Drivers gear up for Hampton Downs 101
The hum of race cars echoed from Hampton Downs as drivers clocked speeds of up to 290kmh in preparation for this weekend's motorsport event.
The Australian GT Series will headline the Hampton Downs 101, a major international motorsport event and the official reopening of Hampton Downs after a $30 million upgrade.
The youngest men in the pit on Friday were eight-year-old Lincoln Whiddett and 11-year-old Ryder Quinn.
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Ryder loves looking at the different cars, listening to the noises they make and watching how fast they go.
"One of my best dreams would probably be to race with my grandpa Tony Quinn, my dad Klark Quinn and me. Like a big endurance race."
Tony Quinn bought Hampton Downs last year and spent $30m upgrading the venue, including 1.2km track extension, turning it into a 4km international grand prix circuit.
It's a different place to what it was 12 to 14 months ago, he said.
"The feel before was like cancer or death, whereas now it's more like life ... all the guys are buzzing."
He said the upgrade is the start of a journey for Hampton Downs.
"Everything has been built to last 20 years and we just need to make it a good show."
Quinn is a part of a two-car team.
He has partnered up with New Zealand motorsport legend Greg Murphy in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and his son Klark is driving a McLaren 650S GT3 with New Zealand drift driver "Mad Mike" Whiddett.
It is the first time Hampton Down's has hosted one of New Zealand's premier endurance races.
Drivers will race around the track for three hours to complete the 101 lap event.
Support categories include Central Muscle Cars, GTRNZ, Aussie Racing Cars and drift driver Whiddett.