Broadbent surges into Classic lead
The Melbourne Porsche crew of Rex Broadbent and Michael Goedheer have charged from third to first place in the Shannons Classic competition on Leg 2 of Targa Tasmania as it moved south from Launceston.
Driving hard, yet without taking risks in their 1974 911 RSR replica, they surged past the similarly-engined 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 of Leg 1 leaders Bill Pye and Grant Geelan from Sydney before they hit St.Helens on the East Coast and had moved 35 seconds in front by the time they reached Hobart.
However Pye/Geelan retained their lead in the Shannons Classic Handicap Competition, from the fellow NSW crew of Mike Batten and John Doble in their 1961 Volvo PV544, with Broadbent/Goedheer third and Paul and Christine Freestone in their 1958 Austin Healey 100/6 fourth.
The Freestones are rapidly making up time after finding their Healey virtually undriveable on Day 1 with its new suspension set-up, but major re-working of the car's front end overnight by the Healey Factory team corrected the situation today.
Broadbent and Goedheer were flying from the start of Day 2, taking a sizzling 8min.02sec. to cover the twisting 14.26km Sideling stage -- just four seconds slower than the latest model 911 GT3 RS Porsche of Jim Richards and Barry Oliver and some 15 seconds quicker than Pye and Geelan, who in turn beat their 2006 sideling time by eight seconds.
Fellow Melburnians Gavin James and Neil McLeod also had a fast, trouble-free day in the dry but cloudy conditions, coming into Hobart just 13 seconds behind Pye/Geelan.
However misfortune struck the previously fourth-placed Porsche 944 Cup of David Morton and Malcolm McDonald, when their ignition cut-off switch failed on the Ledgerwood stage, costing them 1min. 17sec. in time before they could get going and dropping them well out of contention.
Their misfortune moved the thundering orange 1972 Monaro of Victoria's Steve Coast and Perth's Simon Vandenberg up to fourth outright in Classic, just four seconds ahead of Tasmania's Kim Barwick and Paul Walker in their 1977 Holden Torana A9X.
The Monaro is now back running on all eight cylinders after Coad 'buzzed' it to more than 9000rpm on the first stage of Leg 1 -- 2000rpm above its normal rev limit -- and bent a pushrod, but his crew repaired the car in Launceston in tome for the east Coast Leg.
Sydney's of Adam and David Kaplan are 33 seconds back in sixth place outright, only one second clear of Tasmania's Peter O'Keefe and Julie Winton-Monet in their 1977 Torana SL/R 5000up on the mod-engined V8 1988 Giocattolo.
The final two places in the Classic Top 10 outright are also held by Porsches, with Peter and Rebecca Eames in their 1977 Porsche Carrera 3.0 moving ahead of fellow-Victorians Garry Tierney and David Carra in their 1974 Porsche 911 RSR replica.
Back in the field Eric Bana in his potent 1974 XB Falcon is currently in 58th position outright out of the 115 starters in the Shannons Classic Competition and 84th in the Classic Handicap Competition.
Scores -- Top Ten Shannons Classic after Stage 17
1, R.Broadbent/M.Goedheer, 1974 Porsche 911 RS
2, B.Pye/G.Geelan, 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +35secs
3, G.James/N.McLeod, 1989 Porsche 944 S2, +48secs
4, S.Coad/S.Vandenberg, 1972 Holden Monaro GTS, +1min 20secs
5, K.Barwick/P.Walker, 1977 Holden Torana A9X +1:24
6, A.Kaplan/D.Kaplan, 1988 Giocattolo Group B, +1:57
7, P.O'Keefe/J.Winton-Monet, Holden 1977 Torana SLR 5000, +1:58
8, P.Eames/R.Eames, 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +2:23
9, G.Tierney/D.Carra, 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +2:25
10, D.Cooper/Z.White, 1977 Holden Torana A9X, +2:55