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Local hero Nathan Quinn is a prominent omission from the entry list for next month's Rally Australia, and after a motorbike accident yesterday, it's just as well.
Quinn broke his collarbone in a motorbike accident in the Bucca Forest - one of the areas used by Rally Australia - and will be out of action for some time.
Fortunately for him, he had no plans to contest Rally Australia after a busy year contesting rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship.
"Off to surgery tomorrow evening, but I am still certainly available to fill an RC1 seat should any of the official WRC drivers not make it," Quinn joked today.
"It will be a bittersweet weekend watching from the sidelines, though looking forward to seeing how the ARC goes down, and also other respected internationals like Guarav (Gill) and Raana (Horan).
"Maybe next year I’ll be back," he added.
Top Australian seed for Rally Australia is national championship leader, Eli Evans, who will drive the Skoda Fabia R5 that he has used in recent events.
He'll be the 19th seed in the event, behind all the WRC, WRC2 and WRC3 competitors, and just ahead of arch-rivals Harry Bates (Toyota Yaris AP4) and Steve Glenney in a rented Fabia R5.
Molly Taylor, Tony Sullens, Wayne Morton, Lewis Bates and Luke Annear have also entered the WRC component of the rally.
Entries in the event's ARC section have not yet been released.
See the Rally Australia entry list HERE.
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