Peter Hackett joins Triple Eight for Bathurst finale
Former GT regular and race winner Peter Hackett will contest the final round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at Bathurst, partnering Prince Jefri Ibrahim in the Triple Eight Race Engineering Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Replacing regular co-driver Shane van Gisbergen due to his Bathurst 1000 commitments, Hackett is recognised as one of the most successful GT drivers in Australia.
Since partnering with Erebus Motorsport to give Mercedes-Benz its debut in the class more than a decade ago with the SLS GT3, his results include winning the 2017 Australian Endurance Championship and Australian GT Trophy in 2012.
Hackett also finished runner up in the precursor to GT World Challenge Australia, the Australian GT Championship in 2019 after finishing third the previous season, all with Mercedes.
As Chief Driving Instructor for Mercedes-Benz AMG Australia for close to 20 years, Hackett will renew this association on the race track once again.
“I’ve done a lot of cool things and to be asked to help Jefri with his campaign in the final round of the GT World Challenge Australia is a real honour,” Hackett said.
“The expectation is to come here, put it on pole and help Jefri win. I’ve driven lots of nice cars with plenty of cool people, but I’m here to do a job.
“The priority for me is to help Jefri win a championship.”
Triple Eight Race Engineering took victory at the Mountain during Easter’s support events to the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour with van Gisbergen and Prince Ibrahim, but the inclusion of Hackett ensures the team will be a strong contender to replicate the result.
Hackett, Ibrahim and Triple Eight have taken the opportunity to get acquainted with testing miles at the Challenge Bathurst event at Mount Panorama this week, banking laps around the famous mountain circuit.
“It’s been great to get familiar with the team at Challenge Bathurst. Even in this short time already, it has been incredible to begin to learn new procedures, and understand new philosophies,” Hackett explained.
“When you come into the Triple Eight fold, it is so much more precise, so much more efficient, so much more professional than you could even imagine.
The final round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at Bathurst is on November 30-December 3.