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.