Thursday, Oct 11 07:41pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

New livery, same goal for Dom Storey on Australian GT return

Dom Storey returns to the Australian GT Championship with high hopes of repeating last year’s Hampton Downs 500 dominance.


He re-joins fellow CAMS Australian Endurance Championship winner Peter Hackett this weekend in the Eggleston Motorsport-run Mercedes-AMG GT3.


Hackett comes into the round second in points behind McElrea Racing-run driver Fraser Ross. Just 16 points splits Hackett’s Mercedes to Ross’ McLaren 650S GT3.


Just back of Hackett is Australian-based New Zealander Steven Richards. just 19 points adrift of the Eggleston driver.


Hackett and Storey come into the final round of the championship as defending Endurance Championship title winners and victors of the Hampton Downs 500.


The priority for the pair is to finish ahead of their main title rivals, but a race win would be one better.


“For us it’s more of the same really,” Hackett told


“Dom and I have always been strong when we’ve driven together and we’ve got a job to do and that’s stay in front of Fraser and Steve and look at the big picture.


“The qualifying session is important, the qualifying race is especially important. There’s 20 points up for grabs, but we both know that we need t give ourselves the best chance at a race win and that’ll come with having a good car.


“For us it’ll be about keeping clean until 40 minutes to go then let the ponies run.”


Hackett and Storey will run an updated livery this weekend, which features Mercedes-Benz Auckland and AMG Performance Centre Auckland.


The team brought the car to their Auckland showroom tonight for one of their annual evenings to show off the car before it goes racing tomorrow.


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Storey said he’s hoping for a repeat performance of last year’s win.


“Last year we won it quite convincingly, this year it’ll be tough with probably a few guys there that have improved a bit from last year as well.


“Peter and I are a proven combination. I think we’re just going to focus on beating Fraser [Ross] and Steven [Richards], but I want to win and I know Peter wants to win. If we win Peter is going to win the championship so for me I want to make sure he wins the championship.


“If he does that then he’s achieved his goal this year, which would be fantastic. Then we’d get to double celebrate.


“Last year at Highlands we didn’t get to do that because we should’ve won the race, but we had the issue, but we need to win a championship with a race win.”


Hackett said winning the Australian GT Championship following his and Storey’s success last year in the Endurance Championship would be the icing on the cake.


“It’s something that you dream about, but it’s not something that you ever think is possible,” he said.


“I’ve been trying not to think it’s possible, just try and take it one lap at a time. It’s hard not to become involved in the emotion that’s associated with the championship when you come to a function like this at Mercedes-Benz Auckland.


“Everybody is asking about the championship and I just want to get in the car and get going really.


“The best way to win the championship is to win the race.”


It’s expected AMG will bring over 100 guests to Hampton Downs this weekend. Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Stefan Wendl will fly from Germany to Hampton Downs for the race.


“There’s a lot of attention around the world, not only on Australian GT, not only on Dom and I, but also on Hampton Downs, which is good for New Zealand.”