Coffs Harbour’s Nathan Quinn is hoping to lead from the front at this weekend’s Coffs Coast Rally.
Coffs Harbour’s Nathan Quinn is hoping to lead from the front at this weekend’s Coffs Coast Rally.

Locals ready for Coffs Coast Rally

WHILE many racing fans are aware of the battle Coffs Harbour’s Nathan Quinn is waging for a podium finish this weekend in the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) round of the Coffs Coast event, few would know the extent of local flavour throughout the field.

There will be seven local crews competing in the Allied Air-Conditioning Coffs Coast Rally and a couple of others with strong local ties.

Bonville driver Mal Keough will be dusting off the driving boots with a new navigator from Queensland.

Keough will be bringing his Datsun 1600 back out, having competed many times in Coffs Harbour, first in a V8 Commodore then a Datsun 1600 and then a Lancer EVO 3. He is sure to be a strong contender in the State field and also running towards top of his class.

Troy and Penny O’Doherty are one of three husband-and-wife teams and they will be competing for the second time at the rally in their Triumph TR7 V8, complete with new quad webbers and as the only V8 in the field it’s sure to be a real crowd- pleaser.

Mark and Carol Fitton are another husband and wife team and they will compete in their Mazda RX2. For Mark and Carol it is their first event on pace notes. They are both notably excited and nervous about competing in the State section of the event.

The third married team is Scott and Fiona Bedford and this will be their first ever event competing together in their Toyota Corolla.

Henry Bensch with Kenneth Wales in a Datsun 180B along with Gianni Accadia and nephew Jason in a Datsun 1600 will be also flying the local flag.

Both teams are hoping for a trouble-free event.

Rebecca Smart, who is now living and working in Coffs Harbour, will be competing with her brother, Ryan, in the ARC field and this duo is right in the hunt for a top five result.

Another former local competing is Wayne Hoy.

A Moonee boy, Hoy will be back on familiar roads competing at the front section with the classic cars in his Datsun 180B.

Mick Gillett and Harvey Smith who are now based in Sydney will be returning to Coffs to stay with their respective parents who still both live in Coffs Harbour.

They are debuting new Hyundai Diesel i30 Rally Car and are supported by Hyundai.

This will be the first event for the new car and Gillett is very keen to see how it will compete against the rest of the ARC field.


No. Driver Co-driver Car
12 Nathan Quinn D. Green Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
6 Ryan Smart R. Smart Toyota Corolla Sportivo
30 Mick Gillett H. Smith Hyundai i30
26 Mal Keough N. Long Datsun 1600
36 Troy O’Doherty P. O’Doherty Triumph TR7V8
37 Mark Fitton C. Fitton Mazda RX2
39 Henry Bensch K. Wales Datsun 180B
40 Scott Bedford F. Bedford Toyota Corolla
41 Gianni Accadia J. Accadia Datsun 1600
9C Wayne Hoy L. Collits Datsun 180B

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