15 July 2012
PETER HACKETT TAKES ROUND WIN AND CAMS TOURIST TROPHY IN SYDNEY
Peter Hackett and Erebus Racing have taken out the fourth round of the Australian GT Championship, protected by Sargent Security after a thrilling battle with John Bowe at Sydney Motorsport Park today, along with being awarded the time honoured CAMS Tourist Trophy.
Hackett appeared to be on for a comfortable victory – the Erebus Racing team’s strategy to bank tyres for today’s 60 minute stoush proving crucial.
With around 10 minutes to go, a Safety Car was triggered when early leader, Roger Lago’s Lamborghini sustained serious damage after an off heading into the final corner.
Whilst having the pace to withhold Bowe under green conditions, coming under the control of the Safety Car changed the game significantly. Bowe was able to get on racing terms with Hackett and seeing a gap, the two driving instructors were side by side for a number of corners, at one point rubbing door handles.
Bowe was able to assume the lead and over the remaining lap, Hackett fought back, however wasn’t able to get past him.
Nevertheless, the Erebus Racing driver took the 563 horsepower chromed AMG Customer Sports Program car to victory lane in the round overall. He extended his Championship lead over third placed Klark Quinn to six points.
Early in the race, Hackett was battling with Quinn. As pitstops throughout the field cleansed, he assumed the lead from the Lamborghini of David Russell and Lago and the Peter Edwards/John Bowe machine.
By virtue of his two round wins in succession, Peter Hackett’s name joins the likes of Stirling Moss, Bib Stillwell and Frank Matich, among others on the CAMS Tourist Trophy – awarded with the combined pointscores of the last two events.
Overall, it was a challenging but rewarding weekend for the Erebus Racing squad. Whilst disappointed at not securing a race win over the weekend, Hackett was philosophical – happy with his qualifying pace and taking the Championship lead.
The round win and two second places continue the team’s run of finishing with at least one podium finish in every event that it has contested with its pair of SLS AMG GT3’s – one of the most successful teams in the AMG Customer Sports program around the world.
The next event will be back at Phillip Island in September.
FROM BENEATH THE GULLWING:
Peter Hackett – #63 Erebus Racing SLS AMG GT3:
“What a sensational result for our team – to join the likes of Stirling Moss and Bib Stillwell on the CAMS Tourist Trophy is just brilliant, it’s a real honour.
“To take our second successive round win and take over the Championship lead is something I’m really excited about. The Championship changes every weekend and I am sure that we haven’t seen the end of those changes with three rounds to go.
“I’m disappointed we couldn’t get the race win today, I made a small mistake off the restart and you don’t leave John Bowe a gap, because he will go for it any day of the week. It is exactly what he did – but it was an awesome way to finish the race.
“To fight for the win with this SLS AMG GT3 was a delight – it’s a sensational car and the areas that we have had to work on this season so far we’re really getting a handle on.
“We made a few changes after Winton and they have worked. I’m most pleased with our qualifying pace – I’m really excited about where we are at right now.
“We’ll go away, celebrate this one and then come back at Phillip Island even stronger.
“It’s exciting times for Erebus Racing and the entire AMG Customer Sports Program worldwide at the moment and this team just keeps getting better and better.”
RESULTS – RACE 2 – SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK:
1. J. Bowe/P. Edwards (Ferrari)
2. Peter Hackett (SLS AMG GT3)
3. Klark Quinn (Porsche)
4. Tony Quinn (Mosler)
5. Ben Eggleston (Aston Martin)
ROUND RESULTS – ROUND 4 AUSTRALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP PROTECTED BY SARGENT SECURITY:
1. Peter Hackett (SLS AMG GT3)
2. J. Bowe/P. Edwards (Ferrari)
3. Klark Quinn (Porsche)
Australian GT Championship, protected by Sargent Security standings:
1. Peter Hackett – 101 points (+6)
2. Klark Quinn – 95
3. Peter Edwards – 86
4. Greg Crick – 56
5. Ben Eggleston – 54
7. James Brock – 47
Upcoming TV Coverage:
SPEED TV – “Australian GT Championship”
60 minute highlights
Phillip Island – Wednesday, July 18 – 8pm
Winton – Wednesday, August 15 – 8pm
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