Longhurst works his way up the leader board Two-time Bathurst 1000 winner, Tony Longhurst, has made steady progress on day two of Targa Tasmania, moving up to 22nd place after starting the day in 37th place. Driving for the Launceston-based...
Longhurst works his way up the leader board
Two-time Bathurst 1000 winner, Tony Longhurst, has made steady progress on day two of Targa Tasmania, moving up to 22nd place after starting the day in 37th place.
Driving for the Launceston-based Les Walkden Rallying Team, the Queenslander has moved consistently up the leader board over today's nine stages, held on the east coast of the Apple Isle.
Longhurst's hopes for a top five finish in the event were dealt a severe blow yesterday when he damaged a wheel and tyre on his Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Changing the tyre resulted in a two minute penalty, dropping him totally out of contention.
But day two has gone much better for the Queenslander.
With dry conditions again today, the all-wheel drive Subaru hasn't been able to use its traction advantage as much as Longhurst would have liked, but he has been happy with his performance, despite changes in the fuel regulations that has reduced the power on his car.
"The changes in fuel have killed us. We're about a second per kilometre slower than we were last year, but the car is absolutely awesome and the handling is great," Longhurst said.
"We just need about another 60kW of power to run against the likes of Jim Richards. Despite that, I still think we'll finish in the top 10. If it rains for two or three days we'll be competitive, but if it stays dry I'd say we're three seconds per kilometre slower than the top cars."
Some rain is predicted for the third day of Targa Tasmania, leaving Longhurst with confidence that he move further up the leader board as the event heads on a central loop to Devonport and back.
Targa Tasmania's day three includes eight stages totaling 78 competitive kilometers.