Published on March 8th, 2019 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Peter Hackett Aims for Maiden Australian GT Title in 2019
Mercedes-AMG driver Peter Hackett has been competing in the Australian GT since 2005 and across that period been a regular visitor to the podium, culminating in the 2012 Australian Tourist Trophy and the 2017 CAMS Australian Endurance Championship title alongside New Zealander Dominic Storey.
Despite a sterling record that saw him finish runner up in his maiden season (and 2012), the Australian GT title has eluded him.
“It has been a fantastic journey and to be able to campaign a Mercedes-AMG GT3 after my long-time relationship with Mercedes as their chief driving instructor is just icing on the cake, but for me, my goal is the championship after coming so close again last year.”
Hackett has been a regular at the top of the Australian GT points table since 2005, finishing second twice (2005/2012) whilst holding the mantel as the most successful driver across a single season (10 wins/2005 season).
Since the inception of the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship three years ago, Hackett and Dominic Storey have formed a formidable team, claiming the title in 2017 after finishing second the season prior. Storey was only able to contest a part season in the #63 Mercedes last season, again delivering a strong result, prompting a return to a season-long relationship again for 2019
Heading into a new year, Hackett, Storey and Eggleston Motorsport will sport a stunning new look on the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3, a livery which will be unveiled at Mercedes Melbourne on the Tuesday night immediately ahead of the car’s return to the Albert Park circuit.
The opening round of the 2019 season begins at one of Hackett’s favourite venues and his home circuit, Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix circuit, with the first of four consecutive (across each day of the event) 25-minute sprint races taking place on Thursday, 14 March.