2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

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2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:51 pm

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Date: 8th - 10th November
State: Victoria

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Re: 2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:54 am

www.targa.com.au wrote:Targa cars return to North East Victoria
10-Jul-2013
The roar of 150 highly-tuned engines will reverberate around North East Victoria again from November 8-10, when Targa High Country returns to the region.

As round two of the 2013/2014 CAMS Australian Targa Championship, this will be the fourth running of Targa High Country, which starts in Mansfield and is centred around the Mt Buller Resort.

Australia’s best tarmac rally drivers and their magnificent machines will be involved, headed by the reigning champion, Jason White, in his super-sleek Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera.

Starting with the now traditional closed-road stage around the streets of the Mansfield on Friday night, Targa High Country will put competitors to the test over 16 stages.

A 5pm start to the street stage will allow Targa fans to come and watch the action after work, with the stage to be immediately followed by the popular Targa Fest in the town’s main street.

On Saturday, the first four stages will see competitors head down Mt Buller, then up and over Tolmie and Whitlands to Whitfield, before a lunch break at Lake William Hovell. Cars will return to Mt Buller after the same four stages, run in the reverse direction on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday’s route heads to and from Eildon over a further eight closed road stages, before the official champagne finish on Mt Buller on Sunday afternoon.

The field of over 150 cars will be made up of competitors in 10 different Targa categories, headed by the outright contending Modern section, and with classes for Classics, Showroom cars and Muscle Cars.

“As the second round of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship, the series is already in full swing, and competitors are excited about returning to Targa High Country,” event director, Stuart Benson, said.

“Whether you’re a fan of the latest and greatest supercars like Lamborghinis and Nissans, or classics such as the Holden Torana, there’s a car to suit everyone’s liking.”

Modern favourite, Jason White, will be challenged by Matt Close (Audi TT RS) and motorsport legend, Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT2 RS), while Craig Haysman (1981 Triumph TR7 V8) and Greg Garwood (1976 Holden Torana A9X) will battle it out for Classic honours.

Ben Newman and Scott Millar will continue their Subaru vs Mitsubishi battle in 4WD Showroom, while television personality and Targa regular, Glenn Ridge, will again drive his Mazda RX7 in the event.

“One of the great things about Targa events is the diversity of cars,” Benson added.

“There are dozens of different makes and models entered, and while not every driver is battling for the win, every driver starts the event with their own specific goals.

“It doesn’t matter what your budget is, there’s a Targa class to suit everyone.”

For Targa High Country spectator information, visit the official event website at http://www.targa.com.au
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Re: 2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:27 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Big field for classic outright
28-Oct-2013
Next week’s Targa High Country will see more than 160 cars competing over the twisty tarmac roads in north east Victoria, with nearly 60 of those battling it out for the hotly contested Classic Outright title.

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"The Hoff" - winner in Adelaide, can he do it again at High Country?


Based at Mt Buller, Targa High Country is round two of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship – the fourth year that the event has been held.



The classic car competition, for those build before 1986, is a treasured class at Targa, highlighting many wonderful sports cars from an earlier era.



South Australian driver, Simon Hoff, took the Classic Outright victory at his home event in Adelaide in August, and with the points lead in the series after the opening round, he’ll be hoping for similar success in Victoria.



But the 1975 Ford Escort RS2000 driver will be making his debut on the event, which could put him at a real disadvantage against some of his more seasoned rivals.



Leading the list of challengers will be his fellow South Australian, Craig Haysman, who was third in Targa High Country in 2012. Driving a 1981 Triumph TR7 V8, Haysman looked on track for victory at Targa Adelaide, only for a mechanical failure to sideline him with the finish in sight.



Similarly, Roger Paterson will be one to watch in his 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. The Adelaide surgeon was on the pace in his home event, only to crash out, but with a repaired car he’ll be hoping to make amends.



The dark horse will undoubtedly be former touring car star, Andrew Miedecke, who returns to tarmac rallying after a two year-lay-off after his son, George, crashed his 1970 Ford Capri Perana.



Miedecke has regularly shown that he has the speed to win at this level, and the powerful V8 Ford will be right at home on the Targa High Country stages, especially on the fast and flowing roads on day one.



Another with ample V8 power under his right foot will be Tasmanian, Greg Garwood, in a thumping 1977 Holden Torana A9X. A replica of the car Peter Brock drove to victory at Bathurst in 1978, Garwood’s machine will be a real crowd favourite, but more importantly, is also expected to be right at the pointy end of the Classic Outright field.



The classic competition features a huge spread of makes and models, and others to watch include Jon Siddins in his 1970 Datsun 240Z, and the Targa Adelaide ‘Rookie Rallye’ winner, Andy Sarandis, in a 1986 Toyota Corolla.



For local motorsport fans, Mansfield’s Brian and Linda Dermott will make their annual Targa High Country appearance in their 1971 Holden Torana GTR XU-1, a beautifully presented car that has the support of many local businesses.



All in all the Classic Outright competition promises to be one of the most competitive, and closely watched over the three days of competition.



Starting with the now traditional closed-road stage around the streets of the Mansfield on Friday night, Targa High Country will put competitors to the test over 16 stages.



A 5pm start to the street stage will allow Targa fans to come and watch the action after work, with the stage to be immediately followed by the popular Targa Fest in the town’s main street.



On Saturday, the first four stages will see competitors head down Mt Buller, then up and over Tolmie and Whitlands to Whitfield, before a lunch break at Pizzini Wines. Cars will return to Mt Buller after the same four stages, run in the reverse direction on Saturday afternoon.



Sunday’s route heads to and from Eildon over a further eight closed road stages, before the official champagne finish on Mt Buller on Sunday afternoon.



The field of over 160 cars will be made up of competitors in 10 different Targa categories, headed by the outright contending Modern section, and with classes for Classics, Showroom cars and Muscle Cars.

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Re: 2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:54 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Friths hot Regularity favourites
03-Nov-2013
The father and son combination of Philip and David Frith will start as hot favourites in the Regularity competition of this year’s Targa High Country, which will run from November 8 to 10.

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The father and son combination of Philip and David Frith As the reigning CAMS Australian Targa Champions in the burgeoning class, the Friths missed the first round in South Australia in August, but will be looking to get their title campaign started with a win in Victoria.



Their 2012 Porsche Boxster S is well suited to the Regularity competition, although with no age limits on cars, and with the winner being the crew with the least amount of penalties at the end of the competitive stages, every driver is in with a chance of winning.



Over 20 cars will start Targa High Country, the highest number of Regularity entries for an event outside of Targa Tasmania.



The winner in Adelaide, Colin Zytveld, has not entered Targa High Country, nor have any of the top five finishers, opening the championship race right up.



Martin Duursma and his 2011 BMW M3 have a proven track record and will push the Friths hard, as will Alan and Heather Gluyas in their 2012 Toyota 86 GTS, Bill and Kathy Gill (2003 Porsche 911 Carrera), and Christopher Waldock and Christine Kirby in their beautiful 2012 Jaguar XKRS.



At the other end of the age scale, Adam and Dennis Dona-Domi’s 1968 Ford Falcon will be a real crowd favourite.



“Regularity is a growing and exciting part of the competition and a great way ‘to get your toes wet’,” co-driver, Christine Kirby, said recently on Targa's Facebook page.



Regularity crews are required to set an average speed of 90km/h over the stages, and are not permitted to drive slower than 30km/h, or faster than 130km/h.



Cars are fitted with GPS monitors that relay speeds back to the event command centre on Mt Buller, and penalties are applied to those going outside the specified rules.



It all makes for an intriguing competition, and the best crew combination, rather than the fastest car, is likely to be the winner.



The Regularity competitors run at the head of the Targa High Country field over the 16 competitive stages,

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Re: 2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:56 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Form driver wants more Targa success
05-Nov-2013
Tasmanian Subaru dealer, Ben Newman, is eager for more success after his maiden Targa victory in South Australia in August.

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Newman and Lewis - ready to attack at THC13 Newman and his co-driver, Crichton Lewis, have been the steady improvers in the CAMS Australian Targa Championship’s Showroom 4WD competition for two years, and will start next month’s Targa High Country with a five-point series lead.


The failure of a 50-cent part cost the Subaru WRX STI pair victory in April’s Targa Tasmania, but they made amends at Targa Adelaide, claiming a popular victory.



“It was certainly good to get a win, especially on unfamiliar wet roads and push up to fifth outright overall,” Newman said.



“Now we hope we can take some more speed to Mt Buller and get another podium finish.”



That, however, will be by no means easy, with a strong field of 15 Showroom 4WD cars entered in Targa High Country.



Newman’s recent victory was a rarity for Subaru in a competition dominated by Mitsubishi Lancers in recent years.



Former champions, Scott Millar and Chris Dean, will be hard to beat in their 2008 Lancer Evo X, as will the similar car of West Australians Stewart Liddle and Michael Lloyd.



Liddle, a former Subaru punter, had been on target for a podium finish in Adelaide, before ending his debut Mitsubishi outing against an earth bank with significant damage to his car.



Nevertheless, with that experience behind him, he’s expected to be back on the leading pace.



Clinton Arentz and Pete Burrey currently lie second in the championship in their Lancer and will be hoping for another points haul, while the female pairing of Luana Garwood and Suzanne Atkins are sure to push the men all the way to the finish in their Lancer Evo X.



The only non-Subaru or Mitsubishi in the Showroom 4WD field will be the 2011 Volkswagen Golf R of Victorians Dean Coutts and Brett Portbury. Although their VW is also four-wheel drive, it is likely to struggle for horsepower against the Lancers and Imprezas.



Starting with the now traditional closed-road stage around the streets of the Mansfield on Friday night, Targa High Country will put competitors to the test over 16 stages.



A 5pm start to the street stage will allow Targa fans to come and watch the action after work, with the stage to be immediately followed by the popular Targa Fest in the town’s main street.



On Saturday, the first four stages will see competitors head down Mt Buller, then up and over Tolmie and Whitlands to Whitfield, before a lunch break at Pizzini Wines in the King Valley. Cars will return to Mt Buller after the same four stages, run in the reverse direction on Saturday afternoon.



Sunday’s route heads to and from Eildon over a further eight closed road stages, before the official champagne finish on Mt Buller on Sunday afternoon.



The field of over 160 cars will be made up of competitors in 10 different Targa categories, headed by the outright contending Modern section, and with classes for Classics, Showroom cars and Muscle Cars.

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Postby Catford on Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:57 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Spence to work hard for Showroom victory
06-Nov-2013
Australian Targa Championship Showroom competition leader, Adam Spence, will have his work cut out taking victory at this weekend’s Targa High Country in Victoria.

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Adam Spence on his winning way in Adelaide Driving a 2013 Renault Megane RS 265, Spence and co-driver, Erin Kelly, have been in a class of their own in recent events, but stronger competition this weekend will put the pressure right on them.



"This is my favourite round of the championship and I am looking forward to this event this year more than ever,” Spence said.



“Hopefully it won’t be as wet as Targa Adelaide, where the weather made the conditions extremely challenging.”



Indonesian driver Bunjamin Noor and co-driver, Lee Challoner Miles, will drive the second of three Renault Meganes in the field, with the other to be driven by Ted Merewether.



But the variation in the Showroom competition cars is one of the category’s most enticing aspects.



Andrew Robinson will pilot a brand new 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP, while at the other end of the scale, James Hallett’s 2005 Holden HSV Clubsport DTS is sure to leave plenty of tyre marks and have Targa fans cheering from the sidelines.



Showroom regular, Philip Buggee, will also be well in the running for a top three finish in his nimble 2006 Fiat Grande Punto Sport.



Targa High Country is round two of the four round CAMS Australian Targa Championship.



Starting with the now traditional closed-road stage around the streets of the Mansfield on Friday night, Targa High Country will put competitors to the test over 16 stages.



A 5pm start to the street stage will allow Targa fans to come and watch the action after work, with the stage to be immediately followed by the popular Targa Fest in the town’s main street.



On Saturday, the first four stages will see competitors head down Mt Buller, then up and over Tolmie and Whitlands to Whitfield, before a lunch break at Pizzini Wines. Cars will return to Mt Buller after the same four stages, run in the reverse direction on Saturday afternoon.



Sunday’s route heads to and from Eildon over a further eight closed road stages, before the official champagne finish on Mt Buller on Sunday afternoon.



The field of over 160 cars will be made up of competitors in 10 different Targa categories, headed by the outright contending Modern section, and with classes for Classics, Showroom cars and Muscle Cars.

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Postby Catford on Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:00 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Modern a White v Glenney showdown
07-Nov-2013
Current Australian Targa Champion, Jason White, is determined to win this weekend’s Targa High Country after having to settle for second place in the first round of the championship in Adelaide in August.

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Steve Glenney in action in Adelaide

The Tasmanian’s fire-breathing Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera had to play second fiddle to local ace, Steve Glenney, in a Nissan GT-R in Adelaide, and the pair will resume their friendly rivalry on North East Victoria’s twisting tarmac stages. White infamously won Targa High Country in 2011, crossing the finish line of the final stage with the rear of his $600,000 Lamborghini on fire after a hydraulic fluid leak. Last year, he was on track to take back-to-back wins, only to see a mechanical problem on the second day sideline his Italian supercar. White went on to win the next two rounds and the Championship, but since Targa Tasmania in April Glenney has been meticulously fine-tuning his Nissan GT-R, and in wet conditions in South Australia, he was too fast for his main rival. The former gravel rally star has made the switch to tarmac rallying with ease, and such is Glenney’s prowess that he finished last year’s Targa High Country in fourth place – having started in the co-driver’s seat. Glenney called the pacenotes for Robin Knaggs on the early stages before taking the wheel of the same Nissan GT-R that he will drive this weekend. But the experienced White is quietly confident of repeating his 2011 Targa High Country success at an event that he rates as one of his favourites. “It may only be the second round of four in the championship, but we always go into events with a win or bust attitude,” White said. “Since Targa Adelaide we’ve done quite a lot of testing and have made some spring and shock absorber changes to the car which have seen us make some pretty good gains in performance. “The car now sticks to the road a lot better in the corners, and we’ve managed this without inducing too much understeer in the front. “We know Steve’s car will be fast on day one where his horsepower advantage will come into play, but hopefully we will have his measure on the tighter and twistier stages on day two,” White said. Glenney also knows that it’s unlikely that he’ll have two perfect events in a row. “We had a fantastic run in Adelaide, which makes me very nervous about what could go wrong in this event, as you rarely have two trouble-free events in a row,” Glenney said. “There are so many electronic gizmos on these cars that can play up, so you just have to push as hard as you can and hope that everything holds together. “The cooler weather predicted this weekend should help reduce tyre wear over stages that are usually pretty hard on tyres, and hopefully both Jason (White) and I can have a good battle.” Veteran touring car driver and multiple Targa Tasmania winner, Jim Richards, is another who will be eager to push for a top three place, with his 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS well suited to the Targa High Country stages. Similarly, the Melbourne husband and wife pairing of Matt and Casey Close have been regular pacesetters in their 2010 Audi TT RS Plus, and can be expected to be right near the top of the leaderboard. Tasmanian drivers Jamie Vandenberg (Nissan GT-R) and Matt Rickards (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX RS) will also be drivers to watch. Starting with the now traditional closed-road stage around the streets of the Mansfield on Friday night, Targa High Country will put competitors to the test over 16 stages. A 5pm start to the street stage will allow Targa fans to come and watch the action after work, with the stage to be immediately followed by the popular Targa Fest in the town’s main street. On Saturday, the first four stages will see competitors head down Mt Buller, then up and over Tolmie and Whitlands to Whitfield, before a lunch break at Pizzini Wines. Cars will return to Mt Buller after the same four stages, run in the reverse direction on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s route heads to and from Eildon over a further eight closed road stages, before the official champagne finish on Mt Buller on Sunday afternoon. The field of over 160 cars will be made up of competitors in 10 different Targa categories, headed by the outright contending Modern section, and with classes for Classics, Showroom cars and Muscle Cars.
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Postby Catford on Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:29 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Targa series changes ownership
08-Nov-2013
Octagon Australia has today announced the sale of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship to Targa Australia Pty Ltd, a newly formed company backed by a group of tarmac rally supporters.

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The deal will see the CAMS Australian Targa Championship – including Targa Wrest Point, Targa Tasmania, Targa Adelaide and Targa High Country – in the hands of the new entity, effective November 12, 2013



Having acquired Targa Tasmania back in 1999, Octagon has grown the championship from one to four events over the past five years. The series now stands as one of the world`s pre-eminent tarmac rally championships.



Commenting on the sale, Octagon`s Asia Pacific President Sean Nicholls said: “We are delighted to have concluded this agreement with a group that is owned and run by people that have a passion for, and who truly believe in tarmac rallying. They have some great plans for the sport and we certainly wish them well with the championship in 2014, and beyond.”



Targa Australia Pty Ltd spokesman, Les Smith, who owns current Targa sponsor, RDA Brakes, said: “It's very exciting for us to continue our long association with tarmac rallying, and we are looking forward to continuing the growth of Targa in the years ahead. Plans for the 25th Anniversary Targa Tasmania in 2016 will commence immediately. It promises to be the largest field of Targa cars ever assembled.”



CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca has also thrown his support behind the new owners of the Championship: "The CAMS Australian Targa Championship is one of the best managed events in the motor sport world. CAMS is proud to be associated with the Championship and particularly pleased to see that it will remain in the hands of passionate and committed tarmac rally supporters. We congratulate and thank Octagon, and in particular Sean Nicholls, for establishing the series as a world class Championship and look forward to Targa Australia building on that legacy."

The championship dates and details will remain as published for 2014.

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Postby Catford on Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:30 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Girl power an evolution at THC
08-Nov-2013
This weekend’s Targa High Country will have an unusual occurrence, with three all-female crews competing in the event.

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All of the ladies will be competing in Mitsubishi Lancers, which we’re pretty sure is the first time that this has happened in a round of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship.

Two of the crews will be competing in the Early Modern competition.

Samantha Stevens and Simone Buchanan are Targa regulars in their 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, and have regularly outpaced the men across many Targa stages.

Sharon Gunson and Helen Lunsmann, on the other hand, are relative newcomers to tarmac rallying, and will pilot a 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII.

The other Lancer, a 2010 Evolution VIII model, will be driven by regular competitor, Luana Garwood, with Suzanne Atkins in the co-driver’s seat. Luana is the wife of Greg Garwood, who will be competing for Classic Outright honours in a 1977 Holden Torana A9X.

The addition of three all-female crews to Targa High Country again shows that tarmac rallying is not just for the boys. And you can be sure that there’ll be many of their male counterparts looking closely at the stage times at the end of each day.

Good luck over this weekend’s 16 Targa stages ladies.

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Re: 2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:38 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:White leads as Glenney hits barrier
09-Nov-2013
Tasmanian Jason White has finished day one of Targa High Country with a commanding one minute lead after his main rival, Steve Glenney, crashed out on the final run up the Mt Buller road.

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Steve Glenney set the early pace on day 1 Driving a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, White trailed his South Australian rival by 10 seconds after the first seven closed road tarmac stage, but the Nissan GT-R driver fell foul of the unseasonal winter conditions, which turned the mountain road into a nightmare drive.



South Australian hot shot, Craig Haysman, leads the Classic Outright competition in his 1981 Triumph TR7 V8, while Angus Kennard holds a narrow three-second advantage in the 4WD Showroom class.



Round two of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship got underway with a street stage in Mansfield on Friday evening, before four stages led cars from Mt Buller to Whitfield on Saturday, before competing over the same stages in the reverse direction in the afternoon.



After his convincing win in round one of the championship in Adelaide in August, Glenney shot out of the starting blocks quickly in his Nissan, and was fastest on the first seven stages to establish a handy 10 second buffer.



But it all went wrong on the run up Mt Buller, with rain, fog and even snow giving crews an extra challenge.



"We hit a guardrail about two thirds of the way up the mountain, splitting an oil cooler and put us out of the event," Glenney said.



"We were driving at a safe speed, braking early into corners, but we were caught out and hit the guard rail at about 25km/h."



It gave White a lead of one minute and three seconds after the first day, and while happy with his advantage, he was disappointed Glenney's event had come to an end.



"It's one of those funny situations where it’s a relief that you don't have such a close tussle anymore, but it's a real shame because we were having a hell of a battle," White said.



"Usually the closest battles offer the sweetest rewards, but having said that it's nice to take a one minute lead into tomorrow.



"We've had no mechanical issues today, only the tyre choice that we were a bit concerned with in the dry, and we're looking forward to tomorrow's eight stages."



Victorian Matt Close moved into second place in his Audi TT RS Plus, a further minute clear of the Nissan GT-R of Ben Searcy.



Veteran touring car driver and motorsport legend, Jim Richards, made the most of the afternoon's wet conditions to move into fourth place in his Porsche 911 GT2 RS, just clear of Jamie Vandenberg's Nissan GT-R.



In Classic Outright, Craig Haysman is out make up for his round one exit with victory in his Triumph TR7. He enjoyed a trouble free day, and holds a 17 second lead over the 1970 Datsun 240Z of Jon Siddins. Former touring car star, Andrew Miedecke, is third in a 1970 Ford Capri Perana.



We had a crack this morning and went out hard, as we knew there were a lot of guys who were on the money, and we had built up a time gap by lunchtime," Haysman said.



"But coming up that mountain was the hairiest thing I've ever done - and now it's snowing, so how cool is that!"



"We're hoping it's dry tomorrow because they're really, really beautiful stages, so we can't wait."



There's a thrilling battle in 4WD Showroom, with the first four cars separated by just 15 seconds. The Subaru's of Angus Kennard and Ben Newman are first and fourth, with the Mitsubishis of Clinton Arentz and Scott Millar sandwiched in between.



"It's been a good day, but it's been a contrast with extreme weather conditions - hot and dry down in the valley, and wet up on the mountain," Kennard said.



"This is the first time I've driven this car, so I'm just feeling my way, but it feels alright. Everything's going to plan at this stage."



In other categories, Peter Ullrich (1963 Jensen CV8) leads the Early Classic Handicap, Craig Haysman also leads Late Classic Handicap, and Adam Spence has continued his dominance of the Showroom competition.



Tim Hendy's Nissay Skyline is 10 seconds ahead in Early Modern, Michael Minshall (Audi TT RS) controls Showroom Sports, and Craig Dean heads the exciting new Modern Muscle Cars class.



Day two of Targa High Country heads from Mt Buller to Eildon over eight closed road tarmac stages, with the cars finishing back on Mt Buller late in the afternoon. With snow forecast on the mountain on Sunday, it could make for an exciting finish.

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www.targa.com.au wrote:Two-way tussle in Early Modern
09-Nov-2013
Only 10 seconds separates the leading two cars in the Early Modern competition of Targa High Country, being held in Victoria's north east this weekend.

Queenslanders Tim Hendy and Joanne Sibley had been third at the lunch break, but on the run back to Mt Buller they stretched the legs of their 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R to open up their advantage.

In second place, but far from out of the contest, are Jason Whitburn and Warren Phillip-Clarke in a 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5.

The Western Australians led after four stages, but slipped to second, although they are still nearly a minute and a half clear of the 1994 BMW M3R of Brett Morse and Rodney Ng.

In fourth are Robert Balint and Peter Lane (Lancer Evo VI), with Doug Walker and Peter Kay (Nissan Skyline) fifth.

Results after Day 1:

EARLY MODERN
1. Tim Hendy / Joanne Sibley, 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R
2. Jason Whitburn / Warren Phillip-Clarke, 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5, +10s
3. Brett Morse / Rodney Ng, 1994 BMW M3-R, +1m36s
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Postby Catford on Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:43 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Thrilling battle in 4WD Showroom
09-Nov-2013
There's a thrilling battle in 4WD Showroom at Targa High Country, with the first four cars separated by just 15 seconds.


The Subaru's of Angus Kennard and Ben Newman are first and fourth, with the Mitsubishis of Clinton Arentz and Scott Millar sandwiched in between.


"It's been a good day, but it's been a contrast with extreme weather conditions - hot and dry down in the valley, and wet up on the mountain," Kennard said.


"This is the first time I've driven this car, so I'm just feeling my way, but it feels alright. Everything's going to plan at this stage."


Newman, the winner of the category at round one in South Australia, had some turbo boost problems on day one, but hopes to have those repaired so that he can push towards victory on day two.


The Showroom competition for two-wheel drive cars is once again led convincingly by Adam Spence in his Renault Megane RS 265, a full three minutes and one second ahead of his team-mate, Indonesian driver Bunjamin Noor.


James Hallett and Alice McKenzie in their crowd-pleasing 2005 Holden HSV Clubsport DTS are third, just 15 seconds in arrears of Noor.


The battle resumes tomorrow over a further eight tarmac stages.


Results after Day 1:


4WD SHOWROOM
1. Angus Kennard / Ian Wheeler, 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
2. Clinton Arentz / Pete Burrey, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +3s
3. Dean Millar / Chris Dean, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +8s


SHOWROOM
1. Adam Spence / Erin Kelly, 2013 Renault Megane RS 265
2. Bunjamin Noor / Lee Challoner-Miles, 2011 Renault Megane RS 250, +3m01s
3. James Hallett / Alice McKenzie, 2005 Holden HSV Clubsport DTS, +3m16s
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Re: 2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:44 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Perfect day for Haysman in Classics
09-Nov-2013
South Australian, Craig Haysman, has had the perfect day at Targa High Country and leads both the Classic Outright and Late Classic Handicap competitions after day one.

In the Early Classic Handicap, Peter Ullrich has driven his beautifully prepared 1963 Jensen CV8 to the lead, but has Jon Siddins' Datsun 240Z close on his tail. Andrew Miedecke lies in third place after throttle problems with his Ford Capri Perana early on day one..

Haysman (Triumph TR7 V8) finished his day 25 seconds clear in Late Classi, ahead of Steve McClintock in a Datsun 240Z, with the lovely Ferrari 308 GTB of Robert Gambino in third place.

"We had a crack this morning and went out hard, as we knew there were a lot of guys who were on the money, and we had built up a time gap by lunchtime," Haysman said.

"But coming up that mountain was the hairiest thing I've ever done - and now it's snowing, so how cool is that!"

"We're hoping it's dry tomorrow because they're really, really beautiful stages, so we can't wait."

Day two of Targa High Country will see competitors tackle a further eight tarmac stages on the run from Mt Buller to Eildon and back.

CLASSIC OUTRIGHT
1. Craig Haysman / Neil Branum, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8
2. Jon Siddins / Gina Jeffries, 1970 Datsun 240Z, +17s
3. Andrew Miedecke / Daniell Wilson, 1970 Ford Capri Perana, +43s
4. Peter Ullrich / Sari Ullrich, 1963 Jensen CV8, +1m38s
5. Simon Gunson, Jurgen Lunsmann, 1971 Ford Capri, +2m12s

EARLY CLASSIC HANDICAP
1. Peter Ullrich / Sari Ullrich, 1963 Jensen CV8
2. Jon Siddins / Gina Jeffries, 1970 Datsun 240Z, 17s
3. Andrew Miedecke / Daniell Wilson, 1970 Ford Capri Perana, +1m22s

LATE CLASSIC HANDICAP
1. Craig Haysman / Neil Branum, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8
2. Steve McClintock / Jann Skinner, 1985 Mazda RX7, +25s
3. Robert Gambino / Mary Hughes, 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB, +37s
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Re: 2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:45 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Down to the wire in 4WD Showroom
10-Nov-2013
It all came down to the last stage and the dash up Mt Buller in the 4WD Showroom competition.

Going into the stage, Angus Kennard led Clinton Arentz by just five seconds, and there was all to play for.

After leading for most of the event, Kennard, in a brand new Subaru WRX, set a blistering time on the stage, out-pacing Arentz by 14 seconds to take a 19 second win.

"We had a good day, despite a couple of issues with the intercom, but overall it's been great," Kennard said.

"The new car has gone perfectly and I couldn't be happier. It's a credit to the guys at Les Walkden Rallying for building such a great car."

Arentz wasn't disappointed to finish second, having given it his all over the final day. He briefly took the lead, but Kennard's final charge was too much for the Mitsubishi driver.

Targa Adelaide winner, Ben Newman, finished third and took the final place on the podium in his Subaru WRX, with Dean Millar (Mitsubishi) fourth, and Stewart Liddle (Mitsubishi) in fifth.

Michael Minshall and Kirrilee Gentleman (2011 Audi TT RS) were the only finishers in Showroom Sports.

The Modern Muscle Car class was dominated by Craig Dean and Emma Quigley in their Ford Mustang as they finished 51 seconds in front of their nearest rival.

That was the Chevrolet Corvette of Daniel and Nathalie Ford, with the similar car of Neill Ford and Colin Maher in third place.

4WD SHOWROOM - provisional results
1, Angus Kennard / Ian Wheeler, 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
2. Clinton Arentz / Pete Burrey, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +19s
3. Ben Newman / Crichton Lewis, 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX, +53s

SHOWROOM SPORTS
1. Michael Minshall / Kirrilee Gentleman, 2011 Audi TT RS

MODERN MUSCLE CARS
1. Craig Dean / Emma Quigley, 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2. Daniel Ford / Nathalie Ford, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, +51s
3. Neill Ford / Colin Maher, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, +3m38s


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Re: 2013 Targa High Country - November 8th - 10th

Postby Catford on Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:47 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Gluyas takes narrow Regularity lead
09-Nov-2013
Twenty-two cars enjoyed mostly perfect conditions over day one of Targa High Country, with only the final stage offering adverse weather for crews.

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Alan and Heather Gluyas steered their Toyota 86 GTS to a four point lead after eight stages and will be well pleased with their performance.

They lost just one penalty point on the final run up Mt Buller and lead the reigning series champions, Philip and David Frith, in their 2012 Porsche Boxster S.

Equal second, also with 30 points penalty, are Chris and Warwick Hope in their 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, with the four-wheel drive Lancer Evo XI relishing the wet conditions on the final stage to move into fifth place.

Regularity after Day 1:

1. Gluyas / Gluyas, Toyota 86 GTS, 26pts
=2. Frith / Frith, Porsche Boxter S, 30pts
=2, Hope / Hope, Porsche 944 Turbo, 30pts
4. Davis / Best, HSV W427, 46pts
5. Knapp / Lake, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI, 52pts
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