Hackett and Storey top at Hampton
Kiwi drivers finished first and second in the Hampton Downs 500, with Dom Storey and Peter Hackett claiming the win ahead of the Australian Endurance Championship leaders, Jaxon Evans and Tim Miles.
It was a dominant performance from the Eggleston Motorsport pairing of Storey and Hackett who finished 27.543 seconds ahead of Miles and Evans on Sunday.
It was even more satisfying for New Zealander Storey and Australian Hackett, who were penalised for a pit lane transgression in Saturday’s Top Ten Shootout, where they were demoted from third to ninth on the starting grid.
‘‘Motorsport is very up and down but you’ve got to take those knocks and use them to motivate yourself,’’ Storey said.
The McLaren of Fraser Ross and Alvaro Parente was the big mover on the opening lap, jumping six places from eighth on the grid to second after Ross found a cracking line on the outside of the field on turn one.
Hackett also showed good pace in the early stages, climbing from ninth on the grid to third before coming in for an early pit stop on lap 18.
That strategy paid dividends when the first safety car brought the field together on lap 30.