AUS: Skelta Targa Tasmania summary

SKELTA SECURES SILENT SUCCESS AT TARGA Toowoomba's Skelta G-Force sports car team has cradled some silent success from the recently completed Targa Tasmania rally, despite being disallowed to compete due to a supposed production specific ...

SKELTA SECURES SILENT SUCCESS AT TARGA

Toowoomba's Skelta G-Force sports car team has cradled some silent success from the recently completed Targa Tasmania rally, despite being disallowed to compete due to a supposed production specific technicality.

Many of the Queensland tarmac rally crew were left to ponder what could have been, after regular Skelta navigator John Allen secured a career high second placing, teaming with Tasmanian Greg Garwood in the prestigious event.

The Garwood/Allen combination performed extremely well, falling short by just six seconds of outright success.

While maintaining the belief his Skelta G-Force nomination was harshly dealt with by Targa officials, Managing Director Ray Vandersee fully backed the efforts of Allen.

He's now hopeful his regular co-driver will take the Skelta seat in October when the car makes its greatly anticipated International debut during Targa New Zealand.

"Although the Skelta didn't run it was good to gain some success for the team via John's tremendous effort working alongside Greg," said Vandersee.

"Mind you it wasn't any surprise to see them at the pointy end considering the time and effort John continually puts in to ensuring he has all the necessary race notes.

"We were both in Tasmania about two months ago to conduct our regular recce of the Targa course and the comprehensive work we put together has shown in this year's results.

"John's ability has been recognised by factions of the elite levels of Australian motorsport, however I'm hopeful he'll be available to partner me at Targa New Zealand."

The Skelta team are finally starting to see the fruits of their labours and now quiet anticipation reigns as a road registered launch date looms for the Honda S2000 powered beast.

This in itself is a timely reminder to those that have doubted what the Skelta represents - a genuine business diversification of the highly successful farm machinery and truck dealership, Vanderfield Pty Ltd.

The Skelta G-Force will weigh in at around 650 kilograms, boast an exceptional power to weight ratio and be constructed from components more akin to those being used by teams in Formula One.

The production line for Vandersee's 'baby' will use high tech materials such as carbon fibre, Kevlar and aluminium alloys to achieve weight and strength goals.

"We are getting very close to release of the first production vehicle now having just taken delivery of the first set of lightweight body panels.

"At the same time we are focussing on all the steps required to get road registration approval. These tasks alone are quite involved and time consuming.

"Last weekend we completed our torsion and beaming test for ADR (Australian Design Rules) compliance.

"As we expected, the Skelta passed the minimum criteria with flying colours, enabling the registration process to proceed to the next stage.

"We are now reassembling the prototype for the lane change and braking tests prior to registration.

"I expect the G-Force to easily exceed the required minimums given its design and performance theme.

"Obviously we are very happy with the general testing of the G-Force and its various components given that they have been mostly held in the public eye in competition events.

"Mt Buller gave us some excellent data regarding heat dissipation and handling capabilities.

"We are now very happy with the performance and handling and only minor tweaks to these areas and aerodynamics are needed to optimise the package.

"Our road registered debut will probably take place at the Leyburn Sprints on August 20 and we are planning our International event debut during the Dunlop Targa New Zealand event to be held from October 24-29, 2005."

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