Quinn and crew working overtime
THE Coffs Coast Rally might have been on nearly five weeks ago but local rally driver Nathan Quinn has not been enjoying a holiday.
In fact, the 24-year-old and his crew have had the exact opposite.
Preparing for this weekend’s Scouts Rally in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, Quinn and the crew have been working overtime repairing the Mitsubishi Evo 9.
In the past five weeks the crew has re-built the engine, gearbox, centre differential, rear differential, suspension and brakes.
Given the pace that Quinn and his co-driver Dave Green were able to set in the two previous Australian Rally Championship (ARC) rounds where they were able to consistently clock the second or third fastest times, the young driver and his team are confident that another good result is possible this weekend.
“I feel that I am driving well and the car is certainly working well now and I know I must remain focused on the big picture which is the Pirelli Star Driver,” Quinn said.
“I have fantastic support from Coffs which is great for confidence and South Australia would not have been possible if it wasn’t for my crew of Matt, Shannon, Ross and all of the sponsors.”
Currently sitting in fifth position on the ARC points table, Quinn obviously has the ability to mix it with the big boys but he does admit that this weekend he does have to fight against a slight disadvantage.
“We are the only crew in the top 15 that have never been to South Australia,” he said.
“From what I’m told the roads are quite fast and take a bit to get comfortable with.
“I’ve taken the advice in but I am there to go flat out, learn and gain more experience in preparation for the Asia Pacific round in Queensland.”
The rally in Queensland is all important for the young driver as he gives his all to qualify for a spot in World Rally Championship in 2011.
To do so team manager and doting father Martin Quinn explained that his son needed to go to Queensland next month and win the Pirelli Star Award which is valued at $1 million.
“Each rally this year is another stepping stone in making that achievement more reachable,” the team manager said.
“He competed for this last year when he first obtained the Evo 9 but our biggest problem was just a lack of miles in the car and as it turned out the car itself.
“Nathan only competed in three events last year and was consequently beaten by guys that had more experience.
“After this rally in South Australia we will be three events ahead of where we were last year and the tables have turned so he should be feeling very optimistic about his chances.”