Back in the hot seat
IT'S BEEN a long time coming but champion Coffs Coast rally driver Nathan Quinn is finally getting back behind the wheel.
Selected to race for the GSR Repsol Air Asia team in the third round of the AAM Malaysian Rally Championship later this month, Quinn, 25, will be embarking on his first competitive drive since November last year.
While it has been hard going for the past seven months, Quinn will be doing everything he can to take advantage of this latest opportunity.
"It has been really quiet the last few months and it was tough going, but I can't wait to compete in Malaysia," he said.
"There are a few uncertainties in competing, as it has been a long time between drinks, but the team is great and I'm confident I can go in and do a job for them.
"The team have some achievable goals for me to achieve and I'll be giving everything to repay their faith."
The Coffs Coast Rally Team driver will hope a successful event in Malaysia will create further opportunities.
"Consistency is important to get to where I want to be and to date it just hasn't been there," he said.
"Most drivers do around 20 races annually, while I have only been able to do 35 in six years.
"It is all about taking hold of opportunities and hopefully the rest of this year I have more chances to race."
While unable to compete at the Coffs Harbour round of the Australian Rally Championship in October, Quinn has his sights set on the recently announced return next year of the World Rally Championship.
"It is absolutely fantastic Coffs will be hosting the WRC again. It is such an incredible event for the region.
"Everyone really supported and got behind me and the Coffs Coast team last year and if we can embrace the event going into the future I can see it staying on the Coffs Coast for a long time.
"It was an unbelievable experience and everything I am doing is working towards getting to the WRC."