Hack­ett and Storey top at Hamp­ton

North Waikato News - - SPORT -

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.

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