Ross Dunkerton

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Ross Dunkerton in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
Ross Dunkerton in the Datsun 240Z which took him to his first Australian Rally Championship in 1975
Ross Dunkerton in the 2006 Targa West rally

Ross Dunkerton (born 16 July 1945) is an Australian rally driver. Born in Fremantle, Western Australia,[1] he was previously a councillor for the Town of Bassendean, but moved with his family to Cairns in Far North Queensland in late 2007.

Ross is married to his wife Lisa has two sons, Aaron and Flynn.

Dunkerton won the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in 1991 and 1992 in a Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 as a full-time factory driver for Mitsubishi Ralliart. In Australia, he won the Australian Rally Championship in 1975, '76, '77, '79 and '83 in Datsun 1600's, 240Z's and 260Z's. Dunkerton also won the Southern Cross Rally in 1980. He won the 2005 and 2006 Targa West rallies, placing third in the 2007 event. Dunkerton is one of three Australian rally drivers to achieve FIA A seeded status (the others being Chris Atkinson and Cody Crocker),[2] and arguably Australia's most successful

Dunkerton is a regular competitor in numerous tarmac and historic gravel events in both Australia and New Zealand. He competed in the 2009 Otago Rally of New Zealand in his newly purchased MK II BDA Ford Escort rally car.

Dunkerton's current car is a turbocharged Ralliart Lancer Evolution IX RS.

Television presenting[edit]

After winning almost 100 rallies in a career spanning three decades, former International Rally Driver Ross Dunkerton turned his hand to full-time television presenting in 1995.

In 1997, Dunkerton won a National Media award[citation needed], testimony to the adage that he brings to television, the same determination, wit and effort that saw him enjoy so much success in his sporting career.

Dunkerton has taken on many roles, his most current being a full-time presenter for the Western Australian lifestyle show, Home in WA and the automotive series, Zoom TV. He has also presented coverage for a variety of motorsport events including the Variety Club Bash and coverage of the Australian Rally Championship on network ten.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1975 Australian Rally Championship 1st Datsun 240Z
1976 Australian Rally Championship 1st Datsun 260Z
1977 Australian Rally Championship 1st Datsun 260Z
1979 Australian Rally Championship 1st Datsun Stanza
1983 Australian Rally Championship 1st Datsun 1600
1989 World Rally Championship 64th Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1989 Australian Rally Championship 5th Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1990 World Rally Championship 20th Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1991 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship 1st Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1991 Australian Rally Championship 6th Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1991 World Rally Championship 40th Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1992 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship 1st Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1992 Australian Rally Championship 7th Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1992 World Rally Championship 16th Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Mitsubishi Ralliart
1993 Australian Rally Championship 7th Mitsubishi Lancer RS-E Mitsubishi Ralliart
1993 World Rally Championship 24th Mitsubishi Lancer RS-E Mitsubishi Ralliart
1994 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quartermaine, Braden (3 April 2012). "Ross Dunkerton at end of road in WA", Perth Now. Retrieved on 3 April 2012.
  2. ^ [1]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Colin Bond
Australian Rally Champion
1975, 1976 and
1977 (titled shared with George Fury)
Succeeded by
Greg Carr
Preceded by
Greg Carr
Australian Rally Champion
1979
Succeeded by
George Fury
Preceded by
Geoff Portman
Australian Rally Champion
1983
Succeeded by
David Officer
Preceded by
Carlos Sainz
Asia-Pacific Rally Champion
1991 and 1992
Succeeded by
Possum Bourne