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The mentor who guided BRT’s new team manager

SUPERCARS’ newest team manager has one person to thank for her burgeoning motorsport career: Tony Quinn.

V8 Sleuth broke the news this week that Kate Harrington has been appointed team manager of the Blanchard Racing Team’s main game program, with the 28-year-old to begin in the role before Christmas.

Harrington has spent the past three seasons with Tickford Racing, as its Super2 team manager and overall logistics manager.

But once upon a time, motorsport and Harrington did not go hand-in-hand.

“So, originally I actually never had an interest in motorsport,” she told V8 Sleuth.

“I went to university (in Otago, New Zealand) and studied law and aviation. I was going to become a lawyer or an air traffic controller, then Tony Quinn took me under his wing.”

Quinn is the Scottish motorsport mogul whose properties include four circuits (Queensland Raceway, Highlands, Hampton Downs and Taupo), the Aussie Racing Cars category, and a 40 percent share in Triple Eight.

Tony Quinn. Pic: Supplied

He also previously owned the Australian GT Championship.

“Tony was a massive part of my motorsport career and getting me to where I am,” Harrington continued.

“He has been a great mentor for me, I can’t pay enough credit to him.

“He’s a hard arse and tells you how it is and I really enjoyed that and I probably learnt a lot of that from him.

“So I started at Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand with him and then I came over here to work for him with GT, I ran the Australian GT category for a while, and then kind of fell into the Tickford role here.”

Kate Harrington at the 2023 VAILO Adelaide 500. Pic: Ross Gibb

BRT is undergoing a considerable expansion as it moves to two cars for 2024, with James Courtney and Aaron Love as its drivers.

It endured a difficult 2023 but finished on a solid note, Todd Hazelwood finishing 12th and 11th in the two Adelaide 500 races.

“We’ve had a fairly big three or four months and this weekend shows we can be competitive when we get things right,” said BRT boss Tim Blanchard.

“We’re now looking forward to expanding to two cars in 2024 and bringing new crew and new partners onboard.

“We will also have James Courtney with us and his wealth of experience will really help us to take the next step as a team.”

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