Competitor Profile: Paul Batten
- 13th July 2007, 8:45am
Up-and-coming New South Wales rally driver, Paul Batten, is the son of three-times NSW Rally Champion Mike Batten.
With a Subaru Impreza WRX STi under him, Batten, who now resides in Victoria, is hoping to emulate his father's results and has so far shown promising form in Australian Rally Championship rounds.
Name: Paul Batten
How long have you been rallying?
Over 5 years.
What was your first event?
2003 NSW Gemini Series.
What was your first rally car?
What is your current rally car?
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
How did you get started in rallying?
As the son of three times NSW Rally Champion, Michael Batten, my interest in motor sport was developed at a young age.
What have been your best results?
7th Outright - 2007 Rally of Canberra
11th Outright (VRC) - 2007 Bega Rally Motors - competed for Hyundai Motor Car Company
10th Outright - 2006 Rally of Melbourne
What is your favourite rally?
NGK Rally of Melbourne. The roads are amazing.
What has been your biggest crash?
2005 Rally Queensland.
What are your aims for your rallying future?
To have a consistent year in all cars and classes that I am competing in. I aim to be competitive in the 2007 NEC ARC Rally Challenge whilst competing in the Victorian Rally Championship in the Hyundai Excel series, allowing me to spend extra time behind the wheel.
Who are your sponsors?
Greg Moulden and the students from Kangan Batman TAFE, Stuckey Tyre Service, Dunlop Motorsport, Pitman Trucks, DMS Shock Absorbers, Link Engine Management Systems, AVO Turbo, SBARU Parts, WURTH, HubblePhotografix.com.au, Coxy's Motorsport Parts, Rallydrive.com.au and Japanese Wholesale Spares.
Who do you admire most in rallying?
A friend of mine, Michael Lepke, whose motto is – “If you improve 1% each day in everything you do, you won’t be doing too bad by the time you are 80.”
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