Longhurst continues Targa climb
Les Walkden Rallying's Tony Longhurst has continued to move the field on day four of Targa Tasmania, moving from 16th place to 13th, and to within striking distance of the top ten.
Driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STI, the Queenslander lapped up the wet conditions over the four afternoon stages as the event wound its way from the team's home-base in Launceston in the state's north, to Strahan on the west coast.
After a slow start to the day, Longhurst and co-driver, Linda Long, finished the day with four top five stage times, including two third fastest times, his best of the event so far.
He has now moved to within a minute and a half of the top ten.
"We've had a great day, and the wet weather really helped our cause today," the two-time Bathurst winner said.
"The car has been brilliant all event, we've just been at a horsepower disadvantage against the Lamborghinis and Nissan. We knew if the rain came that our stage times would improve, and that's exactly what happened.
"Had it not been for a puncture on day one, we'd be in eighth place at the moment, and perhaps within striking distance of the top five."
Today's stages were some of the toughest of the event, with the famous Cethana and Hellyer Gorge tests two of the event's most popular.
The 18th running of Targa Tasmania concludes on Sunday with a further five stages between Strahan and Hobart, including the event's longest, Mount Arrowsmith at 47 kilometres.
The podium finish will be at Hobart's Wrest Point at 2pm.