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Quinn’s rare display of Triple Eight delight

MOTORSPORT mogul Tony Quinn has offered a glowing assessment of Triple Eight Race Engineering’s first year since a major managerial overhaul.

Quinn bought a 40 percent stake in Triple Eight in February 2021 as part of the powerhouse organisation’s succession plan, whereby founder Roland Dane retired from a full-time capacity at the end of last year and sold his entire shareholding.

In his place, Jamie Whincup upped his slice of the pie and retired from regular racing to take over as team principal and managing director.

That in turn left the squad’s driving ranks with something of an unknown as rookie Broc Feeney replaced seven-time champion Whincup, not to mention the departure of stalwart engineer David Cauchi.

But for all the destabilisation, Triple Eight enters this weekend’s Adelaide season finale with both the drivers’ and teams’ championships already sewn up.

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“There was a moment in time when it could have turned to shit, to be honest,” Quinn told V8 Sleuth.

“Had we not done so well this year and Jamie for example had made a few bad calls or whatever, it could have really turned to shit, but as you can see quite the opposite has happened.

“So from an investor point of view, it’s been a delight to be quite honest.

“I only wish that the rest of the teams up and down pitlane could keep up with Triple Eight.”

That last comment largely relates to the Gen3 project which will debut in 2023. Triple Eight has acted as the General Motors homologation team.

“I think that without Triple Eight there would be no Gen3 car coming on the market,” Quinn elaborated.

“We have contributed an extraordinary amount of time and skill, particularly in the engineering drawing stuff, we have done all of the drawings for the cars with little or no credit to be quite honest.

“If everybody else had the same passion about it, it would have been an easier journey for everybody, I think.”

Besides managing his recovery from a brutal Porsche Carrera Cup Australia crash at Townsville in July, Quinn has continued to drive upgrades at the Queensland Raceway circuit he owns, the latest of which is the creation of a new circuit crossover.

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