Quinn lost for words after Taupō success

27 Apr
The inaugural Taupō event, held at the circuit Tony Quinn owns, welcomed a crowd of 67,411
2 mins by James Pavey
  • Tony Quinn lost for words at Taupō success

  • Over 67,000 fans take to inaugural Taupō event

  • Quinn also owns QR, Hampton Downs and Highlands

Tony Quinn cut a proud figure after the ITM Taupō Super400 marked a successful return to New Zealand for Supercars.

The inaugural Taupō event, held at the circuit Quinn owns, welcomed a crowd of 67,411 to the North Island venue.

It was special for Quinn, a long-time supporter and investor in motorsport, given to was the first time a circuit he owns hosted a Supercars round.

Critically, Quinn — who also owns Queensland Raceway, Hampton Downs and Highlands — said Taupō more than proved it was up to the task.

"I don’t have words for it, to be fair,” the Scottish-born businessman said.

“It was a fantastic weekend for everybody, from the fans, to the result for the government, the success of the track.

“For all those people who said when it was announced, that it could never happen in Taupō, the roads are not good enough, there’s not enough beds….”

Supercars drivers and teams, as well as Supercars chairman Barclay Nettlefold, have also backed the concept of a New Zealand double-header.

When asked about the prospect of more New Zealand rounds, Quinn — who also has shares in Triple Eight — said: “There has been a lot of talk, but I have a habit of of walking [the talk] as well. So, I think the talk will develop with the walk.

“I really want to devote a lot of my time that I’ve got left to motorsport.

"I’ve invested heavily into it, I love it, and we’re successful in it. Long may that continue."

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