Former Datsun and Nissan factory driver, Ross Dunkerton, will drive a Nissan 240RS in this weekend’s Cerberus Stages Rally in Victoria.

In what is thought to be the first appearance by a 240RS on gravel in Australia, Dunkerton will drive a car which has recently been completed by the Snooks Motorsport team.

However, it won’t be the first time Dunkerton has driven a 240RS in competition.

“I drove one in Malaysia many years back, and to tell you the truth, it was like driving an aircraft carrier,” he told RallySport Magazine today. “It was so long, and on the Malaysian roads, which had ditches on either side, it was a real handful.”

That car had a big horsepower, Group B engine, but the car he’ll drive this weekend will a much lower horsepower motor.

“I’m looking forward to it – it should be great fun,” he added.

The 62-year old is also contesting Targa Tasmania in April, driving his own Lancer Evo IX. He was also offered a drive in this year’s Otago Rally in New Zealand, but had to turn it down, due to his busy schedule.

Dunkerton is a five-times Australian Rally Champion, and twice won the Asia-Pacific Championship. In recent years he has won Targa West in 2005 and 2006, and won the inaugural Targa Tasmania Rookie Rallye in 2007.

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