Broadbent & Glenney make their move Victorian Rex Broadbent and South Australian Steve Glenney made significant moves on defending champion Jim Richards in today's third leg of the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally. Broadbent, winner of Targa's ...
Broadbent & Glenney make their move
Victorian Rex Broadbent and South Australian Steve Glenney made significant moves on defending champion Jim Richards in today's third leg of the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally.
Broadbent, winner of Targa's Classic Competition in 2002, began the leg in third position and has moved up to second in a Porsche 911, while South Australian Glenney improved from fifth to third equal in a Nissan Skyline GTR.
Richards completed the eight stages in the southern region of Tasmania today with a total penalty time of 11-min 29-secs. The six-times Targa winner holds an advantage of 1-min 3-secs over Broadbent, with Glenney a further 18-secs back in the six-day event, which continues until Sunday.
Queensland's Tony Quinn, who began the leg in second position, slipped back to equal third, with the same time as Glenney. Tasmania's Greg Garwood completed the top five in a Porsche 911.
Glenney said he was taking a cautious approach in his second Targa start. In 2002 he made a stunning debut by holding second position behind for more than three days until crashing during the Cethana stage, which is part of tomorrow's fourth leg.
"We've had a good, steady run up to now, and I feel I'm starting to find my feet with some extra speed," said Glenney. "The car us running well -- we haven't pushed too hard because we wanted to focus on reliability."
Glenney, whose family opertate a horse racing breeding and training stud property in the Adelaide Hills, said he hoped to continue his momentum in the final two legs.
"It's easy to go flat out, but we want to be there at the finish," he said. "This week we've seen quite a few cars come unstuck by pushing too hard too soon."
Quinn, who finished second to Richards in 2001, said his aim was to remain in the top five until the close of tomorrow's fourth leg. He said he was keen to avoid a repeat of his crash on the final day of the 2002 rally when in second place.
"Last year we were a little too desperate and finished off the road and down a bank," said Quinn. "We seem to be going a bit better every day, but Jim (Richards) is always tough to beat."
Victorian Steve Hoinville maintained a position in the top 10 for a second successive day in his BA Ford Falcon XR6 turbo. He is ninth. Touring Car legend Peter Brock began the leg in 27th position and improved to 12th in his Motorola-backed V8 Holden Monaro.
Queensland navigator Tony Lightowler was ruled ineligible to compete today after alcohol was detected in his system from compulsory breathalyser tests in Launceston. All drivers and navigators in the event are tested daily for blood-alcohol levels.
Lightowler had been navigating in a privately-entered BA Ford Falcon XR6 turbo, driven by Sydney's Matthew Charlwood. They had been 52nd at the end of the second leg.
The result of the test meant Lightowler was automatically unable to compete today. Charlwood then withdrew from the event and returned to Sydney. He was also tested, but no alcohol was detected in his system.
"This was our third Targa together," said Charlwood. "We had fantastic sponsors, and a brand new BA Falcon so it's very embarrassing. I've done nothing wrong and I'm terribly disappointed. I've spent about $25,000 in making this trip for Targa and now it's all been wasted."
Rob McGuire, General Manager Tasmania for Octagon, the promoters of Targa, said that the event was zero tolerance for alcohol for drivers and navigators.
"Targa has an excellent safety record, and all competitors are made aware of the rules and regulations under which we operate and will enforce," said McGuire.
Tomorrow's fourth leg comprises 10 stages, starting in Hobart and finishing in Burnie with a total competitive distance of 111.56km. <pre> RESULTS (Provisional)
MODERN COMPETITION: POS DRIVERS CAR PENALTY TIME 1. J. Richards (Vic)-B. Oliver (Tas) Porsche 911 11:29 (min/secs) 2. R. Broadbent-M. Goedheer (Vic) Porsche 911 12:32 3. T. Quinn (Qld)-K. Wenn (Tas) Porsche 911 12:50 3S. Glenney-C. Lang (SA) Nissan Skyline GTR 12:50 5. G. Garwood-M. Perry (Tas) Porsche 911 13:47 6. T. Sullens-J. Rabbett (NSW) Subaru Impreza WRX 14:03 7. P. Bradbury-A. Bullard (NSW) Porsche 911 16:04 8. L. Rattray-T. Jackson (Tas) Subaru Impreza WRX 16:15 9. S. Hoinville-R. Williams (Vic) BA Ford Falcon XR6 16:30 10. K. Burke-N. Botha (NSW) Porsche 911 16:37 OTHERS: 12. P. Brock-A. Gigney (Vic) Motorola Holden Monaro 17:49 18. C. McConville-G. Warwick (Vic) Motorola Holden Astra SRi 18:24 20. M. Taylor-B. Humphrey (NSW) BA Ford Falcon XR6 18:44 48. C. Bond (NSW)-M. Walker GB) Toyota Camry Sportivo 28:04 66. S. Richards-G. Bashford (Vic) Motorola Holden Monaro 34:36 81. Jason White-John White (Tas) Nissan Skyline GTR 7:48:41