Former A1GP star is back for Hampton Downs GT3 race

Former A1GP star is back for Hampton Downs GT3 race
October 12, 2017 | 11:15 am | Author: Steven Wright

The Kiwi who made his mark in the old A1GP category is back and will make his return at the Laser Plumbing & Electrical Hampton Downs 500 later this month.

The 34-year-old, Jonny Reid has stepped away from professional racing in recent years but will make his racing return in one of the three International Motorsport Audi R8 Ultra GT3s, with Neil Foster.

“I’ll be in one of those having a bit of fun – that is what I call it these days,” Reid told nzherald.co.nz.

“It is a way just to keep enjoying my driving. It is endurance racing so it is two drivers, one car for these races, which are three hours long.”

“There are bigger races coming up potentially with the Bathurst 12 Hour so it is good lead-in for that.”

“Some of these guys we are up against are racing a lot more than me these days. It is the first Australian GT event that Neil and I have got involved with.”

They both teammed up at the most recent South Island Endurance meeting in Christchurch to run second. Despite that success he isn’t expecting huge returns at Hampton Downs.

Reid would be keen to race at the Bathurst 12 Hour, or even the Hampton Downs 12 Hour next year but isn’t keen to return racing professionally, only for the fun.

“I would look at that,” he said.

“There is no real desire for me to get back into racing at any professional level. It is more just about having fun and driving alongside guys like Neil in a team environment at International Motorsport.”

“I am quite happy. I just enjoy doing some of these events and working with someone like Neil. He has taken up racing a lot later in life – so working with someone like that and passing on some of the skills I developed in my younger years.

“I’ve been there and done that [racing as a professional] – it was one part of my life that I really enjoyed but I am quite happy to say that chapter is pretty well closed for me. I am here to run around and have some fun.”

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