Hackett/Storey Mercedes tops Highlands practice

Friday 10th November, 2017 - 4:35pm

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The Hackett/Storey Mercedes

Peter Hackett and Dominic Storey have finished fastest in the opening day’s practice for the Highlands 501.

The Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 clocked a 1:31.424s in the second of two 40-minute hit outs at the final round of this year’s Australian Endurance Championship.

The effort put the pair 0.342s clear of the Shane van Gisbergen/‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett-driven Darrell Lea McLaren 650S GT3.

“It’s a good start to the weekend,” said Storey.

“(It’s) only practice, but there’s a little more in it, so I’m pretty rapt with that.

“Overall, the car is feeling really good on circuit and it’s doing everything we want it to, so we’ll make some minor changes overnight and hopefully improve a little more for qualifying.”

Roger Lago and David Russell finished third fastest aboard the repaired Lamborghini R-EX, 0.574s off the Mercedes’ time.

Championship leaders Tim Miles and Jaxon Evans were fourth quickest in Practice 2 in the Jamec Pem Audi R8, having been fastest in the first session.

Tony Quinn and Andrew Waite rounded out the top five in the second Darrell Lea McLaren.

Steven Richards and Dylan O’Keeffe in the BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 were down in 14th and 13 seconds off the quickest time in Practice 2, after being sidelined with a turbo issue.

Zagame Autosports’ Adrian Deitz and Cameron McConville ended the day inside the top 10, despite a spin from Deitz which left the car beached in the Esses in Practice 2 and triggered a brief red flag.

Track action continues tomorrow with Practice 3 in the morning 0955 (0755 AEDT), before a pair of Qualifying sessions and the Top 10 Shootout later in the day.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Drivers Time Split Car
1 63 Peter Hackett/Dominic Storey 1:31.424 Mercedes-AMG GT3
2 77 Mad Mike Whiddett/Shane van Gisbergen 1:31.766 0.342 McLaren 650S GT3
3 23 Roger Lago/David Russell 1:31.998 0.574 Lamborghini R-EX
4 75 Tim Miles/Jaxon Evans 1:32.063 0.639 Audi R8 LMS
5 7 Tony Quinn/Andrew Waite 1:32.272 0.848 McLaren 650S GT3
6 911 Liam Talbot/John Martin 1:32.307 0.883 Porsche 911 GT3-R
7 58 Fraser Ross/Alvaro Parente 1:32.760 1.336 McLaren 650S GT3
8 8 Max Twigg/Tony D’Alberto 1:32.993 1.569 Mercedes-AMG GT3
9 82 Andrew Bagnall/Matt Halliday 1:33.337 1.913 Audi R8 LMS
10 6 Adrian Deitz/Cameron McConville 1:33.579 2.155 Lamborghini Huracan
11 48 Justin McMillan/Glenn Wood 1:33.754 2.330 Lamborghini R-EX
12 19 Mark Griffith/Scott Hookey 1:33.982 2.558 Mercedes-AMG GT3
13 51 Andrew Macpherson/Brad Shiels 1:35.289 3.865 Lamborghini Huracan
14 100 Steve Richards/Dylan O’Keefe 1:44.378 12.954 BMW M6 GT3

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Drivers Time Split Car
1 75 Tim Miles/Jaxon Evans 1:32.605 Audi R8 LMS
2 63 Peter Hackett/Dominic Storey 1:32.924 0.319 Mercedes-AMG GT3
3 77 Mad Mike Whiddett/Shane van Gisbergen 1:33.036 0.431 McLaren 650S GT3
4 58 Fraser Ross/Alvaro Parente 1:33.116 0.511 McLaren 650S GT3
5 911 Liam Talbot/John Martin 1:33.347 0.742 Porsche 911 GT3-R
6 100 Steve Richards/Dylan O’Keefe 1:33.513 0.908 BMW M6 GT3
7 23 Roger Lago/David Russell 1:33.622 1.017 Lamborghini R-EX
8 6 Adrian Deitz/Cameron McConville 1:33.891 1.286 Lamborghini Huracan
9 8 Max Twigg/Tony D’Alberto 1:34.063 1.458 Mercedes-AMG GT3
10 82 Andrew Bagnall/Matt Halliday 1:34.125 1.520 Audi R8 LMS
11 7 Tony Quinn/Andrew Waite 1:34.301 1.696 McLaren 650S GT3
12 48 Justin McMillan/Glenn Wood 1:34.483 1.878 Lamborghini R-EX
13 51 Andrew Macpherson/Brad Shiels 1:34.766 2.161 Lamborghini Huracan
14 19 Mark Griffith/Scott Hookey 1:40.254 7.649 Mercedes-AMG GT3