Testing goes well for Team Quinn
WITH repairs and a new paint job complete on his Mitsubishi Evo9, rally driver Nathan Quinn set about testing the completely refitted vehicle on the weekend and he liked what he saw.
Taking to the forest roads on the weekend Quinn had no troubles hitting the speeds that put him firmly on the map in 2009 and now it’s all systems go towards competing in Western Australia in less than a fortnight in the second round of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC).
“The car is in fantastic condition,” Quinn said.
“I can’t believe that it has come up so well given how it looked two months ago.
“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel. We have some unfinished business to attend to.”
Quinn’s father, Martin, himself a revered rally driver, is now preparing to tow the car across the Nullarbor Plain to Perth with wife, Vicki, as his sidekick.
Some would say the four-day drive is a big investment of time but Martin says that there is simply no choice. A good result in Perth is important though not critical,” Martin said.
“Perth is a specialised event that has taken its toll on many of the world’s best when it was a WRC with its unique ball-bearing surface.
“The local competitors there have a massive advantage on most and we are the only ones in the top 10 in the ARC that have never competed in Perth. It’s just expensive practice.”
This year the team is aiming for a podium finish in the ARC as well as competing in one or two Asia-Pacific rallies abroad in preparation for his attack on the Pirelli Star Drivers Award (PSD). The PSD awards the winner six fully funded drives in the World Rally Championship.
“Nathan’s goal is to compete on the world stage,” said dad Martin.
“The PSD is our only real chance of getting him there as the alternative requires substantial funding that quite frankly is beyond our reach at this stage.”