Hackett beats Talbot to AGT Race 3 honours

Saturday 4th August, 2018 - 5:49pm

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Peter Hackett

Peter Hackett has beaten Liam Talbot to victory in the final race of the weekend for the Australian GT Championship at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight 300.

Hackett made a crucial pass on the Porsche driver in the early stages of the shortened 30 minute race, maintaining his nerve in a tense conclusion as Talbot tried to close in.

The Mercedes-AMG pilot held on for victory ahead of Talbot and Fraser Ross, as Geoff Emery and Brett Hobson completed the top five thanks to an impressive race from the Nissan GT-R driver who started seventh.

Talbot managed to nose ahead at the start and pull clear by the time he got down to Turn 1, leading ahead of Hackett.

After Talbot ran wide on the exit of Turn 5 on Lap 2, Hackett seized the opportunity and moved by the Porsche with a brave move.

The Queenslander tried the switch back at Turn 6, however, and dived up the inside of Hackett, taking to the kerb and grass before ultimately settling for second.

Ross (McLaren 650s GT3) got by Yasser Shahin (Mercedes-AMG GT3) in the early stages at Turn 10 to take fourth, and the McLaren then had Emery in its crosshairs.

Shahin was shuffled back another position as Cameron McConville (Lamborghini Huracan GT3) slid by for fifth and then Steve Richards (BMW M6 GT3) also made a move on the Mercedes driver.

As he had done in each of the weekend’s races, Hackett brought the Eggleston Motorsport car in as soon as the compulsory pit stop window opened while Talbot continued on.

The decision proved fruitful for Hackett who emerged comfortably in front of Emery as Talbot dived in for his CPS with 10 minutes to go.

Upon rejoining, Talbot immediately had to defend from Emery at Turn 2 after losing the lead, holding onto second as the latter then came under fire from Ross who got by for third.

Hackett and Talbot then exchanged quick laps but the former managed the gap until the chequered flag.

Ricky Capo brought the BMW he shares with Richards home in sixth, with the Miedecke Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage finishing seventh.

Shahin, Mark Griffith (Mercedes-AMG GT3) and Tony Bates (Audi R8 LMS GT3) rounded the top 10.

Dave Stevens (Ferrari 458 GT3) got by 16-year old Ryan How (Audi R8 Ultra) to grab the Trophy class victory.

Jeremy Gray (Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT4) eased to GT4 honours after the only other car in the class was involved in a crash during Race 2.

Ross has this weekend taken over the lead of the Australian GT Championship from Tony Bates.

That title, and the Australian Endurance Championship which is currently led by Max Twigg/Tony D’Alberto, will be decided when the final round takes place at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in New Zealand from October 13-14.

Results: Race 3 Updated*

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Class Laps Race time
1 63 Eggleston Motorsport Peter Hackett Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 18 31:36.5103
2 911 Walkinshaw GT3 Liam Talbot Porsche 911 GT3 R CH 18 31:38.2702
3 59 Total Oil / Opti-Coat / Logite Fraser Ross McLaren 650S GT3 CH 18 31:48.2710
4 1 Valvoline Geoff Emery Audi R8 LMS CH 18 31:50.6705
5 100 BMW Team SRM S.Richards
R.Capo
BMW M6 GT3 CH 18 32:03.9573
6 95 Miedecke Motorsport / Magswitc Andrew Miedecke Aston Martin Vantage CH 18 32:11.6688
7 777 The Bend Motor Sport Park Yasser Shahin Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 18 32:18.8905
8 19 Hogs Breath Cafe / Griffith Co Mark Griffith Mercedes Benz GT3 CH 18 32:19.2710
9 24 KFC/Ctech Laser/Moveitnet/B&B Tony Bates Audi R8 LMS CH 18 32:24.6522
10 222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Scott Taylor Mercedes-AMG GT3 CH 18 32:29.5437
11 96 Hobson Motorsport / Hi-Tech Oi Brett Hobson Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 CH 18 32:33.0047
12 147 Superfluid Dave Stevens Ferrari 458 GT3 TR 18 32:36.1400
13 25 BTE Bulk Transport Equipment / Ryan How Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 18 32:36.4112
14 23 Kentucky Fried Chicken Matthew Stoupas Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 18 32:37.0965
15 7 Local Legends Beef Jerky Tony Quinn Aston Martin Vantage CH 18 32:43.8131
16 6 Wall Racing A.Deitz
C.McConville
Lamborghini Huracan CH 18 32:47.8601
17 188 E.A.T. Furniture Rio Nugara Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 18 32:54.2368
18 991 Perfect Auto Body Vincent Muriti Audi R8 LMS Ultra TR 18 33:02.7650
19 29 Haemokinesis / Trofeo Estate / Jim Manolios Lamborghini Huracan CH 17 32:23.9191
20 67 JMG / Bilstein Jeremy Gray Aston Martin Vantage GT4 17 32:55.7217
21 12 Aranik Racing Johnny Nikolovski Ferrari 458 Challenge TR 16 31:44.2607

* Post-race penalty for Car #96

Standings: Australian GT Championship Updated

Pos Driver Pts
1 Fraser Ross 847
2 Peter Hackett 831
3 Steve Richards 812
4 Geoff Emery 792
5 Tony Bates 784
6 Liam Talbot 783
7 Max Twigg 640
Tony D’Alberto 640
8 Scott Taylor 589
9 Daniel Gaunt 578
10 Michael Almond 515
11 Craig Baird 428
12 John Martin 417
13 Jaie Robson 408
14 Adrian Deitz 400
Cam McConville 400
15 Yasser Shahin 379
16 Tony Quinn 361
17 Garth Tander 329
18 Jake Fouracre 328
19 Jim Manolios 320
20 Duvashen Padayachee 316
21 Tony Walls 308
Warren Luff 308
22 Ash Samadi 286
23 Dylan O’Keeffe 266
24 Luke Youlden 249
Shane van Gisbergen 249
26 Rick Capo 233
27 Mark Griffith 204
28 Andrew Fawcett 196
Jonny Reid 196
29 Jaxon Evans 185
30 Dean Canto 161
31 Dominic Storey 135
32 David Reynolds 114
33 Dean Koutsoumidis 108
34 Brett Hobson 103
35 Marc Cini 94
36 Peter Edwards 87
37 Glen Wood 80
38 Andrew Miedecke 66
George Miedecke 66
39 Dean Grant 64
40 Justin McMillan 28

Standings: Australian GT Trophy Series

Pos Driver Pts
1 Nick Kelly 687
2 Rio Nugara 657
3 Matthew Stoupas 655
4 John Morriss 486
5 Dave Stevens 467
6 Vince Muriti 268
7 Ryan How 207
8 Dale Paterson 205
9 Luke Seidler 162
Chris Seidler 162
10 Joseph Ensabella 161
11 John Nikolovski 83
Jamie Arratoon 83
12 Wayne Mack 81
13 Daniel Stuttered 80
14 Michael Loccisano 78
15 Jan Jinadasa 77
16 Shane Barwood 68
17 Nick Karnaros 54
18 Sam Fillmore 37

Standings: Australian GT4

Pos Driver Pts
1 Jeremy Gray 918
2 David Crampton 619
Trent Harrison 619
3 Justin McMillan 476
4 Glen Wood 336
5 Daren Jorgensen 315
Brett Strom 315
4 Andrew Miedecke 297
6 Xavier West 189
7 Mark Griffith 175
8 Victor Zagame 174
9 Coleby Cowham 135
Mark Caine 135
10 Vince Tresoriero 54
11 Harrison Jones 14
12 Rio Nugara 12

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