Quinn hasn’t given up on getting to South Canterbury

Australian rally champion Nathan Quinn hasn’t totally given up on making it to the fourth round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship in South Canterbury but admits it will be a long shot.

Quinn has impressed in his two outings in the NZRC this year – finishing third at ENEOS International Rally of Whangarei in the Ford Fiesta R5 before being runner-up at Lone Star Rally Canterbury on Sunday guest-driving Richie Dalton’s Ford Fiesta Proto.

While he is super keen to compete in the NZRC he is going to pushing it to make the start line at Rally South Canterbury. Budget restraints are likely to limit him as will business commitments back in Australia.

“We have a plan to do another rally but now we just see if all the stars line up for us,” Quinn said.

“I would love to be there – we have got a car lined up – it is just a matter of making it happen.

“I went third in Whangarei and I got second here so it leaves the next step up the podium for the next event.”

The reigning Australian Rally champion impressed in horrific conditions in the forests north of Christchurch over the weekend – even more so once he admitted he hates driving in wet conditions

“It was pretty difficult particularly coming into the rain and looking at the roads,” Quinn said. “If it was dry I would have absolutely smashed it because I am quite good on that type of road.

“I have had a fair bit of confidence issues with wet weather events in the last few years – I have kept that to myself because it can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

“Stage one was the first gravel kilometres in that car as well.

“We set out to try and get the car to finish for Richie and Shamrock team so they can develop it and we did that,” a pleased Quinn added.

The 2018 New Zealand Rally Championship is proudly supported by Brian Green Property Group, Gull New Zealand, Dunlop New Zealand, Hella New Zealand and Stadium Finance


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The New Zealand Rally Championship is this country’s premier nationwide rally championship. It attracts New Zealand’s best drivers to compete in numerous categories for the prestigious MotorSport New Zealand-sanctioned rally championship titles. In 2024, there are six NZRC rounds, each with a unique character reflecting the diverse regions – from Northland to Invercargill