WHITE AND RICHARDS BATTLE FOR TARGA TASMANIA WIN Heading into the final day of competition in the 2005 Targa Tasmania tarmac rally, Nissan Skyline driver, and local favourite to win, Jason White maintains a lead over former champion, Jim ...
WHITE AND RICHARDS BATTLE FOR TARGA TASMANIA WIN
Heading into the final day of competition in the 2005 Targa Tasmania tarmac rally, Nissan Skyline driver, and local favourite to win, Jason White maintains a lead over former champion, Jim Richards.
Partnered by navigator John White, Hobart-based Jason completed the fourth leg of the event, over ten stages between Hobart and Burnie with a total penalty time of 12-mins 45-seconds. The uncle-nephew team now holds a 4-second advantage of over Porsche powered rival Richards.
They are followed by Queenslander Tony Quinn, and Tasmania's Greg Garwood, both driving Porsches. The top four are separated by 31-seconds. In a Subaru Impreza WRX, veteran circuit racer Tony Longhurst slipped to 11th place, while golfer Stuart Appleby picked up his pace to finish twelfth.
The battle for top spot heated up on the third last stage of the 110.29km leg, when Richards caught up to obtain a 1-second lead over the Tasmanians. Despite some early mechanical issues, the Whites charged ahead, taking advantage of the wet conditions in their 4WD turbo-charged Nissan.
"I'm surprised we're still in front," said White. "We had a hydraulic problem with our centre diff in Cethana and Jim (Richards) caught us. It's going to be hard to defend any lead we've got unless it rains tomorrow."
Although satisfied with the performance of his 2WD Porsche in today's conditions, Richards is concerned about the impending wet weather and the continuing speed of the 'White Hot' Tasmanian duo.
"We're closer than we were last night to the lead, so we're happy," said Richards.
"If the weather tomorrow is like today, we won't stand a chance unless they (the Whites) have a problem. We've had a trouble free run today and it's been their (White and Quinn's) problems that have kept us in contention."
Driving a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera, Bill Pye and navigator Grant Geelan still hold the lead in the Shannons Classic Competition. The Victorian duo of Michael Conway and Simon Gardiner still follow closely in a 1977 Ford Escort MK2 RS2000, with Datsun team Graham Copeland and Jon Siddins rounding out the top three.
Two cameraman suffered minor surface injuries when a competition vehicle veered off the Natone stage today during competition. Immediate medical assessment cleared all parties involved of serious injuries, with none requiring any further medical attention.
Four-time Historic winner John Lawson was forced out of top contention today after experiencing extensive clutch problems with his 1926 AC Amilcar on the Colebrook stage.
Tomorrow's fifth and final leg comprises nine stages, with a competitive distance of 146.37km.
<pre> PROVISIONAL END OF DAY RESULTS
DRIVETRAVEL.COM MODERN COMPETITION
POS CREWS MODEL PENALTY TIME 1 John White, TAS, Jason White, TAS Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II 00:12:45 2 Jim Richards, VIC, Barry Oliver, TAS Porsche 911 GT3 CS 00:12:49 3 Tony Quinn, QLD, Keith Wenn, QLD Porsche 911 Turbo 00:13:03 4 Greg Garwood, TAS, John Allen, QLD Porsche 911 Turbo 00:13:16 5 Warwick Rooklyn, NSW, Linda Long, NSW Mitsubishi Evolution Lancer VII 00:15:29 6 Rex Broadbent, VIC, Michael Goedheer, VIC Daytona Coupe 00:19:15 7 Kevin Weeks,SA, Jahmeil Taylor SA Porsche 911 GT2 00:20:26 8 Scott Juniper,QLD, Dan Bowden, QLD Porsche 911 Turbo 00:20:30 9 Jeff Beable, VIC, Nerida Beable, VIC Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II 00:21:01 10 Ric Shaw, NSW, James Parish, NSW Mazda RX7 Series 8 RS 00:22:10 11 Tony Longhurst, NSW, Michael De Vere, QLD Subaru Impreza WRX Sti 00:22:18 12 Stuart Appleby, VIC, Peter Burrey, NSW Lamborghini Gallardo 00:23:14
SHANNONS CLASSIC COMPETITION
POS CREWS MODEL PENALTY TIME 1 Bill Pye,NSW, Grant Geelan,NSW Porsche 911 Carrera 00:13:10 2 Michael Conway,VIC, Simon Gardiner,VIC Ford Escort MK2 RS2000 00:14:12 3 Graham Copeland, QLD, Jon Siddins, QLD Datsun 240Z 00:16:39 4 Ian Morris, VIC, Alex Molocznyk, QLD Alfa Romeo GTV6 00:17:17 5 Geoff Taylor, VIC, Lee Harper, VIC Porsche 911 Carrera 00:17:24
POS CREWS MODEL PENALTY TIME 1 Graham Kent,TAS, Pat Kent,TAS 1936 Ford Coupe 00:37:48 2 John Felder,VIC, Mark Burns,VIC 1930 Oakland 8-101 00:38:51 3 John Lawson,VIC, Paul Lawson,VIC 1926 AC Amilcar Grand Sport
TOURING CLASSIC COMPETITION
POS CREWS MODEL PENALTY TIME 1 Steve Bruce,WA, Terri Bruce,WA Morris Mini Cooper S 00:18:50 2 James Powell-Davies,TAS, Nick McShane,TAS BMW Alpina 00:19:09 3 Duncan Matheson,NSW, Bronwyn Matheson, NSW Porsche 912 00:22:58