It’s been another day of high drama at Targa Tasmania. The warn sunny weather has seen great spectator crowds, but things have not been so sunny for defending champion Jason White with a stray rock cost him the chance of victory.
White ran over a rock on The Sideling stage this morning which extensive damage to the underside of his Lamborghini Gallado. He subsequently incurred a 20 minute penalty when he ran out of ‘late time’ while make running repairs to the car.
White’s misfortune has thrown the door open for both the Targa victory, and the Australian Tarmac Championship title. Continuing his good form, Tony Quinn continues to lead, with Matt Close and Mathew Sims battling for the minor places.
For Dean Herridge and the Maximum Motorsport Subaru, it’s been another ‘clean’ day of rallying. “We’ve had no issues in the morning stages. We did lose 4th gear on ‘Elephant Pass’, so we just slowed for ‘Rossarden’ and ‘Longford’. The boys have replaced the ‘box’ now, and apart from that the car has been perfect. If we can keep this up we’ll be well placed to challenge the cars ahead of us on the final two days.”
“Inside the car, it’s been great”, continued Dean. “This is the first time Ben (Searcy) and I have competed together, and it’s working really well. We know we’ve got a bit of an advantage in the wet weather, but we’re more than holding our own in the dry. So we’ve very happy with our position at this stage of the event.”
Another eight stages await the crews tomorrow, as they work their way up to Devenport, returning via the long Mount Roland and Deloraine stages.
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