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He had high hopes, but Nathan Quinn was never able to produce his true speed on a problem plagued Rally of the Bay. The 2017 national champion had borrowed a Lancer Evo X, but right from the very first stage the car suffered major brake problems. Quinn had voiced his concerns about the brakes before leaving the start, and his worries proved valid on the first stage when the brake fluid started to boil. "A front caliper was leaking and we nearly had a big off – at one stage there I thought I was going to own an Evo X," he explained. "I bled the brakes after stage one, but after only a couple of kilometres of stage two the fluid boiled again and I had no pedal. "I'm used to a rock-solid brake pedal, so it didn't give me any confidence on the stages." Quinn had a solution and planned to fix the problem at the first service, but other problems intervened. On the road section to stage three the engine temperature rose and Quinn and co-driver Ray Winwood-Smith had to add a couple of litres of water to the radiator. They had to do the same before stage four, before the engine dropped a cylinder on the run along the River Road stage before service. Quinn's rally was over, before he could even really fire a shot in anger. In typical Quinn style though, his team did "an all nighter" to have the cylinder head repaired by Sunday morning, before the team made the long trek home to Coffs Harbour.
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