His Year Five teacher may have doubted him when he said he wanted to be a rally car driver, however, with rally sport in his blood, there was never a question around local talent Adrian Coppin following his dream. With international racing experience and a swag of podiums under his belt, Adrian looks forward to representing Abode Hotels and burning some dust at this year’s Netier National Capital Rally, held in Canberra this May.
When did you start rally driving, and have you always liked the sport?
I started rallying in 2006 as a co-driver, before my first event driving in 2008. I have been obsessed with the sport since I could walk. My parents’ house always looked like it was for sale, as every weekend I would set up my own course with bunting and flags and ride around on my push bike. Mum and Dad both worked on rally events as volunteers when I was growing up, and my Dad was a co-driver. So, I guess I kind of followed in his footsteps.
How did you nab your first race?
Through determination, persistence and hard work I was able to turn my love for rallying into a job. When Ford Australia decided to enter the Australian Rally Championship in 2013, I was approached to drive, and manage the team’s logistics for the season. When I am not racing, my wife and I run our own company, Innate Motorsport + Events.
Where have you raced?
I’ve raced all over Australia from Perth to Queensland and Tassie. I have been lucky enough to compete in Europe a few times. Competing in the World Championship event in Germany is definitely a career highlight.
You have a co-driver/navigator with you when you race. How important is this relationship?
The relationship you have with your co-driver is very important, you have to have so much trust in them. If you don’t have that confidence and comfort with a navigator, it is difficult to push the limits. I’ve been lucky enough to have the same co-driver for 5 years and we have built a really strong working relationship.
What speed do you get up to when racing? Have you ever crashed?
Each car is different, but most of the cars are limited to around 180kph, which is fast enough when you have big trees on either side of the road to avoid! I have crashed a few times, however, our cars are designed well and are built with safety in mind.
What can we expect at this year’s Netier National Capital Rally in May?
The Netier National Capital Rally is always evolving and trying new things and this year is no exception. The event has opted for a more compact format than ever before, in anticipation it will bring more competitors and spectators to Canberra. There is no question, it will be flat out from the word go.
In addition to sponsoring rally driver, Adrian Coppin, Abode Hotels have been named as the official accommodation partner and rally headquarters for Canberra’s biggest motorsport event, the 2019 Netier National Capital Rally. Spectators are invited to visit the rally headquarters, service park and competitor hub at Abode Woden where they will have the opportunity to meet some of the best rally drivers in Australia.
The Netier National Capital Rally will officially launch in Kowen Forest on 21 March, with the race then commencing on Saturday 11 May in Uriarra Forest.
Rally HQ and Service Park
Public Carpark opposite Abode Woden
10 Bowes Street, Phillip ACT