Big plans as Hampton Downs sale complete

Hampton Downs’ co-founder Tony Roberts(left) with new owner Tony Quinn

Hampton Downs’ co-founder Tony Roberts(left) with new owner Tony Quinn

A go-kart track, another skid pan and a one-kilometre track extension planned

Tony Quinn, the owner of Highlands Motorsport Park, is excited about seeing the full potential of his recently-acquired Hampton Downs facility realised over the next 16 months, and how it will complement his existing motorsport venue in Central Otago.
The purchase of the north Waikato race track and its surrounding 150 hectares was completed last Tuesday and will be re-launched with a major international event in November 2016.
“I’ve been sharing some of my plans with Hampton’s managing director Tony Roberts, operations manager Gary Stirling, and business and marketing manager Claire Gullidge, who are all staying in their existing roles for at least six months,” Quinn says.
“What I’ve asked them to do over the next week or so is write down all the things we should be doing that will make a practical benefit to the park, its operation, and look and feel, so we can get all these things going.”
Quinn then intends to have tender documents produced fairly quickly for the bigger projects, such as the construction of corporate suites and a control tower above the pit-lane garages, a go-kart track, a second skid pan and a track extension which will add a kilometre to the existing 2.8km layout, so quotes can be obtained and contracts issued over the winter for work to start in spring.
“There are four or five different projects which can all be tackled by different contractors at the same time without affecting the day-to-day track operation.
There’ll be a flurry of activity when spring sets in and I expect a fair bit of finished work by Christmas and into early New Year.

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