Rally champ Ross Dunkerton back behind the wheel


Five-time Australian Rally Champion Ross Dunkerton
Five-time Australian Rally Champion Ross Dunkerton

FIVE-time Australian Rally Champion and former Town of Bassendean councillor Ross Dunkerton will compete in the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship after a 10-year absence.

This year’s first round is in Busselton WA next month.

Dunkerton, who retired from professional competition in 1994, was lured out of retirement in 2005 by his former team Ralliart to drive a Magna AWD in the Australian Championship division of the Australian Cup, winning all five events including the Forest Rally.

“It’s been 22 years since I have driven a fast four wheel drive car on a loose surface and for the last eight years I have been out in the bush behind a camera filming the championship,” he said.

“With no commitment to do that this year I had the sudden urge to get out there for at least one event and I’ve turned to my good friend and master car preparer Rob Herridge of Maximum Motorsport to supply me a car.”

Along with his five Australian Titles, Dunkerton also earned two Asian Pacific Titles along the way recording an impressive 111 event wins during a career spanning more than five decades.

At the recent Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, Dunkerton’s success was recognised when he was inducted into the inaugural Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame alongside other notables such as Peter Brock, Alan Jones, Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner and Wayne Gardner.

His partnership with Maximum Motorsport will bring him fond memories of Subaru as he won the 1985 Forest Rally in a Subaru, giving Subaru their first national Championship victory in Australia.