Tony Quinn says that he ‘just didn’t try hard enough’ during last weekend’s Hampton Downs 500 after finishing fifth alongside co-driver Andrew Waite.
The duo piloted the #7 Darrell Lea Stix McLaren 650s to a spot in the top five, following an eleventh place start in Round 3 of the Australian Endurance Championship at the New Zealand venue.
Quinn started the race, moving his way up to seventh position in the early stages, before pitting on Lap 39 and Lap 63, the latter to hand over to co-driver Waite.
Waite took over the McLaren in ninth, rapidly marching his way up to fifth and even challenging for fourth place when he started to close down on the Mega Racing Porsche of Liam Talbot and John Martin in the final laps – falling just 3-seconds short at the chequered flag.
Quinn, who owns the Hampton Downs circuit, outlined how complicated an endurance race can be to due to the varying factors involved, as well as extending congratulations to the podium place getters.
“Look honestly, it was a really good day,” said Quinn at the conclusion of the race.
“You can never predict how an endurance race is going to work out, it’s just incredible.
“The guys that won it, everyone on the podium – perfect job.
“We just didn’t quite try hard enough, but there’s always next time. Andrew [Waite] did an awesome job and it’s the first time we’ve driven together.
“He’s a great character, great personality and I’m sure he’ll be in with us again.”
Quinn also said what a tough race it was for him to try and keep up with the front runners and the quicker, Pro drivers.
“For me personally, and for a lot of the other guys it was a hot race and it a was tough.
“The guys were going hard so we were just trying to keep up – but we did a great job, everybody did and Pete [Peter Hackett] and Dom [Dominic Storey] who won it are really great!”