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Thursday, Oct 11 12:25pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Andrew Waite re-joins Tony Quinn for Hampton Downs 500

Andrew Waite will make his Australian GT Championship return with Tony Quinn at this weekend’s Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500.

 

The pair will race an Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in this weekend’s final fling for the Hampton Downs endurance event.

 

Waite last raced in the championship in the 2017 editions of the Hampton Downs 500 and Highlands 501. A year ago he was in a McLaren 650S GT3, but that car has since been sold to Glenn Smith.

 

It’ll be the first time Quinn’s Aston Martin has raced at the Hampton Downs 500 and the first time Waite has driven it too.

 

“I haven’t driven the Aston Martin yet, so it’ll be a bit foreign, but it shouldn’t take me too long at all to get up to speed,” Waite told velocitynews.co.nz.

 

“The GT3 cars these days are so well balanced. I don’t think it’ll be too much of an issue jumping straight into a car like that.

 

“With the Aston martin I’ve only heard good things. It’s quite a new car compared to what we were in last year. It’s a newer car, so I think it should be pretty good.

 

“It’s quite a bit different from the McLaren, and that was not the easiest to drive, so I’m hoping that the Aston Martin will be on the pace even more. We got a podium last year, hopefully we can step it up this year.”

 

Waite has kept a relatively low profile this year. The Queenstown-based driver has been racing in the China Endurance Series in an LMP3-specification Onroak Engineering-built Ligier JS-P3. 

 

Quinn comes into the final round of the Australian GT Championship in 13th and 18th in the Australian Endurance Championship. With nothing to lose, Waite said they’ll be looking to mix it up with the front runners.

 

“I certainly won’t be out there to upset anyone vying for the title, but we want to have a good crack at it too.

 

“It’s one of Tony’s tracks so it’d definitely be nice to get on the podium there for him.

 

“It is quite important to do our best. I don’t think Tony has actually been at the podium at Hampton Downs yet, so it’d be nice to drag the car through and get up on there.”

 

The Hampton Downs 500 takes place over October 12–14 at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Saturday sees a qualifying session and one 30-lap qualifying race to set the grid for Sunday’s 101-lap race.

 

The weekend is supported by the SsangYong Racing Series, Castrol BMW Race Driver Series, Pirelli Porsche Championship and ENZED Central Muscle Cars.

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