Hackett dominates Aus GT qualifying in Sydney

Peter Hackett in the #63 Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3

Peter Hackett was comfortably fastest in both CAMS Australian GT Championship qualifying sessions in the #63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Hackett put his stamp on proceedings on his second lap in each of the 15-minute sessions before going even faster on his next lap on both occasions.

His best time in the Eggleston Motorsport entry was ultimately a 1:27.7283s set on Lap 3 of Qualifying 2.

Steve Richards/Ricky Capo will start Race 1 from the outside of the front row after the former was faster in the #100 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 in Qualifying 1 with a 1:28.3849.

Fraser Ross improved by over 0.4s from session to session to go third-fastest on combined times in the #59 YNA Autosport McLaren 650S, while Cameron McConville earned fourth for the #6 Wall Racing Lamborghini Huracan which he is sharing with Adrien Deitz.

Liam Talbot (Walkinshaw GT3 Porsche 911 GT3 R) recorded 1:29.0s times in both sessions to qualify fifth, where he will start alongside the Miedecke Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 of father and son Andrew and George Miedecke which missed practice due to a coil pack failure.

Yasser Shahin might have pinched a spot on the front row but his fastest lap of Qualifying 2 was affected by traffic in the form of the #50 M Motorsport KTM X-Bow GT4 at the Turn 8 hairpin.

It was still the fastest lap (1:29.2677s) for the #777 The Bend Mercedes-AMG GT3 which will be joined on Row 4 by 2017 Australian GT champion Geoff Emery (#1 Jamec-Pem Audi R8 LMS GT3).

Australian GT Championship leader Tony Bates (#24 KFC Audi R8 LMS GT3) and Trophy Series leader Nick Kelly (#99 Industrie Audi R8 Ultra GT3) rounded out the top 10.

The #96 Hobson Motorsport Nissan GT-R of Brett Hobson was less than 0.04s outside in 11th position.

The fastest of the two GT4 entries was the aforementioned X-Bow thanks to Trent Harrison’s effort in Qualifying 1 (1:36.1909s), 22nd outright of the 24-strong field, in the car which he is co-driving with David Crampton.

While Hackett’s benchmark was far from a practice/qualifying lap record, it was over 0.7s faster than that which Kelvin van der Linde clocked on his way to pole at SMP last year.

Race 1 of the penultimate round of the season, to be run over 40 minutes, starts today at 1550 local time/AEST.

Results: Qualifying (Combined)

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Class Sess. Fastest lap Split
1 63 Eggleston Motorsport Peter Hackett Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH Q2 1:27.7283
2 100 BMW Team SRM S.Richards
BMW M6 GT3 CH Q1 1:28.3849 0:00.6566
3 59 Total Oil / Opti-Coat / Logite Fraser Ross McLaren 650S GT3 CH Q2 1:28.4456 0:00.7173
4 6 Wall Racing A.Deitz
Lamborghini Huracan CH Q1 1:28.6248 0:00.8965
5 911 Walkinshaw GT3 Liam Talbot Porsche 911 GT3 R CH Q2 1:29.0024 0:01.2741
6 95 Miedecke Motorsport / Magswitc A.Miedecke
Aston Martin Vantage CH Q1 1:29.1378 0:01.4095
7 777 The Bend Motor Sport Park Yasser Shahin Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH Q2 1:29.2677 0:01.5394
8 1 Valvoline Geoff Emery Audi R8 LMS CH Q2 1:29.4035 0:01.6752
9 24 KFC/Ctech Laser/Moveitnet/B&B Tony Bates Audi R8 LMS CH Q2 1:29.9908 0:02.2625
10 99 Industrie Nick Kelly Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR Q2 1:30.2264 0:02.4981
11 96 Hobson Motorsport / Hi-Tech Oi Brett Hobson Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 CH Q1 1:30.2646 0:02.5363
12 25 BTE Bulk Transport Equipment / Ryan How Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR Q2 1:31.0156 0:03.2873
13 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH Q2 1:31.1152 0:03.3869
14 19 Hogs Breath Cafe / Griffith Co Mark Griffith Mercedes Benz GT3 CH Q2 1:31.2770 0:03.5487
15 23 Kentucky Fried Chicken Matthew Stoupas Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR Q2 1:31.3038 0:03.5755
16 7 Local Legends Beef Jerky Tony Quinn Aston Martin Vantage CH Q2 1:31.4903 0:03.7620
17 147 Superfluid Dave Stevens Ferrari 458 GT3 TR Q2 1:31.9091 0:04.1808
18 188 E.A.T. Furniture Rio Nugara Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR Q2 1:32.3518 0:04.6235
19 49 M Motorpsort J.McMillan
Lamborghini RE-X CH Q2 1:32.8866 0:05.1583
20 991 Perfect Auto Body Vincent Muriti Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR Q2 1:33.3134 0:05.5851
21 29 Haemokinesis / Trofeo Estate / Jim Manolios Lamborghini Huracan CH Q1 1:35.5357 0:07.8074
22 50 Vantage Freight / M Motorsport D.Crampton
Reiter KTM X-Bow GT4 Q1 1:36.1909 0:08.4626
23 12 Aranik Racing J.Nikolovski
Ferrari 458 Challenge TR Q1 1:36.4393 0:08.7110
24 67 JMG / Bilstein Jeremy Gray Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Q1 1:36.6242 0:08.8959

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