Katie Quinn co-driving on….an Autocross event?
Katie Quinn made history when she became the first Kerry competitor to co-drive on an Autocross event on Sunday.
Katie, daughter of Ford Escort Mk2 driver Mick is no stranger to competition having won the Ladies section of the Top Part West Coast Rally Championship the last time it ran in 2019. She is also an experienced co-driver having partnered her fiancé Erik on several occasions.
A new venture by Clare Motor Club has set the way for experienced co-drivers to sit alongside J1000 autocross drivers to help and encourage them to drive cars better on loose surface events.
The class features J1000 rally cars traditionally used in forestry event.
The age group for autocross events is slightly different – forestry rally competitors are aged between 15 to 18 but autocross drivers can start at 18. Only J1000 class runners are permitted to carry a navigator.
Clare Motor Club ran latest autocross event at Ballycumber County Offaly on Sunday and Katie signed up to co-drive for Gerard Kelly in a Toyota Agyo J1000.
“Basically Gerard is my fiancé Erik’s brother and he was mad to go do it,” Katie explained to Kerry Motorsport News.
Gerry O’Brien [Clare Motor Club’s clerk of the course] had access to the Toyota after the car was sponsored to the event. He got in touch with Clare-based motorsport fanatics, as they were due to be on site anyway because they hire buggies for such events, and offered them the sponsored car.
“So of course Gerard was more than willing to go test it out and when he found out he needed a navi he asked me would I go along with him. This is his first event so we are hoping all goes well and that he will have the bug by the end of it,” added Katie.
And he sure did get the bug – the pair finished fifth in class and now Gerrard in considering building a 1.4 Honda Civic for future events.
Other Kerry-based drivers competing on Sunday include Mikie O’Connor Jr in his Hayabusa Special.
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