Coffs Coast Rally Team driver has proven his driving skills against the world's best in the opening superspecials of Rally Australia- Coffs Coast.
Coffs Coast Rally Team driver has proven his driving skills against the world's best in the opening superspecials of Rally Australia- Coffs Coast. Bruce Thomas

Quinn makes his move

LOCAL World Rally wildcard Nathan Quinn has more than proven his driving ability, despite falling victim to the treacherous Orara Valley stages.

The Coffs Coast Rally Team driver had what his team dubbed "a light roll-over" during yesterday's second Brooklana stage finishing without a windscreen.

Having righted the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo-9, he and co-driver Dave Green finished the Ulong stage and returned to the service park where their crew set about repairing damage ahead of last night's Super Special Stage.

The local team went on to excel last night, finishing seventh overall in the superspecial and claiming a stage victory in the World Rally Production class.

Quinn heads into today's 11th stage placed 23rd overall and 10th in the WRC production classification.  

Despite the earlier setbacks, and the prospect of more dramas to come, Quinn says the World Rally experience has been a career highlight.

"I have been treating it like any other rally but when we rounded a corner and saw Sebastien Loeb's car on its roof, my mind started to wander, I realised just how hard those stages were," Quinn said.

"I couldn't believe it, here's a seven-time world champion arguably the best in the world in that position, I thought, geez these conditions are challenging, yeah extremely difficult.

"I tried to calculate the risks, use the local knowledge and just make it home.

"Halfway through stage four we broke the intercooler hose and lost a lot of time as we had no power." 

"A real highlight was driving past the local schools and seeing all the kids hanging over the fence waving to us, it was great, I'm really loving my shot at the World Rally Championship here at Rally Australia."

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