COFFS Coast rally driver Nathan Quinn has returned home from a tough trip to China with his head held high after finishing sixth in his division at the Longyou Rally.
Quinn bounced back from uncertainty over his co-driver David Green taking part in the rally and numerous mechanical problems during the 13-stage event.
Racing for the Soueast Motor Kumho team, Quinn said the rally was an eye-opener.
"It was unbelievable how dangerous the roads were over there," he said.
"Even the public roads that we used to get to each stage were not in the best condition.
"Anyone that comes out of this rally will be a much better driver for the experience."
Although initially unsure if Green would be able to join him on the start line, Quinn said it was a relief when his Australian co-driver arrived in China.
"It was a very stressful few weeks early on, not knowing if Greeny could make it over there," he said.
"The old man (father and manager Martin Quinn) took care of everything and had a Japanese driver ready to step in if needed.
"It was a big weight off my shoulders when I knew I'd have Greeny by my side for the rally."
Quinn, the local star of the recent WRC event in Coffs Harbour, said he was proud of his team's ability to overcome the setbacks faced throughout the rally.
"The Soueast Motor Kumho team were unbelievable and really kept me in the race," he said.
"The car they prepared for me was incredibly fast.
"If I had that car in Australia I could've recorded some of my best overall finishes."
Quinn said the most memorable experience from the trip was the way he managed to overcome any setback that came his way.
"Being able to beat the odds after having so much drama come our way is something I'm extremely proud of," he said.
Quinn, 25, will take some time off before preparing for the start of next year's APRC season.
"I am currently looking for sponsorship that will let me contest the entire APRC season next year," he said.
"Hopefully we will find some more sponsors and really put together a big year."