Nathan Quinn WRC mini driver. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Nathan Quinn WRC mini driver. Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Quinn Mini drive in WRC was a maxi effort

ONE person who'll be grinning long into the week will be local rally driver Nathan Quinn, after he put in a resounding performance against some of the best drivers on the planet on the weekend driving the Mini John Cooper Works WRC car.

The man behind the local Goodyear franchise came eighth out of 10 drivers in Coffs Coast round of the World Rally Championship.

While Quinn, 25, was proud of his performances over the weekend he'll be needed to go back to work in the next few days.

"Back to work on Tuesday," Quinn said on Monday.

"We had a few celebratory drinks the other night, so we're nursing some heavy heads this morning.

"It was a fantastic event as a whole. We posted some great times in the Mini, and the team said they were happy with what they saw over the course of the rally."

Quinn was coy on his possible recruitment into the team for next year, saying that "we'll have to wait for the dust to settle".

"As I said, it was a fantastic opportunity to be racing in a world rally car, but I'm optimistic I can work with what I've done here for bigger and better things in the future."

However, team manager, Bruno Di Pianto, said that Nathan's performance over the weekend exceeded expectations which could be an indication of bigger things to come.

"Nathan really did a good job during this rally," Di Panto said.

"He had such a tall task working with a new car, new co-driver and new team all in front of his home crowd and competing against the world's top drivers, but he was unfazed. He knew he had a job to do and he did it.

"He drove his own rally with his eye on his own targets, so eighth place with four WRC points to his name is a really fantastic result."

Quinn had nothing but praise for the event as a whole and was happy at the prospect of it returning next year.

"As an overall event, it was well organised, a great thing for the town, to have it here is great," he said.