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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

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