UPGRADE REQUIRED: Coffs Harbour’s Nathan Quinn will be one of a number of Australian drivers competing in the FIA World Rally Championship around Kyogle next year.
UPGRADE REQUIRED: Coffs Harbour’s Nathan Quinn will be one of a number of Australian drivers competing in the FIA World Rally Championship around Kyogle next year. TREVOR VEALE/COFFS COAST ADVOCATE

Coffs’ Quinn rallying for Kyogle

WHILE he would have to get a new Mitsubishi Lancer, a swankier safety suit and helmet, Coffs Harbour rally driver Nathan Quinn has declared himself a definite starter at next year’s Repco Rally Australia.

Rally organisers have laid out the welcome mat for local drivers to enter round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship which, subject to planning approval, will be held in the Kyogle and Tweed shires from September 3 to 6 next year.

It may also be a bid to bolster the line-up for the event after the withdrawal of the Suzuki and Subaru teams.

“If I am still alive and kicking, I definitely want to enter,” Quinn said.

“It is every driver’s dream to take on the world’s best and a good result at a world round should hopefully improve your potential to go further in the sport.”

Quinn said he planned to attend one of the competitor briefings rally organisers have scheduled for
Sydney (March 22), Melbourne (March 28) and Brisbane (early April).

“Organisers are going to great lengths to get Australian entries in,” Quinn said.

“I think they have made the entry fee cheaper for us and it is looking more and more feasible.

“The biggest hurdle for us getting to the start line is that he car we are currently running is too old for
the eligibility format.

“So we’d have to upgrade that and we are currently in negotiations to get a later model (Mitsubishi Lancer).

“We’d also have to spend quite a bit of money to bring our safety equipment up to international standards.

“They wear suits that are similar to the formula one drivers and we’d also have to get a new helmet.”

While Quinn has only spent two years on the Australian rally circuit, he harbours higher ambitions of one day following in the footsteps of Queensland’s Chris Atkinson and making it onto the world stage.

“For any driver to drive against the world’s best is a privilege,” Quinn said.

“It would be great when I am a grandfather one day to say that I competed in a world championship.

“It would also be good for us to measure our ability against the rest of the world.

“And to get exposure that could lead to future sponsorships and team drives.”

Quinn is coming off a horror run in the Rally of Canberra last weekend where he blew a tyre and then two stages later he said he ‘blew the engine to pieces’.

“We are only two rounds into the championship and I finished ninth last year, so I’m hoping for further improvement this year,” he said.

What do you think of the Repco Rally? Is it a danger to wildlife or a showcase for the north coast? Have your say below.

Read more...

Rally chairman hits back at critics
Repco Rally in fight over wildlife
Council chief defends rally role


'Dougie' the perfect fit at Tigerland

'Dougie' the perfect fit at Tigerland

New recruit sweeps awards after making switch to Tweed.

New busking policy is a cheaper option for street performers

New busking policy is a cheaper option for street performers

Tweed Mayor wants to reduce the cost of busking permits

Tweed Tigers toast 2018 club champions

Tweed Tigers toast 2018 club champions

Hawkins, Grimshaw and Shimizu top vote counts on presentation night.

Local Partners