Quinn keen to be king of Coronet hill climb
From one car race to another – Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn will be racing his GTR in the Coronet Peak Hill Climb this weekend and will be looking for a win. The car, thought to be worth hundreds of thousands, was pipped last year by the Evo Outram driver Glen Frew built in his garage. Also joining the anticipated 50-car field this weekend is Aucklander Clark Proctor in his Mark I Escort sporting a turbo V8, a couple of Ford Capris, Ford Escorts, several WRXs, a Suzuki Baleno, a VW Corrado and possibly more of the GT cars that raced at the Highlands 101 last weekend. Clerk of course for the Queenstown Car Club organised event Nigel Ede said he was thrilled with the high level of entries. The race returned to the circuit about four years ago when the club came out of recession, and was quickly growing in popularity. Pre-bookings were already higher than last year’s event, which was also a qualifying round of the Motorsport NZ Hill Climb Championship. ‘‘It’s something people want to put on their bucket list,’’ Ede said. ‘‘It’s quite a challenging road. It’s quite fast and it’s quite technical to get up there. It takes a bit of skill to get around some of the hairpins there.’’
Aiming high: Tony Quinn’s GTR, which he hopes will win the Coronet Peak Hill Climb this weekend.