Local rally driver Nathan Quinn finished fifth at the Quit Forest Rally.
Local rally driver Nathan Quinn finished fifth at the Quit Forest Rally.

A top-five finish for Quinn in WA

RALLY driver Nathan Quinn has bounced back from a horror smash seven months ago to finish in fifth position overall at the weekend’s Quit Forest Rally.

It was only seven months ago that Quinn ran his car off the road during a World Rally Championship round to write the car off but the young gun has bounced back in style.

The 24-year-old stormed home over the final few stages in Busselton, moving from 11th position up to fifth which turned some heads.

“A few people have said to us it’s pretty good finishing fifth but it’s better than just pretty good,” proud father and team manager Martin Quinn said yesterday.

“In the past 12 months Nathan has done only three rallies while those other guys have all done full championships.”

The team were thrilled with the way Quinn handled himself behind the wheel considering it was the first event he has entered since the horrific accident.

“He’s right back on track,” Quinn senior said.

“We were a bit worried about his confidence but it was like nothing happened.”

Now all efforts for Team Quinn are being geared towards the third round of the Australian Rally Championships, which will be held in his own backyard.

The dates for the Coffs Coast Rally are May 14, 15, and 16, and the team manager says there is nothing to hold back the crew in the next four weeks leading up to the event.

“There was no damage to the car and there will be no real expense other than some paint for the stone marks we got on the weekend,” Martin said.

“We’ll do a test between this rally and the one in Coffs then we’ll be right to go.

“We’re aiming for a podium finish and I think the weekend proves that we can get that.”



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