Whilst Dunkerton retired from professional competition in 1994, he 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.
Dunkerton said he was delighted to be returning to WA :
"Its been 22 years since I have driven a fast 4 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. 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." Dunkerton said.
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 to name a few.
Dunkerton's partnership with Maximum Motorsport will bring him fond memories of Subaru's as ironically he won the 1985 Forest Rally in a Subaru, giving Subaru their first national Championship victory in Australia.
Dunkerton quipped: "I hope to see some familiar faces and old supporters out in the forests next month. I might not be as quick as they used to see of me, but I'll be doing my best."
Dunkerton along with wife Lisa will drive a fully prepared Maximum Motorsport Subaru WRX STi.
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