Tony Quinn picks up Hampton Downs

3 June, 2015

It’s the start of a new chapter for Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, as it has recently been purchased by Highlands Motorsport Park owner and Australian pet food magnate Tony Quinn.

Hampton Downs opened in 2009, and Quinn has expressed an interest in purchasing the facility for a number of years — it was only after extensive negotiations that he was able to purchase, becoming Hampton Downs’ new owner on June 3.

Tony Quinn (R) purchases Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

For the first six months, Quinn will sit back and firm up his plans, but some plans are already in the works.

“A lot of what we want to do is pretty obvious, like finishing off the pit lane, extending the track, and building another skid pan down the bottom,” Quinn says. “By the end of the summer, maybe March–April next year [2016], a lot of those plans will be finished. Then I can see a grand opening of the track in November, 2016.”

Though nothing is set in stone as yet, it is thought that this grand opening may also play host to a New Zealand double-header finale to the Australian GT series. There is also speculation around an Asia-Pacific GT Cup at the event. Only time will tell, but it sure sounds as though Hampton Downs really will be stepping up to the international stage.

Travelling companion

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Super Leicht Gullwing

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