The following year Dean gained more experience by driving the family Subaru Legacy winning the state rallysprint title while competing in the State series in the Hyundai.
Maximum Motorsport built a Version 5 Impreza at the beginning of 2000 and the team took out the Privateer’s Cup against substantial opposition.
The result made an impression, with Dean drafted into the respected Les Walkden Rally Team in a Subaru-backed Impreza. Dean took the opportunity with both hands, claiming his second Privateer Championship in 2001.
Back in a Maximum Motorsport Subaru Impreza for 2006, Dean’s success in the national series continued with Privateers Championship titles in ‘06 and ‘07, including a round win at the Subaru Safari in Tasmania and 3rd place for PWRC (8th Outright) at Rally Australia 2006. Despite Subaru withdrawing from the Australian championship, Dean still contracts to the brand. In 2007 he partnered Chris Atkinson and Cody Crocker to finish 2nd on debut at the Bathurst 12 Hour in a factory-backed Impreza, and podium the first two tarmac events (Mt Buller Sprint and Rally Tasmania) for Subaru Motorsport in 2006.
Dean and Maximum Motorsport then turned their attention to tarmac rallying and endurance circuit racing, piloting new Subaru Impreza WRX STis to the 2011 Australian Targa Championship, and 2nd (Class D) at the 2012 Bathurst 12 Hour event.
Dean is an active partner at Maximum Motorsport, and you can follow Dean’s motorsport endeavours at www.deanherridge.com.