Tony Quinn Makes 100th Australian GT Start

Photo: Australian GT

Photo: Australian GT

Tony Quinn has become the first driver in history to make 100 Australian GT Championship race starts.

When he lined up on the grid for Race 2 at Albert Park, he became the first driver to reach triple digits in a career that began at Sandown 2008.

Since then, Quinn has enjoyed a successful career with 11 race wins and 38 podium positions.

He sits seventh on the all-time winners list, while only Australian GT Championship winners Klark Quinn, David Wall and Bryce Washington have claimed more podium positions.

“The highlight for me was when we came to the Grand Prix and I set the lap record in the Aston,” Quinn said.

“It stood for five years because we didn’t come back here for fives years! That was good because I was up on the podium and everything. Bathurst was a highlight too.

“I’m nine years older,” he smiled when asked about the changes he’d seen during his nine years in the category, “and it makes a big difference!

“Everybody needs to be on warning that when you’re 55 you my as well forget about Ron Dennis giving you a call, because he’s not gunna!”

Quinn’s first win came at Bathurst in 2010, taking out both races across the weekend before backing up that effort next time out at Sandown.

In 2013 he finished second to Richard Muscat in the Championship race.

Quinn purchased Australian GT in 2011 and has overseen its rapid expansion to also include the CAMS Australian Endurance Championship and CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series presented by Pirelli.

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