Team Australia looking at new Aussie Following his outstanding success in F4000 and his A1 Grand Prix test, 28-year old Peter Hackett has been invited to test for Craig Gore's Team Australia in America. Peter was a recent guest of the team at Montreal.
Peter was born in Sydney, Australia. Now aged 28, he is dedicated to fulfilling his ambition of becoming a world class, professional racing driver.
After graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Sports Science degree, Peter sold his car, and his beloved golf clubs, to finance a trip to England.
He enrolled in the world famous Jim Russell Drivers School. He made a considerable impression on the Managing Director of the school, who offered Peter a working position with the school, in order to provide him with more racing experience.
Peter drove in the School's International Series in 1995, racing the Formula Vauxhall Junior with a great deal of success.
He won his first two races at Donington Park, England, and also had a second and a third. Without competing in all races in the series, he still finished third outright.
In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious Jim Russell World Scholarship, and went on to race in the 1996 British Formula Ford Championship.
Peter is a fully qualified advanced driving instructor, and holds Australian and international motor racing licenses. Now back in Australia, he is currently the senior instructor for Mercedes Benz Australia. Peter also teaches at the John Bowe Institute of Driving, and at Porsche Cars Australia in the high performance programs.
In November 1999, Peter completed work on two television commercials for Toyota Australia, in which he appears as himself: Formula 3 racing driver. The commercials have been very well received by Toyota. Peter’s talent and personal presentation skills are regarded as being of the highest order.
His ambition is to race open wheelers in Australia and overseas. He has set himself the goal of achieving a top level drive in either Formula One, or Champ Cars, within five years.
In 2000 he finished runner-up in the Australian Formula 3 Championship, a result he bettered the following year when he won the 2001 Championship. In 2002, after trying to land a drive in the difficult European market, Peter consolidated his standing in open-wheeler racing by finishing 6th in the Australian Formula 3 Championship, despite only competing in half the races. 2003 sees Peter returning to Formula 3, this time with the Aircon Racing team, who will supply Peter with a potential championship-winning car, the Renault-Sodemo powered Dallara F301.