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Canberra's Adrian Coppin in the hot seat in the German round of the World Rally Championship

It's the chance of a lifetime that has cost Canberra rally driver Adrian Coppin about $60,000.

But the experience of competing in a round of the prestigious World Rally Championship and taking another step closer to a full-time spot is worth every cent.

The 28-year-old has arrived in Germany for the Rally Deutschland in the city of Trier from August 22-24.

Coppin will drive for Citroen in the WRC3 category before returning for Australia's leg of the WRC in Coffs Harbour from September 12-14.

He will drive the same car he has been using in this year's Australian Rally Championship and hopes a strong performance will lead to a permanent drive.

But he knows those opportunities for Australian drivers are few and far between, with Chris Atkinson the last to have a permanent seat in the event from 2004 to 2008.

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"To compete on the world stage in Europe is where it's all at,'' Coppin said. ''To be doing that is very exciting, and very apprehensive and nervous at the same time.

"It's a big gamble and a big process, but one I'm very much looking forward to.''

Coppin said he wouldn't get ''much change from 60 grand'' from the trip, paid for by a combination of Citroen, family support, local sponsors, local beneficiaries and some of his own money.

Another Canberran, Molly Taylor, competed in the junior world championship recently, also for Citroen.

It was her connections that helped Coppin get a taste of what to expect when he landed a drive in Croatia last year.

That led to scoring a spot with Citroen in this year's ARC, finishing second overall in his home-town National Capital Rally in March.

But he faces another step up against not only a superior level of competition, but also racing on an unfamiliar asphalt surface.

''I'm under no illusions it's going to be hard to win my category, there's going to be a lot of fast local guys over there and my time on tarmac is very limited,'' Coppin said.

''It's about showing I've got all the key factors to a team that hopefully get recognised. The ultimate goal is to find a team that will underwrite the costs.''

Coppin started rally driving in 2010, with his dad Phil the navigator for his first few races.

"The first ever event was very surreal, it was something I didn't think I'd get the chance to do,'' Coppin said.

''The first time I got to do a rally was in a clapped-out 1986 Toyota Corolla and we went and did it and it was awesome fun.

"We only did three rallies together before he said you need to get another navigator with more experience, because he had been out of the seat for a while.

"But it was very fun.''

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