2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

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2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

Postby Catford on Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:04 pm

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15th-18th August 2013

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Re: 2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

Postby Catford on Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:15 pm

Quit Targa West wrote:Update after completion of SS5 Whiteman 2

Challenge Modern - Car 20c (Vlad/Vlad) has extended overnight lead by 5sec on all female crew of 66c (Gunson/Lunsmann) to 15:47sec.

Challenge Classic - Overnight leaders Thompson/Thompson (1c) still lead over second place Lake/Hall (2c) by 15:52sec...

Competition Modern - Major/Flood (91) are holding Rullo/Beckwith (62) with Richards/Oliver (18) hot on their heels in third.

Competition Classic - Moltoni/de Boer (74) have a tidy lead over all male crew Gunson/Lunsman (16) with a bevy of cars close behind.
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Re: 2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

Postby Catford on Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:19 am

www.targawest.com.au wrote:MAJOR BEATS GREMLINS AND SUPERCARS TO HOLD TARGA LEAD


MITSUBISHI driver Peter Major survived mechanical problems and marauding supercars on treacherously greasy roads to retain his lead in the 2013 Quit Targa West rally Competition-Modern category after day two near Perth today.



Major, with co-driver Greg Flood, brought their car home after seven competitive Special Stages 23 seconds head of Peter Rullo and 39 seconds ahead of Ben Searcy, both drivers in high-powered Nissan GT-R35 coupes.



The 82-car field of Modern and Classic vehicles faced difficult conditions all day, with showers and alternating wet and dry surfaces catching out several drivers in minor accidents.



The casualties included Chris Caruso, who spun his Chev Corvette into a ditch and destroyed the two right-hand wheels, forcing his retirement.



Today's other notable retirement was Paul Moltoni, who led the Competition-Classic category until 1.5 kilometres from the day's end, when his 1974 Porsche spun backwards into a tree.



Major made the most of his Mitsubishi's light weight and all-wheel drive to defend his overall Modern lead – earned with three stage wins yesterday – to arrive at the finish this evening both happy and relieved.



"We're happy to be in front. We're surrounded by (Nissan) GT-Rs and Porsches and we put this car together at the very last minute. I hadn't even driven it before the event" Major said.



"We had a massive issue with a slipping clutch all morning and had to change gears without the pedal. Then it miraculously fixed itself and we put on a big charge at the end of the day to win the two Whiteman Park East stages and stay ahead of Peter Rullo.



"It's good to be in this position, but I have no doubt the competition will come back to us over the final two days."



Jon-Paul van Loenhout, Carson van Loenhout, Ben Searcy, Peter Rullo and Brett Morse were the other stage winners today.



All the front-runningg drivers are from Western Australia. The leading East Coast entrant, Victoria's Jim Richards, took a typically cautious approach in his Porsche GT2 to finish the day fifth, one minute 13 seconds off first place.



Paul Moltoni was disappointed but philosophical about crashing out of the Competition-Classic lead almost within sight of the day's finish Whiteman Park East 2.



"That's motor sport and we're quite okay. The stage was very wet and we were taking it easy," he said.



"We went into a corner perhaps slightly off-line, backed off and the car came around and backed itself into a tree. The engine's two inches forward of where it should be, so we're out for this year."



In the Challenge category for 130kmh-restricted cars, Razvan Vlad retained the lead in Modern in his giant-killing Ford Fiesta and Bruce Lake moved from second overnight to the lead in Classic, driving a 1973 Datsun 240Z.



The rally moves on to Toodyay – with three service stopovers in the main street – Condle, Timberden and Bullsbrook tomorrow.



Sunday promises the weekend's biggest turnout. Thousands of spectators are expected at the Malaga Special Stage and Killarnee City of Perth finale on Riverside Drive - which will be preceded by historic-car sprints in the morning – and Shannons Classics on the Park in Langley Park.



RESULTS (Day One, after 10 stages total | Provisional)

Competition-Modern

1 MAJOR/FLOOD (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) Total time 30.05

2 RULLO/BECKWITH (Nissan GT-R35) 30.28

3 SEARCY/MARQUET (Nissan GT-R35) 30.44



Competition-Classic



1 GUNSON/LUNSMAN (Ford Capri Perana) 32.53

2 DOBSONBUTCHER Triumph TR7 33.43

3 ROMYN/JONES (Holden Torana A9X) 34.02



Challenge-Modern



1 VLAD/VLAD (Ford Fiesta ST) 33.17

2 GUNSON/LUNSMANN (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) 34.06

3 MATTHEWSON/PADLEY (BMW 1M) 35.20



Challenge-Classic



1 LAKE/HALL (Datsun 240Z0 34.26

2 BUYS/AKSAMIJA (Porsche 911) 34.58

3 THOMPSON/THOMPSON (Porsche 911RS) 35.09
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Re: 2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

Postby Catford on Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:05 pm

www.targawest.com.au wrote:MAJOR A STEP CLOSER TO A QUIT TARGA WEST WIN
THE pace was hot but Mitsubishi driver Peter Major emerged a step closer to a victory after day three of the Quit Targa West rally near Perth today.

Major has led the Competition-Modern category since the start on Thursday and will enter the final six stages with a 32 second lead, but knows he can't rest until he crosses the finish line on Perth's Riverside Drive tomorrow afternoon.

He won four of today's 12 Special Stages, but so did Nissan GT-R35 driver Jon-Paul van Loenhout, while Peter Rullo won three in another Nissan.

van Loenhout finished third, behind Ben Searcy, but Rullo ended his rally early with his car parked against a power pole.

"It was a long, hard day pushing to stay ahead of Peter Rullo. There was nothing in it and it was a pity Rullo went off the road," Major's co-driver Greg Flood said.

"Peter drove really well to win the last stage, Bullsbrook Long. He was very committed and pushed hard to keep us ahead of the Nissans.

"Tomorrow's a shorter day, but we can still lose it on the three runs through Malaga with even a small mistake.

"We'll decide overnight whether to use our two spare tyres. We've been on the same four tyres since the start and they're holding up pretty well. We made a good choice to use soft-compound tyres and in the wet conditions on Thursday that gave us an advantage we've been able to carry through the event so far."

Rullo went out on the 8.55 kilometre Toodyay 2 stage, clouting a pole with both sides of his car. But co-driver Scott Beckwith said their crew discovered later the front differential had failed and probably caused the crash.

"Peter didn't make an error. He's a good steerer but with the front diff gone there was nothing much he could do," Beckwith said.

The lead changed again in the Competition-Classic category. After Paul Moltoni crashed from first position yesterday, it was the turn today of the driver who inherited the lead, Simon Gunson.

Gunson took seven stages, but on Toodyay 2 went off the road in his Ford Capri Perana and into retirement.

Mark Dobson and his 1975 Triumph TR7 now lead into the closing stages with a one-minute advantage over Simon Lingford (Datsun 240Z). Graham Romyn is third in a Holden Torana A9X.

Razvan Vlad holds a lead of just 28 sec over Sharon Gunson in Challenge-Modern, while Bruce Lake in a Datsun 240Z took over the lead in the Challenge-Classic section.

Tomorrow's final day promises plenty of action and entertainment for spectators.

Thousands are expected at the Malaga Special Stage, to be run three times past many businesses hosting parties in the industrial estate.

The Killarnee City of Perth stage starting on Riverside Drive at 1.08 pm will close the event after 203 km of Special Stages. The course will be used for historic-car sprints in the morning, while the Shannons Classics on the Park will draw many fans to Langley Park.

RESULTS (Day Three | Provisional)
Competition-Modern
1 MAJOR/FLOOD (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) Total time 1:14.14
2 SEARCY/MARQUET (Nissan GT-R35) 1:14.49
3 VAN LOENHOUT/WHITE (Nissan GT-R35) 1:15.00

Competition-Classic
1 DOBSON/BUTCHER (Triumph TR7) 1:23.23
2 LINGFORD/LINGFORD (Datsun 240Z) 1:24.23
3 ROMYN/JONES (Holden Torana A9X) 1:24.50

Challenge-Modern
1 VLAD/VLAD (Ford Fiesta ST) 1:25.28
2 GUNSON/LUNSMANN (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) 1:25.56
3 MATTHEWSON/PADLEY (BMW 1M) 1:31.13

Challenge-Classic
1 LAKE/HALL (Datsun 240Z) 1:28.10
2 BUYS/AKSAMIJA (Porsche 911) 1:29.31
3 THOMPSON/THOMPSON (Porsche 911RS) 1:30.01
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Re: 2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

Postby Catford on Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:35 pm

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Re: 2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

Postby Catford on Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:39 pm

QTW wrote:Competition Modern Provisional Placings
Peter Major and Greg Flood (Car 91 - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 MR) have held off being chased down all day by Ben Searcy & James Marquet (Car 67 - Nissan GTR 35) who worked really hard, picking up seconds on every stage. Major & Flood have held on to their lead by just 8 seconds. Jon-Paul van Loenhout and Lisa White (Car 69 - Nissan GTR 35) were not letting them rest up and finished 3rd only 34seconds further behind.


QTW wrote:Competition Classic Provisional Placings
Overnight placings have not changed and congratulations go to Mark Dobson & Greg Butcher (Car 80 - Triumph TR7) who had a minute over Simon & Susannah Lingfor (Car 78 - Datsun 240Z) with Graham Romyn & Nigel Jones (Car 5 - Holden Torana A9X) a further minute behind in a respectable third.


QTW wrote:Challenge Modern Provisional Placings
Sharon Gunson & Helen Lunsmann (Car 66c - Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7)have put in an amazing effort today, winning every stage to take first place 16secs ahead of overnight leaders Razvan & Ioana Vlad (Car 20c - Ford Fiesta ST). Third place has gone to Alan Matthewson & Darren Padley (15c - BMW 1M)


QTW wrote:Challenge Classic Provisional Placings
Bruce Lake & Peter Hall (Car 2c - Datsun 240Z) have steadied to take line honours. Paul & Mitchell Thompson (Car 1c - Porsche 911 RS) have put down the challenge today posting good times but they couldn't quite close the gap to Robert Buys & Sanja Adsamija (Car 61c - Porsche 911) who finished 5secs ahead in second.
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Re: 2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

Postby Catford on Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:28 am

www.targawest.com.au wrote:MAJOR CLINCHES "TOUGHEST" QUIT TARGA WEST RALLY WIN

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PERTH driver Peter Major has clinched his second win in the Quit Targa West rally, crossing the finish line in Perth with a mere eight-second margin this afternoon.

Although Major, 28, led throughout the four-day event, he described his victory in the Competition-Modern category as his toughest-fought as he nursed a sick engine through the final stages.

The final gap to second-placed Ben Searcy/James Marquet would have been three seconds, but the fellow Perth driver clipped a marker bollard with his Nissan GT-R on the final pass through the Complete Portables Malaga stage this morning and earned a five-second penalty.

Jon-Paul Van Loenhout, with co-driver Lisa White, was third, 34 sec. behind in another Nissan.

"We had engine issues today that we couldn't fix last night. We prayed for rain but it stayed dry and so we had to really fight," said Major, who was co-driven by Greg Flood.

"Ben came close, but he bowled over a bollard, unluckily for him.

"Compared to my win in 2010, this was the total opposite. We had to push from the first day and went as fast as we could in every stage.

"It was the hardest thing I've had to do in four days, but it was really to good to win again, especially against those Nissans, which are really fast."

Today's final stages comprised three 12.16 km runs through the Malaga industrial estate – packed with spectators – and three on the re-designed Killarnee City of Perth course over 2.65 km each time.

Mark Dobson/greg Butcher and their 1975 Triumph TR7 picked up 10 sec today to win the Competition-Classic competition by 70 sec over Simon and Susannah Lingford (Datsun 240Z). Graham Romyn/Nigel Jones was third in a Holden Torana A9X.

In the 130 kmh-restricted Challege-Modern, Sharon Gunsman and Helen Lunsann produced a superb effort to turn the tables on Ford Fiesta crew Razvan Iona Vlad, who had led from Thursday and started today 26 seconds in front of the Mitsubishi pair.

Gunson won every stage to lead home Vlad by 16 seconds. Alan Matthewson and Darren Padley were third n a BMW M1.

The Challenge-Classic section went to Bruce Lake and Peter Hall, in a Datsun 240Z. Lake took over the lead yesterday, ahead of Porsche pairings Robert Buys (Sanja Aksamija) and Paul and Mitch Thompson.

But it was Thompson's turn to shine today. He won every stage to reduce his deficit to first by 16 sec, although he fell a frustrating one second short of taking second spot from Buys.

RESULTS (Day Three | Provisional)
Competition-Modern
1 MAJOR/FLOOD (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) Total time 1:42.11
2 SEARCY/MARQUET (Nissan GT-R35) 1:42.19
3 VAN LOENHOUT/WHITE (Nissan GT-R35) 1:42.53

Competition-Classic
1 DOBSON/BUTCHER (Triumph TR7) 1:53.52
2 LINGFORD/LINGFORD (Datsun 240Z) 1:55.02
3 ROMYN/JONES (Holden Torana A9X) 1:56.01

Challenge-Modern
2 GUNSON/LUNSMANN (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7) 1:55.31
1 VLAD/VLAD (Ford Fiesta ST) 1:55.47
3 MATTHEWSON/PADLEY (BMW 1M) 2:02.19

Challenge-Classic
1 LAKE/HALL (Datsun 240Z) 1:59.28
2 BUYS/AKSAMIJA (Porsche 911) 2:01.00
3 THOMPSON/THOMPSON (Porsche 911RS) 2:01.05
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Re: 2013 Targa West - August 15th - 18th

Postby Catford on Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:30 am

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