Quinn keen to be king of Coronet hill climb

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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.

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