Eggleston Motorsport’s Dominic Storey says he didn’t think a win in last weekend’s Hampton Downs 500 was possible after starting the race from the back end of the top ten.
Storey and co-driver Peter Hackett took a dominant victory in the race after rolling the dice and executing a different strategy to the norm, emerging on the top step of the podium at the end of the 500km hit out.
The Autex Mercedes-AMG GT3 set off Round 3 of the Australian Endurance Championship from ninth position as a result of a penalty dished out by stewards.
Storey qualified the car in second during Saturday’s Top 10 Shootout, but received the grid drop after it was judged they arrived at pit exit too late for their Shootout lap.
Despite starting on the back foot, Hackett charged through the field in the early stages before handing the #63 entry over to Storey in the lead on Lap 61.
The young Kiwi extended his already mammoth lead, finishing the race 27-seconds ahead of anyone else, claiming it was the easiest race he’s ever done.
“I didn’t think it was possible from where we started,” said Storey.
“Pete [Peter Hackett] did a fantastic stint – he got into the lead and I just had to do my job really.
“The car was so easy to drive, I was comfortable all the way to the end and just cruising home, so it’s just fantastic.
“It was an easy race, easy for me – probably the easiest race I’ve ever done.”
Storey now has his focus trained on the final round of the Australian Endurance Championship at Highlands next weekend.
He also admitted Hackett and himself are not thinking about the championship standings, where they currently sit only 76-points adrift of series leader Tim Miles and Jaxon Evans after closing the gap with their recent win.
“[We’re] looking ahead to Highlands now,” added Storey.
“Pete did a fantastic job there last year and got a good result, whether we can get the win, we’ll just have to wait and see on the day.
“We’re not going to be thinking about the championship, we’ll just focus on the next race and see what happens.”
The Highlands 501 will take place from November 10-12.