‘Greatest motorsport event’ on our doorstep

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A high-octane race meet billed the greatest motorsport event in New Zealand history revs up on Queenstown’s doorstep this weekend.

Thousands of petrol-heads are expected at Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park for three days action from tomorrow.

Highlands 101 features the final rounds of both the Australian GT Championship and South Island Endurance series.

More than $50 million worth of high-performance race car are expected to compete.

Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Chevrolet Corvettes and more will contest the Australian GT Championship – its first NZ visit.

On Sunday, the 42 fastest cars from all races will contest the Highlands 101 endurance race.

The 101 lap race, with each car driven by a team, features a modern take on the classic Le Mans race-to-your-cars start – co-drivers will have to contest a 250-metre footrace and grab an orange ribbon attached to the back of each car before they can start.

Millionaire track owner Tony Quinn: “We believe we’ve created a race that’s nothing like anything that’s been done in NZ for a number of years.

VIP Pet Food magnate Quinn hopes the race will be NZ’s answer to iconic Australian endurance race – the Bathurst 1000.

And he’s confident his own Darrel Lee Aston Martin DBR9, driven by himself and Kiwi racing star Fabian Coulthard, will be in the 42 racing on the 4.1km track.

Other big-name drivers are Kiwis Greg Murphy and Craig Baird, Australia’s John Bowe and Australian GT Championship leader Klark Quinn.

The Central Otago circuit’s first-ever national and international race meeting runs tomorrow until Sunday.

Single tickets and packages are available.