Meet the Dunkerton's
The brothers will be competing in Targa this weekend!
This week we’ve had the pleasure of working quite closely with the Dunkerton family who are competing in the 2021 Targa Great Barrier Reef rally this weekend. Let me tell you, you’d be hard pressed to find a nicer family.
The Dunkerton’s are no strangers to testing their cars and their skills. This family thrive on the challenge racing cars brings and embrace every aspect of the sport; from building their own cars and tuning them to meet race conditions to driving them as fast as they can! This weekend, this local family will participate in various categories of Targa.
Ross Dunkerton and his wife, Lisa will lead the Tour event of Targa Great Barrier Reef 2021. Ross Dunkerton is a five-time CAMS Australian Rally Champion, recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2018, dual Asia-Pacific Rally Champion, Southern Cross Rally winner in 1980, and instrumental in the Australian bid to lobby the FIA for a round of the World Rally Championship in 1987. He was awarded life membership of CAMS in 2011, inducted into the Australian Rally Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame in 2016. So, fair to say, knows his way around a rally track.
Lisa is a former state champion and multiple event winner in her own right and together they form a formidable team.Their 29 year old son, Aaron is a local Barrister and notable legal professional whilst his younger brother Flynn, 21, is a fourth year apprentice electrician.Aaron, flanked by the very experienced navigator and current Queensland Champion Co -Driver, Alan Stean, will take on competitors in the 4WD Early Modern division of the event.
Aaron, flanked by the very experienced navigator and current Queensland Champion Co -Driver, Alan Stean, will take on competitors in the 4WD Early Modern division of the event.
Flynn will be accompanied by ‘the human cruise controller’, Shane Moes, competing in the Time Speed Distance division. Shane, who will be making his navigating debut this weekend, is “A natural!” according to Ross Dunkerton.
Shane, a director of the locally owned Autobarn Cairns and Smithfield store, employed Flynn at their Smithfield store when he was just 15 years old, establishing a relationship that has seen Autobarn sponsor the Dunkerton family’s Targa racing endeavours for the last three years.
Now in its fourth year, the Targa Great Barrier Reef event has been embraced internationally as one of the most spectacular racing events, providing drivers of all kinds, usually from all corners of the globe, with an opportunity to test their vehicles and their driving skills on some of the most notoriously challenging roads in beautiful north Queensland.
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