One of the hottest names in rallying at the moment is Adrian Coppin. Former Cirtoen-driver turned independent in 2015, Adrian has been busily preparing for the upcoming Australian Rally Championship, kicking off in Perth at the end of this month. As V-Sport’s roots are in rallying, it’s no surprise Adrian has been a long standing customer, and has been working back and forth with us to prepare for the big year ahead. In this piece, we check in with Adrian to find a little more about the driver from Canberra that’s shaking things up.
How did you get your start in rallying?
I have been involved with rallying since I was young. My parents were heavily involved in varied capacities – competitors, officials and organisers, which meant I spent a lot of time at events. I knew I was always going to rally myself at some point, but waited until I was a little older, and had a trade to support myself. At 24, I entered my first rally with Dad navigating.
What do you like the most about it?
There’s so many different factors that keep people coming back to this sport. I can’t narrow it down to one, it’s a combination of the speed, the challenge of driving fast on an unpredictable surface, the adrenaline rush, the travel, the people you meet and the friendships you make – all these factors make it the best thing I’ve ever done.
What are your proudest achievements to date?
I have a few memorable moments… Firstly competing in my first World Rally Championship event in 2011 and winning my class, then returning to compete in Rally Deutschland last year. Then finishing 3rd in last year’s Australian Rally Championship was a great way to sign off to my biggest year in the sport.
What are your plans for this year?
The plan for this year is to win, win the Australian Rally Championship!
Each season I’ve learned so much, and built on that in the next. I have a few seasons under my belt now, and a fair degree of experience at national and international level. Testing in the car last month with my new co-driver Erin Kelly, it was the best I have ever felt. We worked flawlessly, and I didn’t need to make any set-up changes. This combination of experience and comfort in the car – I am primed for the ARC this year.
Looking outside Australia, Europe is the heartland of rallying, and for every driver, it’s a dream to compete in the World Rally Championship. While I’ve already been there, it’s addictive! So, I’ll also be working hard to compete at two rounds of the WRC later this year. Will keep you posted!
How have V-Sport helped you?
I think I may have V-Sports entire catalogue! The team there have helped me with everything I needed for this year, including custom driving suits, boots, gloves and underwear from Sabelt. I am a big fan of Sabelt. They make the coolest and most comfortable suits, which, when you’re wearing them for over 12 hours each day of a rally, certainly makes a difference. We also have our helmets from Stilo, seats from Racetech, and in car cameras from GoPro too.
At testing last month I tried the HAWK DTC-70 brake pad after a strong recommendation from John, and was really impressed with them. Initial bite was good, but I also felt I could modulate the pad quite well. I found I could trail left foot brake with it, and it doesn’t fade away – it feels consistent. They don’t wear as quickly as my previous brake pads, and are competitively priced too. Winning on all fronts! (Check out our article on World Time Attack winners using HAWK brake pads here).
I use these products and brands because they are the best in the world, and I know whatever I get from V-Sport is tried and tested. John, Nathan and Chris would never recommend something for me unless they believed in the product – 100%. Their knowledge of other great contacts in the industry is also as valuable, for instance, after buying my new Stilo for this season, John recommended a brilliant designer to paint it.
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