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Rally Tasmania 2009: Nissan GT-R Victorious!

February 15, 2009 Comments off

Tony Quinn and Jim Richards again challenged each other on the final day of Rally Tasmania 2009 but Quinn and his GT-R proved too much for the Porsche GT2 and was able to beat it in 5 out of the final 6 stages.

On the penultimate stage Quinn’s lead was just 4.6 seconds but he opened the taps on the final stage to finish 14.4 seconds ahead of second place Jim Richards.

Tony Quinn and co-driver Naomi Tillet’s victory make this the second Australian tarmac rally win for the Nissan R35 GT-R after Steven Jones’ victory at Quit Targa West in September.

“It’s great to win a fantastic event,

“We had to push really hard today to keep Jim (Richards) at bay, but we managed to bring it home.

“We have not had any problems all weekend. The car has been terrific, and will only get better if it is wet in future events.”
– Tony Quinn

Tony Alford and Kelley Handley also finished strongly maintaining their fifth position just 3 minutes 44 seconds behind the race leader.

This year was an extremely close finish but the GT-R is really beginning to show it’s ability in the tarmac rally sport. Tony Quinn is right on the money when he mentions that the competition better look out if it’s wet. Targa Tasmania is coming up fast and any slippery conditions may upset the rear-wheel drive GT2 crews.

Congratulations to the VIP Petfoods and Donut King Racing teams for bringing home these great results!

Don’t forget to check out our photo gallery after the jump!

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Rally Tasmania 2009: Nissan GT-R Leads the Pack on Day Two

February 14, 2009 Comments off

An exciting day of back and forth between race leader Tony Quinn in his VIP Petfoods Nissan GT-R and Jim Richards in the Porsche GT2 today which ultimately resulted in an amazingly close finish for the day with Tony Quinn up just 1 second in front of Richards.

A solid day of racing for Tony Alford in the Donut King Racing R35 GT-R saw him climb to fifth position.

Today’s the final leg of the race, we’ll bring you another update at the end of the day.

Current Position Car # Driver Time Total
1 55 Tony Quinn 1:09:00.5
2 51 Jim Richards 1:09:02.5
3 52 Jamie Vandenburg 1:09:57.0
4 53 Tony Longhurst 1:10:08.9
5 57 Tony Alford 1:11:40.3

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Link: Rally Tasmania related articles on GTRBlog

Rally Tasmania 2009: Quinn’s GT-R Hot on the Heels of Richards’ GT2

February 13, 2009 Comments off

Rally Tasmania got off to a great start today for Tony Quinn in his VIP Petfoods Nissan R35 GT-R. At the end of the day he finished second just 3.4 seconds behind Jim Richards who’s driving his Porsche 911 GT2.

Quinn is very happy with the car so far but knows it’s going to be a challenge to chase Richards in the dry conditions.

Donut King Racing GT-R #1 is also entered in Rally Tasmania driven by Tony Alford. Alford finished up 6th overall at the end of the first day and is also happy with the GT-R’s performance after having solved the brake issues which troubled them at Targa Wrest Point. The tyres are taking longer than desired to get up to temperature but are looking forward to the longer stages at Savage River as this is where the GT-R will shine.

Rally Tasmania continues Saturday and Sunday, good luck guys. Stay tuned for updates!

Thanks to Joel Strickland for the photos and story.

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