Glenney slashes Richards' lead to 15-secs South Australian Steve Glenney has produced the best performance of his short rallying career by reducing Jim Richards' lead to just 15-secs going into tomorrow's final leg of Targa Tasmania. Glenney,...
Glenney slashes Richards' lead to 15-secs
South Australian Steve Glenney has produced the best performance of his short rallying career by reducing Jim Richards' lead to just 15-secs going into tomorrow's final leg of Targa Tasmania.
Glenney, competing in Targa for the second time, drove his Nissan Skyline faultlessly in today's rain-affected fourth leg from Hobart to Burnie and was 1-min 10-secs quicker than Richards over the final five stages.
Richards completed the leg with a total penalty time of 19-mins 46-secs in his Porsche 911. The six-times Targa champion is followed by Glenney on 20-mins 1-secs, and Porsche 911 trio Rex Broadbent of Victoria on 20-mins 42-secs, Tasmania's Greg Garwood on 21-mins 27-secs, and Queensland's Tony Quinn on 21-mins 44-secs.
The top five are separated by just 1-min 58-secs going into tomorrow's fifth and final leg over nine stages and 147.58km of competitive driving between Burnie and Hobart.
Richards said it was impossible to predict a likely winner because of the close times between the leading five, and uncertainty over weather.
"I said before-hand that a lot of guys could win this week, and that's the way it's gone," said Richards. "We are going as fast as we can. Our car is set up for dry weather, but you have to deal with whatever gets thrown at you in these races. Today was unbelievably wet and slippery."
Glenney was quicker than Richards in all five stages this afternoon. The 26-year-old from Adelaide closed the gap on Richards by 37-secs in the 24.48km South Riana stage.
"It was an incredible challenge out there, and it seemed like waves of water were heading toward you on the roads," said Glenney. "Our aim was to survive, so I was a little surprised to make up so much time on the others. The game plan tomorrow is to keep up the concentration and not make any mistakes."
Glenney is a relative newcomer to motorsport. His family operates the 'Glen Brae Stud' breeding and training race horses on a 200-acre property in the Adelaide Hills.
"I probably developed a 'feel' for cars by driving the ute around the farm from an early age," he said. "You learn what you can and can't do. I grew up driving on country roads and you get to understand the levels of grip and adapting to the conditions, which is what you're dealing with in Targa every day."
He made a stunning Targa debut in 2002, holding second position for more than three days until crashing on the fourth leg at Cethana, the same stage where he was 15-secs quicker than Richards today.
NSW's Tony Sullens charged from sixth to fourth today in a Subaru Impreza WRX, before his challenge ended with a broken exhaust, overheating clutch, and gearstick failure. Tasmania's Jason White, third in 2002, was put out of the event by engine problems with the Nissan Skyline he was sharing with John White.
Touring car legend Peter Brock, who began today's leg in 12th place, improved to seventh in a Motorola Holden Motorsport Monaro. Team-mate and V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville is 13th in Holden's new turbo Astra SRi, and ahead of many more powerful cars.
Navigator Chris Hatfield was taken to Hobart Private Hospital this morning with soft tissue injuries after the Triumph TR7 driven by fellow-Queenslander John Cetinich crashed in the Hobart stage. Hatfield was released soon after. <pre> RESULTS (Provisional)
MODERN COMPETITION: POS DRIVERS CAR PENALTY TIME 1. J. Richards (Vic)-B. Oliver (Tas) Porsche 911 19:46 (min/secs) 2. S. Glenney-C. Lang (SA) Nissan Skyline GTR 20:01 3. R. Broadbent-M. Goedheer (Vic) Porsche 911 20:42 4. G. Garwood-M. Perry (Tas) Porsche 911 21:27 5. T. Quinn (Qld)-K. Wenn (Tas) Porsche 911 21:44 6. L. Rattray-T. Jackson (Tas) Subaru Impreza WRX 23:50 7. P. Brock-A. Gigney (Vic) Motorola Holden Monaro 25:19 8. K. Burke-N. Botha (NSW) Porsche 911 25:41 9. P. Bradbury-A. Bullard (NSW) Porsche 911 26:11 10. S. Hoinville-R. Williams (Vic) BA Ford Falcon XR6 26:20 OTHERS: 13. C. McConville-G. Warwick (Vic) Motorola Holden Astra SRi 27:25 43. S. Richards-G. Bashford (Vic) Motorola Holden Monaro 43:24 45. C. Bond (NSW)-M. Walker GB) Toyota Camry Sportivo 44:15 72. M. Taylor-B. Humphrey (NSW) BA Ford Falcon XR6 2:05:09
CLASSIC COMPETITION: POS DRIVERS CAR PENALTY TIME 1. G. Copeland (Qld)-J. Siddins (Qld) Datsun H510 17:24 (min/secs) 2. I. Morris (Vic)-Molocznyk (Qld) Alfa Romeo GTV6 17:55 3. G. Taylor-L. Harper (Vic) Porsche 911 24:08
SHANNONS TOURING CLASSIC COMPETITION: POS DRIVERS CAR PENALTY TIME 1. B. Titheradge-J. Shuttle (NSW) Jaguar XK140 22:12 2. D. Matheson-B. Matheson (NSW) Morris Cooper 27:41 3. M. Utber-N. Langford (Vic) Vauxhall Cresta 32:54
CLASSIC COMPETITION: POS DRIVERS CAR PENALTY TIME 1. J. Lawson-P. Lawson (Vic) AC Amilcar Grand Sport 19:13 2. J. Felder-C. Desomerville (Vic) Oakland 9-101 38:21 3. M. Hipkins-M. Burns (Vic) Vauxhall 30-98