Coffs Coast Rally team driver Nathan Quinn has impressed at the World Rally Championship round on home soil finishing Rally Australia 18th overall.
Coffs Coast Rally team driver Nathan Quinn has impressed at the World Rally Championship round on home soil finishing Rally Australia 18th overall. Trevor Veale

Final tally is a spin for Quinn

NATHAN Quinn has proven he can keep pace with the world's best rally drivers having earned his World Rally Championship credentials with a serious result at Rally Australia.

The Coffs Coast Rally Team driver has finished the WRC Coffs Coast round 18th overall.

His 'tour de force' saw him claim eight stage wins in the production car section of Rally Australia and finish eighth overall in the PWRC 24 minutes, 25 seconds behind New Zealand champion Hayden Paddon.

Finishing the rally as the quickest production car through yesterday's Power Stage in the Clarence Valley, Quinn was wrapped with his performance.

"It was fantastic. We set some really great times for a little team from Coffs Harbour," Quinn said.

"The car's a bit Pete Murray - it's seen better days, but if they gave us another day of rally we'd go again.

"The most important thing for me is being in front of my home crowd."

A crowd favourite on course, Nathan said his biggest reception came as he past Nana Glen Public School on Friday and the whole school was hanging over the fence waving.

Quinn finished as the third best Aussie behind Grafton-born rally driver John Spencer, who finished the WRC 15th overall, and Brendan Reeves, who finished 17th overall.

Speaking after the event about his campaign, Quinn said a costly roll-over on Friday cost him his chance of a top 10 finish.

Despite the setback, he bounced back that night with back-to-back superspecial stage wins in the WPRC and further success on Sunday with three stages victories, an effort which gained the notice of international teams.  



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