First class repair job: Nathan Quinn can thank the crew for finishing in fourth position overall at the Coffs Coast Rally on the weekend.
First class repair job: Nathan Quinn can thank the crew for finishing in fourth position overall at the Coffs Coast Rally on the weekend. Trevor Veale

Fans stunned by local rally driver

RALLY fans would’ve been stunned on Sunday morning to see local driver Nathan Quinn ready to drive on the final day of the Allied Air Conditioning Coffs Coast Rally.

On Saturday night most thought that the talented 24 year-old driver would take no further part in the rally after he damaged the radiator coming through a creek bed at Bushmans Range causing his engine to overheat and forcing his retirement from the heat.

In most rallies this would have led to the car being put on the trailer and Quinn and his service crew heading out to spectator points for the remainder of the event.

However Quinn was determined not to let his Coffs Harbour supporters down so the team worked tirelessly throughout the night to have his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9 checking into parc ferme in time for Sunday’s stages.

“They (the crew) stripped the car, we did the engine and the rest of the car, you know our normal preparation,” Quinn joked.

While he had a smile on his face after managing to finish Heat 2 of the rally in second position with his co-driver David Green as well as fourth position overall behind winners Simon and Sue Evans, Quinn admitted that everyone had their game face on through the epic repair session held on Saturday night.

“We’ve been having problems with the diffs and gearboxes but at least they are going,” he said. “We stripped the motor and had a full set of pistons and head gaskets and wacked them on and away we went.”



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