Tulloch inks deal on rare Camaro GT3 racer

00:39, Aug 28 2014
Highland Motorsport
The crowd and cars gathering at the Highland Motorsport in Cromwell.
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The crowd and cars gathering at the Highland Motorsport in Cromwell.
Tony Quinn
Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn in the pits with his Aston Martin DBR9.
Greg Murphy
Kiwi Motorsport ace Greg Murphy with the McLaren MP12C he is racing with Neil Crompton at Cromwell's Highlands 101.
Supercar action in the first official race at Cromwell's Highland Park motorsports complex.
Supercar action in the first official race at Cromwell's Highland Park motorsports complex.
Highlands 101 in Cromwell
The McLaren MP4-12C GT3 of Greg Murphy and Neil Crompton makes a pit stop during the Highlands 101 meeting in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 in Cromwell
Winners are grinners as Fabian Coulthard and Tony Quinn are interviewed after winning the Highlands 101 endurance race in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 in Cromwell
The Fabian Coulthard/Tony Quinn driven Aston Martin gets the chequered flag to win the Highlands 101 endurance race in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 in Cromwell
The Le Mans style start to the Highlands 101 endurance race in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 in Cromwell
Highlands 101 endurance race winners Fabian Coulthard and Tony Quinn are flanked by other placegetters as the champagne is sprayed in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 in Cromwell
Spectators mingle with competitors and inspect supercars and other race cars in a grid walk before the start of the Highlands 101 endurance race in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 in Cromwell
The Porsche GT3 of Rick Armstrong and Matthew Hamilton was the top South Island Endurance Race Series entrant in the Highlands 101 endurance race at Cromwell, finishing seventh.
Highlands 101 endurance race
Greg Murphy sits in the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 prior to the start of the Highlands 101 endurance race in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 endurance race
Spectators flock around the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 during a special grid walk prior to the start of the Highlands 101 endurance race in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 endurance race
Australian Jason Bright poses in front of his driver, an Audi R8 supercar, prior to the start of the Highlands 101 endurance race in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 endurance race
The Corvette GTCR of Jim Manolios and Ivan Capelli in the pits before race two of the Australian GT Championships at Highlands circuit in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 endurance race
Fabian Coulthard completes his 250 metre dash to rip the starting ribbon off his teammate, Tony Quinn's Aston Martin, during the Le Mans style start of the Highlands 101 endurance race in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 endurance race
The power plant in Jan Jindassa's Lamborghini Gallardo LP 520 ahead of Australian GT Championship supercar racing at Cromwell's Highlands circuit.
Highlands 101 endurance race
The sleek lines of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 supercar ahead of the final Australian GT Championship race at Cromwell's Highlands circuit.
Highlands 101 endurance race
The sleek lines of the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 supercar parked in front of an Aston Martin, Porsche GT3 and an Audi R8 of the final Australian GT Championship race at Cromwell's Highlands circuit.
Highlands 101 endurance race
Fabian Coulthard stands in front of the Aston Martin in that he shared driving duties with Tony Quinn at the Highlands event in Cromwell.
Highlands 101 endurance race
Greg Murphy talks performance with Andrew Kirkaldy, managing director of McLaren GT racing, after racing the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at Cromwell's Highlands circuit.
Highlands 101 endurance race
The Dodge Viper of Steve McLaughlan and Greg Crick makes a pass through pit lane during racing at Cromwell's Highlands circuit.
Highlands 101 endurance race
A tyre check for Jan Jindassa's Lamborghini Gallardo LP 520 before racing at Cromwell's Highlands circuit.
Highlands 101 endurance race
A tyre check for the Ferrari 458 GT3 of Dean Canto and Andrew Taplin before racing at Cromwell's Highlands circuit.
Highlands 101 endurance race
The cockpit of Mosler MT900 of Clark Procter and Steve Ross at Cromwell's Highlands circuit.

Southland motor-racing icon "Inky" Tulloch is importing a rare Chevrolet Camaro racer in GT3 spec for key New Zealand events.

Tulloch, the former Mayor of Mataura and Gore District and a successful businessman, has previously won numerous NZ and Australian motor racing titles in his four-plus decades of motorsport, including seven super truck championships.

The veteran has, however, developed a growing interesting in endurance racing and recently took the opportunity to test drive a 650 hp 7.9-litre V8 Camaro in Italy.

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There are only four Camaro GT3 cars in the world, all produced by German GT racing specialist Hans Reiter, founder and director of Reiter Engineering which has around 100 customers in Europe, America and Asia competing in Reiter-built Lamborghini GT race cars.

In 2013, Reiter established a new division, Sareni Camaro, to transform the world-famous American muscle car to a trendsetting GT racer. The Sareni Camaro is currently competing in ADAC GT Masters series and the Blancpain sprint series in the UK with some success.

"The Camaro GT3 is built with the reliability for endurance racing," says Tulloch. "That's why it appealed to me. It's very predictable to drive, with great handling, brakes and power.
 
"I also have a strong personal connection with Camaro, having won my first championship in a Camaro, the NZ GTX saloon car title, in the late 1970s."

Tulloch's Camaro GT3 will be only the second example to be raced by a team other than Reiter's.
 
"If everything goes to schedule the Camaro will be in New Zealand in early September," Tulloch says.

"It's already had some track time before it was packed into the container in Germany, but I may not get much time in it myself before the first event we hope to contest in September."
 
Following that event Tulloch is planning to be on the grid for the Highlands 101 meeting in November at Cromwell.

Tulloch says watching last year's inaugural Highlands 101 confirmed his thoughts of racing more enduros.

"I certainly got itchy feet watching the 101 last November and I know a few of the Australian GT Championship guys like Rod Salmon with whom I've contested the Bathurst 12 Hour.

"The enduro guys tend to be good group of racers with lots of racing experience, and there's a really supportive team atmosphere. It's also one form of motorsport which I haven't focused on before, so that lends a certain appeal too.

"I can see that endurance races will continue to rise in popularity with events like the Highlands 101. These events offer great racing for fans to enjoy, especially with the array of exotic cars we see in races like the 101. And in terms of racing a GT3-spec car, it's fantastic to think you can race it anywhere in the world where GT3 races are run; you've also got a wider market should you ever wish to sell it."

Tulloch's goal is to get to grips with the Camaro before he prepares to qualify for the Highlands 101. He says may also contest some or all of next year's Australian GT Championship.

November's Highlands 101 race features a modern take on the famous Le Mans running start and compulsory pit stops for the two drivers in each of the race cars as they vie for the chequered flag at the end of 101 laps, or around three-and-a-half intense and gruelling hours, on the 4.1 kilometre Highlands circuit.

The Highlands 101 event schedule includes the 101-lap endurance race as well as the final round of the Australian GT Championship season, plus racing from other categories such as the new Euromarque class created by Highlands which features 30-40 cars contesting three 10+1 (or 11-lap) races.

The Camaro is being imported for Tulloch by Justin McMillan, head of M-Motorsport, who is the agents for Reiter Engineering in Australia. McMillian will provide engineering support to Tulloch and co-ordinate a stock of spares for the Camaro; he also runs a Reiter Engineering-prepared Lamborghini Gallardo in the Australian GT Championship.

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"Inky" Tulloch is importing a Chevrolet Camaro GT3 like this one to race in New Zealand.
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