Rac­ing stars com­pete at High­lands


About 30 GT cars and rac­ers will be hosted in Cromwell at High­lands to wrap up the sea­son and com­pete for an Aus­tralian GT ti­tle.

New Zealand mo­tor rac­ing stars Greg Mur­phy and Tony Quinn will pair up for the com­pe­ti­tion.

High­landers 101 changed ’’dra­mat­i­cally’’ since Mur­phy par­tic­i­pated three years ago, he said.

‘‘It’s a very im­pres­sive cham­pi­onship now and it’s re­ally found a niche in Aus­trala­sia. It’s not just in this part of the world ei­ther.’’

Mur­phy was ex­cited to get back be­hind the wheel of a GT and ex­pe­ri­ence the de­vel­op­ment in Aus­tralian GT first hand. The car line-up in­cludes Lam­borgh­i­nis, Fer­raris, Aston Martins, McLarens, Porsches, Ginet­tas and As­caris.

‘‘With trac­tion con­trol, ABS and aero­dy­nam­ics, they’re a very dif­fer­ent ma­chine to get be­hind the wheel of,’’ he said.

High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park will be ac­tion-packed from Novem­ber 11 to 13, when the Aust- ralian En­durance and GT cham­pi­ons will be de­cided.

The week­end will fea­ture en­ter­tain­ment on and off the track, in­clud­ing chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties on the top ter­race, and a se­lec­tion of food and re­fresh­ment ven­dors in key spec­ta­tor ar­eas. Park­ing for vis­i­tors will be free, as will en­try for un­der 16 yearolds.

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