Thursday, Jul 12 12:27pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Tony Quinn sells Australian GT franchise

The Australian GT Championship has begun ‘a new era’ with the sale of the three pronged franchise to Jim Manolios.


The ownership takeover brings to an end Tony Quinn's seven-year stint as the owner of the championship, having bought the category for $250,000 in 2011.


The rights to the CAMS Australian GT Championship, CAMS Australian Endurance Championship, and the CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series will now be owned and operated by Trofeo Motorsport.


As the official importer, the Melbourne-based outfit have been long-time suppliers of the Pirelli tyre to the championship. The team also field a Lamborghini Huracan in the championship with Manolios at the helm on occasion.


“A number of new initiatives will be developed throughout the remainder of the 2018 season and planning for an exciting 2019 schedule is already well underway,” A statement by the category said.


“Trofeo Motorsport wishes to acknowledge the contribution former rights holder Tony Quinn has made to Australian GT, and looks forward to a bright and competitive future for the category.


“Immediate focus however is on the upcoming Red Rooster Sydney SuperNight, which will see the CAMS Australian GT Championship host its penultimate round on August 3 to 4.”


Australian outlet have reported current management team Ken and Margaret Collier will remain in their roles under the new ownership.


Despite selling the championship, Quinn confirmed he will remain on the grid for the next three years.


Quinn commended the efforts of the Australian GT management to date.


“It is not just me but Ken and the team of guys that have stuck with it have done a marvellous job,” Quinn told


“I think Jim, Ken and the team will continue with the good work and I think he has got a few good ideas for the calendar next year.


“I think Jim with guidance from Ken and Supercars will do a good job.


“I have put my hat in the ring to say if there is anything they want me to do then and that is free of charge.”


The final round of the Australian GT Championship takes place at the Quinn-owned Hampton Downs Motorsport Park over October 13–14.