Australian rally champion wins East Gippsland event
In a 1970 Mazda RX2 that cost only $10,000, the 2017 Australian Rally Champion triumphed over a class field during a bushfire, and rain-shorted, Alpine Rally of East Gippsland.
Nathan Quinn said: “I built the car, pretty-well from the ground-up ten years ago. It’s got much the same engine I had when I used to deliver pizzas, telling my old man I wanted to be a rally driver!”
His navigator, fellow New-South Welshman, Ray Winwood-Smith has resumed rallying after a twenty-eight year break. It was his first Alpine Rally.
Second place went to Tasmanians Kade Barrett and David Guest in their bright orange Plymouth Fire Arrow. It was Barrett’s fourth Alpine.
Third was Carl Stewart and Matty James in their Datsun 1600. Previous winner of the Rookie’s Award, this was Stewart’s seventh attempt, and best place in The Alpine.