the first session” - Storey stated.

The campaign is supported by Autex, Hogs Breath Cafe, Daimler Trucks Newcastle, Saint.CC, Sensory Lab, Vawdrey and Griffith Corporation.

Great showing for Autex AMG GT3 at Sydney Motorsport Park - New Zealand bound in Championship fight.

Melbourne based New Zealand racing driver, Dominic Storey and Peter Hackett finished in 6th place at the latest round of the Australian Endurance Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Autex backed Eggleston Motorsport AMG GT3 had great pace all weekend. At the hands of Dominic Storey the car was fastest in practice and qualified a fantastic 2nd after holding provisional pole position for the entire session only to be pipped in the closing stages allbeit well under the current lap record.

On Saturday morning at the Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint the Autex AMG GT3 rolled out with a starting grid position of 6th after the aggregate times of both Hackett and Storey in qualifying meant they would start on the third row. Storey started the race much like at Phillip Island in May making a brilliant getaway moving up to 3rd place after lap two, passing experienced V8 Supercar and GT driver Warren Luff in spectacular fashion. Storey built a 14 second buffer to fellow Kiwi, Craig Baird who eventually took 4th place off Luff a few laps later. Storey pitted on lap 23 handing over to Hackett to double stint the middle part of the race, Hackett doing a solid job although suffering unexpected tyre degradation later in the stint. On lap 66 Storey jumped back in to take the car to lap 101 moving it from just outside the top ten to finish a credible 6th, breaking the original lap record in the process. 

“I expected a fair bit more from the race itself, after the podium at Phillip Island, then backing it up with such good pace in practice on Friday during practice and qualifying 6th place was probably not the result I was after. We missed a little bit of the setup during the race and suffered a fair bit of tyre deg towards the end of the stints, this is something we need to work on for the New Zealand rounds later this year” - Storey said.

The Australian GT Endurance Championship now heads to New Zealand for the remaining two rounds of the championship at Hampton Downs and Highlands Motorsport Park respectively. Storey is now in a four way fight for Championship glory and is heading there with one goal, winning. 

“Having never driven at Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park prior to both race weekends and being so competitive I am excited about the prospect of racing at a circuit I have raced at many times. At Hampton Downs I will be pushing for pole in the top 10 shootout as well as a solid result in the 101”.

Saturday and Sundays coverage of the Hampton Downs weekend (October 29/30) will be televised live on TV3 in New Zealand.

Storey’s Australian GT Endurance campaign is made possible by - AMG Customer Sports, Eggleston Motorsport, Autex, SG Fleet, Saint cc, Profreight, SmartTrade and St Ali.

To follow Dominic Storey throughout 2016 you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as www.domstorey.com.

Podium for Dominic Storey and Peter Hackett in the Autex AMG GT3 on endurance debut.

Rising star on the GT racing circuit, Dominic Storey, has made an auspicious debut in his first GT3 Endurance Event during the Phillip Island 101 race last Sunday 29th May 2016. 26 year old Storey, who is originally from New Zealand and is now based in Melbourne, competed against current V8 Supercar stars Shane van Gisbergen, Nick Percat and Garth Tander They were also joined by three international factory drivers Miguel Molina, Bruno Spengler and Marco Bonanomi. In the lead up to the event, Storey took the outstanding speed demonstrated throughout the weekend’s practice and qualifying sessions to another level, and delivered when it counted in Sunday’s 101 lap battle. 

Practice on Friday saw the Storey/Hackett Eggleston Motorsport run AMG GT3 finish up fourth in the standings behind V8 Supercar driver Garth Tander, Audi factory driver Marco Bonanomi and fellow Kiwi Daniel Gaunt. Dipping into the 1 minute 28 second mark on old tyres gave the whole team a positive feeling for the weekend ahead.

Qualifying for the 101 lap endurance race on Sunday morning was more about tyre conservation for the race than anything else. Storey used the first of two 20 minute sessions to end up 2nd fastest behind Audi factory driver Miguel Molina. Co-driver Peter Hackett completed Qualifying 2 on the same tyre set and used the session as an extended test prior to the race, leaving two new sets of tyres for the 101endurance race. 

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

After an action packed 46 laps, Peter came back to the pits on lap 67 and handed the car over to Dominic in 3rd place, 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.

Keeping the final laps of the Phillip Island 101 increasingly exciting was Storey’s battle for second and third place with current V8 supercar and Mclaren GT Factory driver Shane Van Gisbergen, with Van Gisbergen pinching second place in the closing laps. The two New Zealand born drivers swapping fastest lap times and sectors right up until the chequered flag, reducing race winner Nathan Morcom’s margin by 25 seconds over the last thirty laps of the race.

Finishing a season best and on the podium for the first time, the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 has shown its pace and is poised to be a star of the 2016 Australian GT Endurance Championship.

“To race in a field of GT cars piloted by both international and professional Factory and V8 supercar drivers was just tremendous, Eggleston Motorsport delivered an awesome strategy and both Pete and I were able to execute the result we had aimed for. I felt super comfortable in the car all weekend and I think Sunday’s result reflects this. I cannot wait to carry this speed over to the next endurance races of the season.” said an elated Dominic Storey.

The next round of the Australian Endurance Championship is at Sydney Motorsport Park, August 26-28. Dominic Storey's 2016 campaign is supported by Autex, SG Fleet, Saint.CC, ProFreight, SmartTrade and TW Steel.

 

TRANS TASMAN BACKING FOR DOMINIC STOREY'S AUSTRALIAN GT CAMPAIGN IN 2016

Melbourne based New Zealand racing driver, Dominic Storey has secured a major sponsorship for the 2016 Australian GT Endurance Championship.

Autex, a fast growing New Zealand company, which has expanded its footprint across Australia, the UK and the US markets, specializes in large scale commercial solutions - acoustics, insulation, carpets and now building products including windows and doors, Autex Chief Executive Officer Mark Robinson said the company was delighted to partner with Dominic and his team in the Australian GT Endurance Championship. “Meeting with Dom last year and discussing with him his long term goals, we soon recognized what a great fit it presented for Autex to embark on our first major sponsorship in Australia and our first association with motor sport. We are looking forward to partnering with Dom and his team and the prestigious Mercedes Benz brand in a fast growing motor sport in Australia – the Australian GT Championship, and providing him with the full backing of our company”, Robinson said.

Dominic will be driving along side well known Australian GT driver and Mercedes Benz Australia’s chief driving instructor, Peter Hackett. Storey and Hacket will be in the brand new AMG GT GT3 from AMG Customer Sports. Former V8 Supercar Dunlop Series champions, Eggleston Motorsport will prepare and run the entry for this years championship.

“I cannot thank the team at Autex enough, to be driving a Mercedes Benz in Australian GT and representing a proud New Zealand company such as Autex is really exciting and I look forward to a great future with them” Storey said.

He also announced that sponsorship arrangements had also been secured with two other companies - one, SG Fleet Group, has been a partner of Storey in New Zealand for some time and will now also support him in Australia. SG Fleet’s Head of Corporate Services, Yves Noldus welcomed the sponsorship arrangement: “Partnering with Dominic and Mercedes Benz provides us with a great opportunity to build our brand on and off the track while supporting a team which we have great faith in”, he said.

In 2016 Storey will also carry sponsorship from Saint CC, a company with New Zealand origin. “Aidan and Xavier from Saint CC are great friends and I look forward to representing their new brand of technical motor cycle apparel over the course of 2016, to promote and market these innovative products”, he said.

With one round at the Clipsal 500 last week already under their belt Storey and Hackett have shown the potential of the new AMG GT even on a circuit that traditionally wouldn’t suit the car. Storey qualified 8th in the first event for the car and a best place of 6th in race two of the weekend. He also managed to set some of the quickest laps of the weekend sending a strong message that the car and driver combination will be one to watch out for when the endurance campaign kicks off in May at Phillip Island.

Storey’s campaign also receives further New Zealand backing from Profreight and SmartTrade.

To follow Dominic Storey throughout 2016 you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as www.domstorey.com. 

Storey, Hackett team up with Eggleston Motorsport for the Australian GT Championship in the all new AMG GT GT3

Peter Hackett has teamed with Dunlop Series winning squad Eggleston Motorsport to run a pair of new AMG GTs in this year’s Australian GT Championship.

The team’s first car has already arrived in Australia, with AMG Customer Sports chief Jochen Bitzer on hand for an unveil in front of media and corporate guests at the Bathurst 12 Hour today.

AMG’s GT replaces its iconic SLS, which has underpinned the Mercedes-Benz brand’s involvement in GT3 racing over the last five years.

Hackett and 26-year-old Kiwi Dominic Storey have been confirmed as drivers for the team, which will debut with at least one entry at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide season opener.

The cars will be run alongside Eggleston’s existing Dunlop Series and Kumho Series entries from the squad’s Melbourne workshop.

It marks a return to GT racing for the husband and wife team of Ben Eggleston and Rachael Wagg.

Ben raced in the class as recently as 2014, while Rachael co-owned and managed the championship from 2005-2011.

“We are still doing the Dunlop and Kumho Series programs, but we want to broaden our horizons a bit with GTs,” Rachael Eggleston told Speedcafe.com.

“We’ve had great success winning three titles (one Dunlop and two Kumho) in the last two years and I can’t wait to see what we can do with the new AMG GT.”

Hackett, who is the chief driving instructor for Mercedes-Benz in Australia, has done limited racing since splitting with Erebus’ GT program in early 2013.

“We’re joining forces (with Eggleston) because the infrastructure needed to run cars is extraordinary,” Hackett told Speedcafe.com.

“We’ve linked in with some incredibly professional people and the last few details are being sorted with AMG Customer Sports right now.

“We’re certainly going to be ready for Clipsal with one car and we just need to confirm the delivery date on the second.”

AMG Customer Sports staff attending this week’s 12 Hour are expected to complete an official handover of the first car to the team this week, which will include its first track test.

Erebus Motorsport has also taken delivery of its first AMG GT, which is in the team’s transporter at Bathurst and will likewise have its first run in the coming days.

Like Hackett, Erebus is also awaiting the imminent arrival of a second car, both of which will be run for customers.

“We have two cars here already and two more are coming in a few days,” Bitzer confirmed to Speedcafe.com of the new GT.

“This is the start for hopefully another successful era for AMG GT3 cars in Australia.”

Erebus is running its two SLSs with support from AMG Customer Sports at Bathurst this weekend, including the presence of four factory drivers, led by Bernd Schneider.

NEW AMG GT TEAM SET TO TAKE THE GRID IN THE 2016 AUSTRALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP

Peter Hackett has lodged an expression of interest to purchase three of Mercedes’ new AMG GT3 race cars for competition in Australia.

Hackett has made the request following the factory’s disclosure of details for the SLS GT3 replacement as he moves to form a new team to tackle the Australian GT Championship next year.

The Mercedes-Benz Australia chief driving instructor is hopeful to run three AMG GT3s under the banner of his yet-to-be launched operation.

Hackett, who made his last full-time Australian GT appearance in 2012, filed his interest within an hour of Mercedes’ official call for customers.

The new AMG GT3 made its race debut in Germany’s VLN series earlier this month where it landed pole position before a wheel bearing issue saw it finish in 52nd position in a field 98 finishers.

“The factory has released all of the details of the car and expression of interest forms have been received by teams,” Hackett told Speedcafe.com.

“We have sent in expressions of interest for up to three cars.

“We are just waiting to hear back from the factory now about when they might be able to send us one as well as the delivery dates.

“The team is still coming together and the goal at this point is to be in the Australian GT Championship next year, but whether we can get cars is the issue that is unknown.

“Everything is absolutely in place. We can’t do any more than get the budgets in place and put a request in for cars.”

Another emerging new team, Spitze Liegen Rennsport, is also understood to be eyeing a Mercedes AMG GT3 for a possible 2016 AGT assault, although the squad is yet to officially confirm its plans.

The Australian GT Championship is set for an influx of new machinery from several manufacturers next year.

Melbourne Performance Centre is expected to run four new Audi R8 LMS GT3s, while Maranello Motorsport has ordered three of the yet-to-be released Ferrari 488 GT3s.

STOREY MAKES HIS MARK IN NZ SUPERTOURER'S

With a couple of seasons under his belt, NZ SuperTourer driver Dominic Storey says he's ready to start challenging for wins and podiums in his SG Fleet Holden.

Storey comes off a strong result at the previous round at Pukekohe where he finished second overall for the weekend driving with Nick Percat.

I think I've learnt a lot about the cars over the past couple of seasons, and I'm at a point now where I can start challenging the guys up the front, says Storey.

Pukekohe was really good for us. We were fastest in practice and had three top five finishes, which was awesome.

We were a new team at the start of 2013, and I think we've found our feet and figured out what we need to do to make the cars go quick. I think I'm driving well at the moment, just trying to keep mistakes to an absolute minimum. You just can't afford to make a mistake in these cars, as you have to be on it 100 percent, 100 percent of the time.

The now twenty five year old, is no stranger to high-level competitive motorsport. He is a former winner of the Formula BMW Scholarship in 2006 with seven podium finishes and since then has impressed with two second place finishes in the New Zealand GP in TRS machinery, and with some stand-out drives in British Formula 3, Formula Renault Europe and in the bigger GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 machinery.

 

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