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So you managed to get hold of one of the very first customer units of the brand new Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 … what would you do next? If you ask Tony Quinn living in Queenstown he would give you a rather unexpected answer … prepare if for racing in the 20th Anniversary Targa South Island event from Christchurch to Queenstown in late October.
Together with his wife Christina, Tony Quinn actually owns a house in Queenstown, so he would in fact be driving in his own backyard … and together with his co-driver Naomi Tillet, from Adelaide in South Australia they racked up winning no less than four consecutive Targa New Zealand stints, Quinn also opened the Highlands Motorsport Park near Cromwell a short while ago, so he can surely practice a lot before taking his new $500,000 toy onto the street in a competition.
So once Quinn received the keys to his new Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 he had a specialist working her to get it ready for competition, adding safety features like full roll cage, special fire extinguisher, race spec seats and multi point racing harness seat belts … all under close supervision of Independent Prestige, the local New Zealand Lamborghini representative.
Other than the required safety features this Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 was kept factory standard, so no engine tuning or custom exhaust … not even a special suspension has been fitted, so this could become a very interesting test of just how the new V10 Bull can keep up with some of the highly modified cars entered into this edition of the Targa New Zealand … about 120 entries in total actually.
The Targa New Zealand race will be held from October 27th to November 1st and will see some fierce competition tackling 807kms over 34 closed special stages linked by 1828km of open road transport stages … that should be great fun for the 57-year old businessman and his co-driver behind the wheel of their V10 Raging Bull.
However on the second day of the Targa New Zealand race, during the fifth stage of the day Quinn lost control of his Huracan and ended up in a field next to the road, fortunately both Naomi and Tony could get out of the car without serious injuries … but this did mean they dropped to a 13th place overall in the ranking.
In a short video we can hear Mr Quinn talk about the crash and the fact he will try to make sure to get the mangled Huracan back on the road to complete the Targa New Zealand on Friday and Saturday … if at all possible isn’t sure yet as it does look like there is some serious damage to the car, especially the chassis … even the airbag opened due to the impact.