Driver: Nathan Quinn
Co-Driver: David Green
Born and raised in Coffs Harbour, home of Rally Australia, round 10 of the 2011 World Rally championship on the North coast of NSW, Nathan worked up to 5 jobs to get a start in the sport of Rallying. Currently Nathan is balancing his Rallying with managing a Tyre & Automotive company in New South Wales, an studying a business degree at Southern cross university.
Nathan never turned a wheel in a car until he was 17 years old. It took a further 3 years before he could convince his family to start Rallying. Come August 2006 Nathan debuted at a club event in a 1970 Mazda RX2 that he built with the help of his father. He used this vehicle for a further 12months as he learned his craft against superior 4WD turbo cars, setting outstanding times at State and up to national level.
In July 2007 Nathan moved into the ex Chris Atkinson Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 5 and his first attempt at a round of the Australian Rally Championship netted =7th outright. In 2008 paired with Ben Atkinson, Nathan competed in the ARC Rally of Queensland & ARC Coffs Coast highlighting a 5th and 2nd overall. Demonstrating raw talent and speed in an outdated Evo 5 they set a stage times up to 2nd fastest outright.
2009 Nathan upgraded to a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9, and with David Green alongside him (former co-driver for Michael Guest) the team attempted the 2009 APRC Red Devil Rally Queensland and Repco Rally Australia and whilst setting exceptional times in the PWRC and well within striking distance suffered mechanical failures in both events. As the leading Australian in Repco Rally Australia mechanical failure lead to an almost career crushing accident in the penultimate stage.
The young team rebuilt the Evo 9 for the 2010 Australian Championship managing to set a string of top 3 times and fastest times in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales before attempting International Rally of Queensland. However, mechanical failure ruled out a top finish but Nathan was able to rejoin and set numerous top 3 times in the APRC on the Sunday.
During his rally career Nathan been recognised by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport, having been elected into the 2008 & 2009 Rally Driver Development program. Concentrating on mental and physical fitness, the team have always picked rallies that allow an opportunity to learn different facets of the sport. Perhaps Nathan’s greatest strengths are mechanical sympathy, goal driven, innate ability to think strategically, focused, and has real maturity behind the wheel.
Nathan’s career continues to inspire those around him. His team comprises of 2 mechanics Nathan schooled with, his neighbour and parents however his support comes from abroad. For 2011 and beyond his home town of a 75,000 strong community have generated the Coffs Coast Rally Team which will be the tool for Nathan to make to step up to international competition. At the same time market Coffs Coast beautiful east coast across the globe; this has already drawn attention via securing the 2011 Rally Australia.
In an attempt to be an international champion Nathan plans to dominate the 2011 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Pacific Cup in an aid to generate the networks to make a full APRC assault in 2012. In the most recent outing, some 8 months since driving the car, Nathan lead round 2 of the 2011 APRC almost all day on day one until a burst radiator put them out of the event. In addition to competing and winning in 2011 the team are focused on giving the Coffs Coast a journey to remember, and with round 10 of the World Championship on home soil the team want to lead the field in the PWRC and will use this year to gain experience and miles in the car that has so far been impossible to achieve.
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