Longhurst continues Targa climb

Two-time Bathurst winner Tony Longhurst has moved up a further six places on day three of Targa Tasmania and is now targeting a top 10 finish in his Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

Driving for the Launceston-based Les Walkden Rallying team, Longhurst and co-driver, Linda Long, began the day in 22nd place, however a consistent run over the day's eight stages has seen them have another trouble-free day.

Wednesday's tyre problems dropped them well down the placings and ruined their hopes of a top five finish, but with the event's two longest days to come, and the forecast of rain on both of them, the Queenslander is hopeful of further gains.

"The LWR Subaru has again been brilliant today, with no problems to report," Longhurst said. "We had a bit of a slow start this morning, but the afternoon's stages went much better for us."

Overnight rain made today's stages damp and slippery, although the grip levels were inconsistent and made driving difficult.

"It was hard to predict where it was going to be slippery, and where it wasn't, but it was the same for everyone," he added.

"We're really looking forward to the next two days. Our tyres are really in good condition, and if it does rain we're in excellent shape to push hard for a top 10 finish.

"The longer stages coming up should really suit the car, and with plenty of attrition near the head of the field on day three, you never know what might happen."

Day four of Targa Tasmania is the longest of the event, and sees the remaining competitors travel from Launceston to Strahan via eight stages totaling nearly 138 competitive kilometers. The highlights are two of the event's most famous stages, Cethana and Hellyer Gorge.

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