Coffs Coast local Nathan Quinn delivered in front of his home fans on Rally Australia and after taking a brilliant eighth said it was a victory for him to be at the finish and in the points.

Quinn, who had driven the MINI John Cooper Works WRC car only 40 kilometres prior to the start of the rally, put in a good performance and ran in the top-ten overall for all but two of the stages.

In total he set 17 top-ten stages times - his best individual times coming on Saturday, when he was sixth quickest in Coffs 6 and seventh in Valla 2.

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"Ever since we signed to do this event with Motorsport Italia I have been unable to wipe the smile from my face," Quinn said.

"Of course it wouldn't have been possible without all my supporters, especially my family who've always backed me and also the support of Coffs Coast Council and Rally Australia. But after that, it was over to me and Glenn [MacNeall - my co-drover].

"If you had said to me a month ago that not only would we finish but we would be eighth there's no way I would have believed you. It's a victory for me to be here now - today. We hoped we could get through - so this is pretty awesome."

"After the first full day of stages it was pretty obvious however that these guys have been doing this for a fair while longer than me," he continued. "So, after speaking with Bruno [di Pianto, Motorsport Italia team manager] we came up with a strategy to drive fast but not take any chances. We knew that if we had a solid drive, we would achieve a good top ten finish.

"I've only scratched the surface in this car though. There is so much more to it than what I got out of it this week and now I am just so hungry now to get back in that driver's seat. To see it packed up tonight ready to leave is something I don't think I can watch."

Team manager Bruno di Pianto meanwhile was delighted with Quinn's form, especially as eighth is Motorsport Italia's best result of the season so far: "Nathan really did a good job this rally. He had such a tall task working with a new car, new co-driver, and new team all in front of his home crowd and competing against the world's top drivers, but he was un-phased. He knew he had a job to do and he did it.

"He drove his own rally with his eye on his own targets and eighth place with four WRC points to his name is a really fantastic result."