2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 9:30 am

www.targa.com.au wrote:Regularity wrap – day three
09-May-2014

For a team not even going to enter, you’d think you’d be happy in third place in the regularity category, but Jeff Beable just reckons he’s getting confused. He shouldn’t – it’s his 21st Targa Tasmania.

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The Beables


“We weren’t going to enter, but we opted to run in regularity to help fill the numbers.


“We thought regularity would be simple enough - but it ‘aint simple. It’s a really, really tough call.


“The stop doesn’t work, I get confused and she (wife and co-driver Nerida) just yells numbers at me which don’t mean a thing, but we’re still having fun,” Beable told Targa Media.


Father and son team Phillip and David Frith still lead the category on 42 points, ahead of Darryl and Andrew Marshall on 55 points. The Beables aren’t far behind sitting on 57 points. Who knows they could end up winning the event they weren’t going to enter!




Regularity after day 3 of 5


1. Philip Frith/David Frith, Porsche Boxter S, 42pts
2. Darryl Marshall/Andrew Marshall, Ford Falcon Ute Pursuit 250, 55pts
3. Jeff Beable/Nerida Beable, Nissan R35, 57pts
4. Allan Gluyas/Heather Gluyas, Toyota 86 GTS, 80pts
5. Martin Duursma/Marc Sobbel, Lotus Exige X, 101pts
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 9:32 am

www.targa.com.au wrote:RDA Brakes Early modern – Day 3 action
09-May-2014

Ben Manion’s Nissan Skyline GTS-t started the day 51 seconds clear of Peter Nunn’s 1990 Porsche 944 S2 and set the pace across the day to stretch his lead over his fellow Tasmanian out to three and a half minutes after a further eight stages and 145 kilometres of testing rallying.

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Ben Manion

With eight Targa Tasmania events under his belt Manion will be hard to beat and with two days to go he must surely be readying himself for another title.


With wet weather ahead, he’s glad to have a good time buffer up his sleeve.


“It’s been a pretty good day for us today and we’ve had no reliability issues at all,” Manion said.


“Mole Creek was a bit slippery so I decided not to take any risks with it and apart from that we’ve been keeping an eye on the time to keep the gap at around a minute to a minute and a half.”


RESULTS - RDA Brakes Early Modern


1. Ben Manion/Julie Winton-Monet, 1990 Nissan Skyline GTS-t
2. Peter Nunn/Keith Johnstone, 1990 Porsche 944 S2, +3min 32s
3. Richard Perini/Chris Perini, 2000 Porsche 911 GT3, +6min 23s
4. Stephen Thatcher/Kelly Handley, Nissan ATTKD Select R SP, +6min 25s
5. Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec, +8min 1s
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 9:34 am

www.targa.com.au wrote:RDA Brakes Modern Muscle Cars - Day 3
09-May-2014

It came down to three contenders in the RDA Brakes Modern Muscles on day three after the husband and wife team of Daniel and Nathalie Ford in a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 were among those that had problems on TS18 Cethana stage, crashing into a bank.

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Muscle Cars are popular at Targa

It was up to Daniel’s father, Neill, also competing in a Chevrolet Corvette, to keep the family hopes alive as he battled against overnight leaders Craig Dean and Jenny Cole in their 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


But despite some power issues early, Dean’s Mustang stayed out in front and holds a two minute 24 second advantage heading into Leg Four.


“For a big car, the Mustang handles the tight twisty stuff surprisingly well,” Dean said.


“The car’s beautiful and this morning was a bit slippery, so we still couldn’t get all the power to the ground, but when we got the stages on the West Coast, the coarser road surface increased our grip level and it’s really, really good.


Results - RDA Brakes Modern Muscle
1. Craig Dean/Jenny Cole, 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2. Neill Ford /Colin Maher, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, +2min 24s
3. Andrew Clingeleffer/David Rust, 2013 Daytona Coupe, +52min 31s


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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 9:39 am

www.targa.com.au wrote:Glenney out of Modern
10-May-2014

Overnight modern leaders, Steve Glenney and Bernie Webb have been forced to withdraw their Nissan GT-R from Targa Tasmania after failing to fix a gearbox problem overnight.

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Steve Glenney's GT-R sits in the streets of Strahan after the rest of the field headed north On the last stage yesterday Glenney noticed a problem.


“Fourth gear just let go.’” Glenney said. “It’s a brand new box and we’re a bit baffled as t why it happened.”


“We asked around but no-one had a spare. So the boys went to Launceston to get the box that failed David Ayers earlier this week, thinking it might be fixable.


“They got back to Strahan about one in the morning, had it going by around four, but there were still faults and issues and couldn’t get it to work properly.


“It’s very frustrating. Sadly we’re getting used to it.


“The pleasing thing about the event is that we left Targa Tasmania last year with a list of things to fix and we had them fixed. But then this happened. We had control of the race.”


With Glenney out, Jason White takes over the lead, with a one minute 29 second lead over Matt Close with Jamie Vandenberg a further one minute seven seconds back in third.
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Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 4:51 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:One of Targa’s toughest tests
10-May-2014

The fourth day of Targa Tasmania is renowned for producing drama, a reminder that the event is a test of endurance as much as speed. In 2014, ‘Super Saturday’ was one of the more dramatic in the event’s 23-year history.


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Jamie Vandenberg is suddenly the modern leader


Overnight modern leader, Steve Glenney, was the first to go, a failed gearbox meaning his Nissan GT-R did not even make it to the start line in Strahan.


Defending champion Jason White suddenly found himself comfortably out in front in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, but he too fell short, crashing out on the Riana stage when a famous victory looked certain.


Brutal conditions from heavy rain meant it was a difficult day, even for the reigning champion.


“It is really gutting,” said White. “We had a two and a half minute lead and we were lining ourselves up for a good finish.


“I tried to brake but just couldn’t do anything. It was just like ice.”


With the top two gone, Jamie Vandenberg leapt into the lead, having charged ahead of Matt Closes’ Audi TT RS across the opening four stages of the day.


Vandenberg, driving a Nissan GT-R, finished the day 16 -seconds clear of Close, and with the third placed Tony Quinn a further five minutes in arrears, it looks set for a two-car tussle all the way to the finish line in Hobart on Sunday.


Classic Outright was a little more sedate, overnight leader Craig Haysman keeping his 1981 Triumph TR7 out of trouble, extending his lead to more than three minutes over the 1974 Porsche Carrera RS of South Australian Roger Patterson.


In Showroom action, Targa great Jim Richards hit a fence on Riana and damaged the radiator on his Porsche Camyan S, handing the Showroom Sports lead to Michael Minshall in an Audi TT RS.


In Showroom 4WD, Clinton Arentz, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, finally cleared out on Ben Newman’s Subaru WRX STI who had boost problems.


With chaos all around him, Vandenberg managed to stay out of trouble.


“There’s been plenty of dramas today and luckily we managed to stay out of them,” said Vandenberg.


“We’ve been making up time on Matt (Close) all day, but we stopped to help Whitey (Jason White) when he crashed, so we got a derived time for the stage.


“There’s still a long way to go, but we’ve been rotating our tyres to maximise grip and wear every day, so we didn’t really have any tyre problems today.


“We’ve still got two good sets of tyres, so it shouldn’t be an issue tomorrow either.”


Close will still like his chances on the run to Hobart after taking a cautious approach on the penultimate day.


“We’ve got a real battle on our hands now.”


“We’ve been fairly conservative today as it was absolutely treacherous out there and we had a couple of moments early so we pulled our horns in a bit,” Close said.


“We thought we’d made the wrong tyre choice, but the conditions were the problem today, not the tyres.”


Haysman’s conservative approach also paid off.


“We had to pull back a bit today as the roads were so wet and greasy,” Haysman said.


“The last five kilometres of Riana were horrendous – we saw at least six or seven cars off, and we couldn’t get grip, so we backed off. Luckily we had enough of a buffer to maintain the lead.”


Barry Faux had a day he’d rather forget, but still leads Late Classics while the Early Classic has a new leader in Andrew White, driving a 1961 Volvo 1225.


Ben Manion had dominated Early Modern for three days, but alternator issues handed the class lead to another 1990 Skyline driven by Liam Howarth.


Andrew Bollom (Renault Megane 250) has a stanglehold on Showroom, as does Craig Dean in Modern Muscle Cars.


Sunday sees a final six stages across 100 competitive kilometres, with the field looking forward to crossing the finish line at Hobart’s Wrest Point after surviving a brutal five-day motorsport test.
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 8:18 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Classics wrap - Leg 4
10-May-2014

Late Classics leader Leigh Achterberg has crashed out on day four with the title expected to come down to the wire on the final day given just four seconds separates the new top two contenders.

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Barry Faux

Achterberg and co-driver Greg Fitzgerald were almost eight minutes ahead and looking for a smooth ride to Hobart, when they hit trouble about a kilometre from the end of TS29 Riana.


“The corner was slippery; others had gone off. We didn’t go into it that fast but the road surface must have been different and we had no grip,” Achterberg said.


Achterberg said prior to the Riana stage, the 1982 Porsche 944 had experienced a good day in the wet.
“The rain had been our friend. We were going well and I wasn’t going to push it hard, just take it conservatively,“ he said.


Achterberg started the day 14 seconds ahead of the 1985 Mazda RX-7 of Barry Faux and had taken out all four stages prior to crashing out.


It allowed Steve McClintock in a 1985 Mazda RX-7 to snatch the lead over Faux. It was a tough morning for Faux who’d dropped almost six minutes by TS27 Murchison, but a stronger performance in the later stages saw him overtake McClintock.


“We’d had a poor performance inside the car, but we’d stayed out of danger and we’re looking for a better day tomorrow,” Faux said.


Faux heads into the final day four seconds ahead of McClintock.


In the Early Classics, Peter Ullrich leads by six minutes 11 seconds from the Volvo 122S of Andrew White, who enjoys a further three minute 7 second advantage over Paul Freestone.


Ross Steuart in a 1962 Ford Anglia 105e sits in third, having had a strong day in the wet. He’s hoping for the same conditions tomorrow.


“There’s been lots of carnage today, so it tends to slow you down a bit.


“Our car is great in the wet, with its skinny little tyres and no power,” he said.


Day four was a rest day for competitors in the Shannons Classic Florio and the Shannons Vintage Rallye categories.


In Florio, the 1985 Porshe 944 of Glenn Rees heads into the final day more than seven minutes ahead of the beautiful 1976 Morgan Plus 8 of Mac and Marjorie Russell, and the oldest car in the event, the 1934 Indy Car Special of Graham Copeland, leads the Vintage Rallye competition prior to tomorrow’s wrap up.


RESULTS
Shannons Late Classic Handicap
1. Barry Faux/Therezia Mihajilovic, 1985 Mazda RX-7
2. Steve McClintock/Jann Skinner, 1985 Mazda RX-7, +4s
3. Mark Hammond/Gordon Lennox, 1980 Jaguar XJS, +4min 2s
4. Stewart McAuley/Philippe Etienne, 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, +4min 57s
5. Craig Haysman/Neil Branum, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8 +6min 38s


Shannons Early Classics handicap
1. Peter Ullrich/Sari Ullrich, 1963 Jensen CV8
2. Andrew White/Ashley Yelds, 1961 Volvo 122S, +6 mins 11s
3. Paul Freestone/Christine Freestone, 1948 Holden 215, +8min 18s
4. Ross Steuart/Jill Steuart, 1962 Ford Anglia 105e, +12min 03s
5. Richard Woodward/Neil Gibson, 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, +12min 59s
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 8:19 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Early modern/Modern Muscle – Leg 4 wrap
10-May-2014

Category favourite Ben Manion relinquished his lead in the RDA brakes Early Modern category after suffering mechanical problems early on day four.


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Craig Dean


Manion in a 1990 Nissan Skyline GTS-t had dominated the category for the entire event, but alternator issues stopped him short on TS26.


In contrast, it was a pearler of a day for Liam Howarth who managed to catapult his Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec from fifth into first.


“We started today on a fresh set of tyres, as we weren’t real confident when it started to rain last night.


“We decided to step things up a notch and try and get back some time,” he said.


“We were fairly lucky, other cars had some problems and we picked up a heap in the early stages today, but now we have to defend our gap all the way to Hobart.”


The Howarth team of Liam and Larry head into the final day with a two and half minute buffer over Richard and Chris Perini in their Porsche 911 GT3.


In the RDA Brakes Modern Muscle, it was another day of smooth sailing for the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 of Craig Dean and Jenny Cole. They’re now five minutes 18 seconds ahead of Neill Ford’s Chevrolet Corvette.


Dean put new tyres on last night to ensure maximum grip in the wet, but he did find the powerful Mustang a challenge in today’s treacherous conditions.


“It’s been a job to handle the horsepower today and it’s been a continual battle to stop it going sideways.


“It’s impossible to get all my power to the ground, so I’ve been gingerly dealing with whatever grip level I’ve got,” he said.


Dean just needs to continue what he’s been doing and he’s assured of victory in the capital tomorrow.


RESULTS
RDA Brakes Early Modern
1. Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
2. Richard Perini/Chris Perini, 2000 Porsche 911 GT3, +2min 30s
3. Melinda Bergmann/Matthew Van Tuinen, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI TME, +4min 2s
4. Paul Henry/Kathy Henry, 1993 Porsche 968 CS, +4min 34s
5. Charles Nott, Nicole O’Neill, 1998 TVR Chimaera, +11min 9s


RDA Brakes Modern Muscle
1. Craig Dean/Jenny Cole, 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2. Neill Ford /Colin Maher, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, +5min 18s
3. Daniel Ford/Nathalie Ford, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, +17min 6s
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 8:22 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Showroom wrap - Leg 4
10-May-2014

Day four and the atrocious wet conditions saw an end to racing car veteran Jim Richards’ bid to claim victory in a new category.


Richards and co-driver Barry Oliver crashed out on TS28 Riana.

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Clinton Arentz

Day four and the atrocious wet conditions saw an end to racing car veteran Jim Richards’ bid to claim victory in a new category.


Richards and co-driver Barry Oliver crashed out on TS28 Riana.


“We came around the corner a bit wide and just grazed the fence. It’s holed the radiator and leaked the water out. We just turned the car off and parked it,” the eight-time Targa Tasmania winner said.


It’s just the second time in 22 years the Targa’s pair has crashed out.


“We were having a great run. Last time (we crashed) it was the same story, a punctured radiator,” Oliver said.


Richards and Oliver were competing for the first time in the Showroom Sports category, in a new Porsche Cayman S.


“There’s a lot more disappointed people than just us out there. “Ours is a simple fix and we can go again,” Richards said.


“We’ll probably come back in the same car next year – if nothing bigger and better comes out!”


Richards had dominated the first three days of competition and with the champion now out of contention, the 2011 Audio TTRS of Michael Minshall moves into the lead, more than four minutes ahead of Glyn Crimp.


“We’ve been going cautiously today, even more cautiously than we’ve been approaching it so far.


“It’s a shame Jim (Richards) is out. As cool as it is to have a chance to win it, it would have been really cool to be up on the podium with Jim Richards,” Minshall said.


Circuit racer Clinton Arentz has secured a convincing lead over rival Ben Newman in the RDA Brakes Showroom Sports category and remains confident of staying on top of the Subaru on the final day of competition tomorrow.


It’s been a neck and neck battle between the pair with Arentz heading into the penultimate day of competition just five seconds ahead of the young and determined Newman.
With boost issues, the Subaru team dropped 46 seconds in the first stage and by TS27 were one minute 30 sec off the pace.


Newman clawed back five seconds on TS28, but by days end Arentz had stemmed the flow and finished with a comfortable one minute 31 ahead.


Arentz said the wet suited his 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X well.


“We changed tyres last night, even though we still had plenty of tread.


“We’ve got two sets of tyres and we’ve got to use them somewhere, so today was as good a day as any, and judging by how they went, we’ll still have good rubber left when we get to Hobart,” he said.


It hasn’t been a good 24 hours for Newman and co-driver Crichton Lewis, but Lewis is hopeful of a better day tomorrow.


“We’re going to sort a few things out. It’s a new day tomorrow, so we’re going to focus on going faster and getting back into the grove,” Lewis said.


Showroom category leader Andrew Bollom hit trouble early in today’s leg, which could have put at risk his unassailable lead.


Bollom, competing in 2011 renault Megane RS 250 with co-driver Lee Challoner-Miles paid the price early of not changing tyres ahead of the rain.


“I made the mistake of not changing my tyres last night and we paid for it in the first two stages and we had a couple of close calls with spins, but we’ll definitely change them tonight,” Bollom said.


“We’re still taking it fairly easy, but it’s hard to hold back on these great roads,” he said.
“It’s been extremely slippery and quite diabolical in some places today.”


Bollom extended his lead to over 14 minutes over todays seven stages and barring any setbacks on the final day, the top three of Bollom, Robinson and Spence look decided.


RESULTS
RDA Brakes Showroom Sports
1. Michael Minshall/Kirrilee Gentleman, 2011 Audi TTRS
2. Glyn Crimp/Paul van der Mey, 2012 Audi TTRS, +4min 18s


RDA Brakes Showroom
1. Andrew Bollom/Lee Challoner-Miles, 2011 Renault Megane RS 250
2. Andrew Robinson/Thomas Browell, 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP, +14min 47s
3. Adam Spence/Erin Kelly, 2013 Renault Megane RS 265, +41min 53s


RDA Brakes 4WD Showroom
1. Clinton Arentz/Dale Moscatt, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2. Ben Newman/Crichton Lewis, 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, +1min 31s
3. Ralph Norton/Malcolm Norton, 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, +9min 43s
4. Barrie Smith/Jan Smith, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X, +10min 48s
5. Gregory Burrowes/Rhonda Burrowes, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +17min 19s
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sat May 10, 2014 8:24 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Regularity wrap – Leg 4
10-May-2014

The Frith team has maintained composure to stay in top spot on day four of the regularity category but the notorious Riana stage claimed second placed Darryl Marshall.

With one full day left, the Frith father and son team sit 17 points ahead of Jeff and Nerida Beable. Darryl and Andrew Marshall have slipped into fifth after an off at the Riana finish line.


“We were doing well, but just spun off and into an embankment,” Darryl said.


Despite damage to every panel, the Ford Falcon ute was repaired in Strahan with the help of fellow regularity competitors.


“We’ll be up and running tomorrow. We haven’t come this far to not cross the finish line,” Darryl added.


RESULTS
1. Philip Frith/David Frith, Porsche Boxter S, 50pts
2. Jeff Beable/Nerida Beable, Nissan R35, 67pts
3. Allan Gluyas/Heather Gluyas, Toyota 86 GTS, 88pts
4. Martin Duursma/Marc Sobbel, Lotus Exige S, 132pts
5. Darryl Marshall/Andrew Marshall, Ford Falcon Ute Pursuit 250, 268pt
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sun May 11, 2014 5:08 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Showroom wrap - end of 5
11-May-2014

When you’re competing against the likes of motorsport champion Jim Richards in your category, Michael Minshall probably wasn’t contemplating claiming the RDA Brakes Showroom Sports category title.

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Andrew Bollom won Showroom

But Minshall and Kirrilee Gentleman took the honours in what became a two horse race between two Audis (his 2011 Audi TTRS and Glyn Crimp and Paul van der Mey’s 2012 model) after Richards crashed out.


For the first three days of competition, Targa veterans Jim Richards and Barry Oliver had dominated but Minshall capitalised when Richards came off in the wet on day four.


An eight-time Targa Tasmania winner, Richards had been competing for the first time in the Showroom Sports category in a brand new 2014 Porsche Cayman S.


“This is our best Targa result ever and much as it’s fantastic for me, it’s still a shame we won’t get to share the podium with Jim (Richards),” Minshall said.


“Yesterday (Saturday) with all the rain was hard. You had to concentrate and you actually had to drive slower sometimes.”


With a handy lead going into day five, Minshall only had to make sure he crossed the finish line to claim the title.


“It’s not necessarily the toughest event we’ve done, but some of the stages were very tough in themselves,” he added.


Undoubtedly, the most convincing category win in this year’s Targa Tasmania belonged to Andrew Bollom and Lee Challoner-Miles in RDA Brakes Showroom.


Bollom, competing in a 2011 Renault Megane RS 250, had an emphatic win; almost 17 minutes ahead of his nearest rival.


“It’s a sensational result for us and better than we could have hoped for. The conditions played into our hands a bit and we’ve been managing to keep it smooth,” Bollom said.


The event category was left wide open after favourite Adam Spence, in his 2013 Renault Megane, missed stages on day one and was out of contention.


Bollom seized on the opportunity and never looked back, leaving contenders well behind on all five days of competition.


“Our aim at the start of the championship was to have both cars on the podium in every round and we’ve achieved that now, so it’s a nice result for the team as well,” he said.


It took five days to shake off their challengers, but the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X team of Clinton Arentz and Dale Moscatt are celebrating victory in the RDA Brakes 4WD Showroom category.


It was undoubtedly the closest tussle of Targa Tasmania with each day tightly fought between Arentz and the Subaru team of Ben Newman and Crichton Lewis.


“It’s a fabulous result for us.


“We were on the podium last year in modern and it was a calculated decision for us to drop back into showroom four-wheel-drive.


“I’m so pleased I did because the competition’s been so intense and we’ve got tremendous admiration and respect for our competitors,” Arentz said.


Arentz came into the last leg a minute and a half ahead of Newman. No doubt, he wasn’t quite ready to consider popping the champagne until Newman dropped 53 seconds on Mount Arrowsmith; pushing Arentz’s lead out to two and a half minutes.


“We paced ourselves and gone a little bit harder each day,” Arentz said.


“As the confidence was building we were winding up the pace.


“We’ve been working on building our margin since yesterday (Saturday).


“The wet conditions didn’t bother us, so we’ve been in attack mode for the last two days of the event, taking advantage of the conditions where we could.”




SHOWROOM RESULTS


RDA Brakes Showroom
1. Andrew Bollom/Lee Challoner-Miles, 2011 Renault Megane RS 250
2. Andrew Robinson/Thomas Browell, 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP, +16min 58s
3. Adam Spence/Erin Kelly, 2013 Renault Megane RS 265, +42min 28s


RDA Brakes 4WD Showroom
1. Clinton Arentz/Dale Moscatt, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
2. Ben Newman/Crichton Lewis, 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, +2min 23s
3. Ralph Norton/Malcolm Norton, 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, +12min 38s
4. Barrie Smith/Jan Smith, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X, +14min 36s
5. Gregory Burrowes/Rhonda Burrowes, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +23min 42s


RDA Brakes Showroom Sports
1. Michael Minshall/Kirrilee Gentleman, 2011 Audi TTRS
2. Glyn Crimp/Paul van der Mey, 2012 Audi TTRS, +4min 46s
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sun May 11, 2014 5:10 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Classics – day 5 wrap
11-May-2014

Barry Faux and Therezia Mihajilovic have snared victory in the Shannons Late Classic handicap after a vigorous final day’s race to Hobart.


Racing in a 1985 RX-7, Faux built on his overnight lead to convincingly beat Steve McClintock also in an RX-7.

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It was a great result for Faux who came ninth in the same event last year.


“We never dreamed of winning – we only ever dreamed of doing our best.


“But winning classic outright and handicap in the same event is beyond what we expected,” Faux said.
Faux shot into the Late Classics lead on day four when Leigh Achterberg crashed his Porsche 944 near the end of the Riana stage, and Faux was then able to maintain his lead to the finish line.


Honours in the Shannons Early Classic Handicap changed hands on the final day after 2013 champions Peter and Sari Ullrich crashed their 1963 Jensen CV8 on the third stage of the day, Mt Arrowsmith.


With the category favourites out, Andrew White and Ashley Yelds in a 1961 Volvo 122S held on to claim a comfortable win and deny the Ullrich’s a back-to-back Targa Tasmania early classics title.


White finished second to the Ullrichs last year.


”It’s a good feeling to finally win our class.


“We’ve been trying for a number of years and we’ve had two thirds and two seconds before.


“It’s great to finally make it to first – when you finish second a few times it makes you hungrier for the win,” White said.


White and Yelds were one of only a few competitors happy to see the rain on day four!


“We’re always waiting for rain and this year we got enough rain.


“It let us move up past the more powerful cars.”


Shannons Classic Florio handicap winner and first-time competitor Glenn Rees couldn’t have wished for a better way to celebrate his upcoming 40th birthday than with a category win in Targa Tasmania.


The determined team of Rees and co-driver Richard Bullard put in a sterling performance on the last day of competition to expand their lead over the field and claim victory in the Classic Florio.


“I’m absolutely stoked. It’s been a wonderful event,” Rees said.


Rees has never competed in Targa before.


“This is huge for me.


“We had a little bit of stress at the beginning with a few niggly problems before the event when I should have been doing recce, but I’ve been learning my way through the event.


“I’ve got new respect for the guys up the pointy end – it’s incredible out there,” he said.


Drew and Ella Kent dominated the category in the first two days, but the father/daughter pair crashed on day three on TS18 Cethana, handing Rees the lead heading into the rest day on day four. The Kents’ gallantly re-joined the event on the final day, but were too far out of contention.


The rest day only reinvigorated Rees in his 1985 Porsche 944 as he drew away from second placed Wayne and Diane Gerlach.


The 2014 official flag car has shown age is no barrier, with Graham Copeland’s Ford 1934 Indy Car Special making it to the finish line and claiming the Shannons Vintage Rallye Targa Tasmania title.


While the title never looked in doubt for Copeland and co-driver Josh Herbert, they reckon they pushed the “old girl” to the limit on the final day.


“It was pouring rain through Mount Arrowsmith and we couldn’t see and we’ve had problems with the spider gears on one side of the diff, so I couldn’t nail it in the corners,” Graham said.


“We could nail it on the straights, but we can’t carry any corner speed when it’s slippery and we’ve broken a rear shock absorber mount as well.


“Thank goodness we had the day off yesterday (Saturday). It’s been a trial of tribulations and she’s worn out.”
Copeland came in first over fellow vintage entrant Wayne Clark/Trevor Berriman in their 1938 Dodge Speedster Special.




Shannons Late Classic Handicap
1. Barry Faux/Therezia Mihajilovic, 1985 Mazda RX-7
2. Steve McClintock/Jann Skinner, 1985 Mazda RX-7, +6min 2s
3. Mark Hammond/Gordon Lennox, 1980 Jaguar XJS, +12min 30s
4. Stewart McAuley/Philippe Etienne, 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, +16min 21
5. David Gilliver/Nigel Shellshear, 1979 Ferrari 308GTB, +16min 42s


Shannons Early Classics handicap
1. Andrew White/Ashley Yelds, 1961 Volvo 122S
2. Paul Freestone/Christine Freestone, 1948 Holden 215, +5min 8s
3. Ross Steuart/Jill Steuart, 1962 Ford Anglia 105e, +5min 17s
4. Richard Woodward/Neil Gibson, 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, +8min 38s
5. Ted Banks/Bruce Douglas, 1971 Porsche 916, +17min 23s


Shannons Classic Florio handicap
1. Glenn Rees/Richard Bullard, 1985 Porsche 944
2. Wayne Gerlach/Dianne Gerlach, 1974 Porsche 911, +11min 28s
3. Mac Russell/Marjorie Russell, 1976 Morgan Plus 8, +13min 29s
4. Drew Kent/Ella Kent, 1971 Ford Falcon GT, +14min 56s
5. Philip Blake/John Blake, 1964 Fiat-Abarth OT 1600, +1hr 24min 23s


Shannons Vintage Rallye
1. Graham Copeland/Josh Herbert, 1934 Ford Indy Car Special
2. Wayne Clark/Trevor Berriman, 1938 Dodge Speedster Special, +2min 56s


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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sun May 11, 2014 5:11 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Modern - Muscle and Early - Day 5 wrap
11-May-2014

Liam and Larry Howarth are celebrating finishing on top of the podium by claiming a decisive win in the RDA Brakes Early Modern category.


Tactically, the pair raced conservatively on the final day to protect the lead they secured on day four when they surged from fifth into first.


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“We’re ecstatic.


“It’s been a five-year process to get the car to here, slowly evolving it and working together as a team.
“It’s a dream and I never thought I’d be up there on the top step of the podium,” Liam said.


The win is the crews’ best result in any Targa.


“We got third a couple of years ago in Targa High Country and we never thought we would be up on the podium again, so it’s now our best result ever.


“We’ve been lucky in some cases with cars coming off, but since we hit the lead we were able to increase it slowly and surely.”


Last year’s Early Modern winner Ben Manion can only reflect on what could have been. The day 1, 2 and 3 leader struck mechanical problems on the penultimate day and relinquished his lead, but came back on the final day to claim several stage wins and remind fellow competitors he’s still a force to be reckoned with in future events.


The all-powerful Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 of Craig Dean has conquered the Modern Muscle competition in Targa Tasmania.


Dean and co-driver Jenny Cole led all the way from Launceston to Hobart, across five days of gruelling competition.


“We’ve had to take it easy in the wetter stages because we’ve got too much horsepower.


“The Queenstown stage was diabolical and Mount Arrowsmith was patchy,” Dean said.


Dean went into the final day of competition with a five-minute advantage up his sleeve.


“It’s good to have a buffer at the start of the last day, but you still have to drive relatively hard and stay awake.


“You can have just as much fun without the pressure.


“The whole event’s been a ball for us and the Mustang hasn’t missed a beat.”




RDA Brakes Early Modern
1. Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
2. Stephen Thatcher/Kelly Handley, 1994 Nissan ATTKD Select R SP, +3min 27s
3. Richard Perini/Chris Perini, 2000 Porsche 911 GT3, +3min 36s
4. Melinda Bergmann/Matthew Van Tuinen, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI TME, +3min 37
5. Paul Henry/Kathy Henry, 1993 Porsche 968 CS, +4min 7s


RDA Brakes Modern Muscle
1. Craig Dean/Jenny Cole, 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2. Neill Ford /Colin Maher, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, +9min 14s
3. Daniel Ford/Nathalie Ford, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, +41min 27s
4. Andrew Clingeleffer/David Rust, 2013 Daytona Coupe, +1h 37m 13s
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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sun May 11, 2014 5:13 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Friths take Regularity - again
11-May-2014

Philip and David Frith have claimed back-to-back titles in the increasingly popular Regularity category of Targa Tasmania.

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The Friths were the stars of Regularity The father and son team finished on 92 points.


“This year is possibly as satisfying as last year’s win because we had a bigger field,” Philip said.


“We stuffed up in the first stages, so we had to really concentrate to get back into the lead and the wet stages were also a challenge.”


The Frith’s Porche Boxter S led the final four days of competition in a category where crews drive to a pre-determined average speed over the event’s closed road stages.


“We’ve done this (regularity) a few times now, so we’re used to how it works. My son David works it all out. He’s the brains of the operation and I’m the right foot,” Philip said.


“We like regularity because it’s simply safer than the full Targa.”


The category drew a wide range of vehicles – from a 1970 Triumph Stag to a 2013 Ford Mustang.


Day one leaders Jeff and Nerida Beable finished second in their Nissan R35 on 156 points.


RESULTS
1. Philip Frith/David Frith, Porsche Boxter S, 92pts
2. Jeff Beable/Nerida Beable, Nissan R35, 156pts
3. Allan Gluyas/Heather Gluyas, Toyota 86 GTS, 174pts
4. Martin Duursma/Marc Sobbel, Lotus Exige S, 197pts
5. Lloyd Berger/Phil Musgrove, Audi TT RS Plus, 440pts


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Re: 2014 Targa Tasmania - May 6th - 11th

Postby Catford on Sun May 11, 2014 5:14 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Day of drama ends Targa Tasmania
11-May-2014

Burnie driver, Jamie Vandenberg, has held on across a dramatic final day to win his first Targa Tasmania modern title.

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Winners are grinners at Targa Tasmania 2014



Vandenberg, with co-driver Dennis Sims, nursed their Nissan GT-R home to victory; a chronically sick engine constantly threatening to end their run to the finish line and their dream of winning the event.


For most of the final day Matt Close was second in his Audi TT RS and ready to pounce should Vandenberg’s engine fail. But the Victorian crashed out on Ellendale, the event’s penultimate stage, allowing the Nissan GT-R to limp to the finish line with a plume of smoke following his failing car.


Targa veteran and past winner, Tony Quinn, finished modern in second place, four minutes 44 seconds behind with Brendon Winterbourn third in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10.


Canberra’s Barry Faux was victorious in Classic Outright and Late Classic Handicap in his 1985 Mazda RX-7 with a brilliant drive on the final day. Craig Haysman lost his overnight outright lead when mechanical troubles slowed his 1981Triumph TR7. However, things went from bad to worse for the South Australian when he crashed the car on the Ellendale stage.


Peter Ullrich was also top three Classics overnight, and leading Early Classic handicap, but he had an off on the giant Arrowsmith stage. Roger Paterson moved to second in Outright in his 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS with Steve McClintock coming through for third in his 1985 Mazda RX-7. Andrew White took over the Early Classic Handicap in his 1961 Volvo 1225.


Clinton Arentz produced one of the drives of the event to take Showroom 4WD honours in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 finishing two minutes 23 seconds clear of Launceston’s Ben Newman in a Subaru WRX STI.


After a draining day, Vandenberg was delighted to get to the finish line.


“It’s the biggest rollercoaster ride I’ve ever been on,’” Vandenberg said. “We thought our race was over at lunch time.”


“We’ve never heard so many rattles in the car before and we considered pulling the pin and just cruising to the finish.”


“The pressure was off a bit once Closey (Matt Close) crashed, but our engine was making some awful noises and we used 15 litres of oil today. We had no idea if we were going to get there.”


“It’s been an emotional and stressful day.”


Barry Faux’s major emotion at the finish was also relief.
“We feel absolutely fantastic, but we would have been more relaxed if the event finished at lunch time,” Faux said.


“It’s been a nervous last few stages for us.”


“This is the hardest Targa we’ve ever done. We’ve done one which has been wetter, but this is the hardest due to the variable conditions.”


The 1934 Ford Indy Special of Graham Copeland won the Vintage Rallye and Glenn Rees took the Classic Florio prize in his 1985 Porsche 944.


Showroom was won easily by Andrew Bollom in his Renault Megane and Michael Minshall won the Showroom Sports in an Audi TT RS.
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