Targa Tasmania Tarmac Rally -- Tuesday, April 16 Temco Prologue Report: George Town (4.72km) Richards wins Temco Prologue Veteran Porsche driver Jim Richards today showed he is on target to press strongly for a sixth win in the Targa Tasmania...
Targa Tasmania Tarmac Rally -- Tuesday, April 16
Temco Prologue Report: George Town (4.72km)
Richards wins Temco Prologue
Veteran Porsche driver Jim Richards today showed he is on target to press strongly for a sixth win in the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally with a commanding victory in the prologue for this year's event.
Richards emerged fastest among the 280 entries, clocking a time of 3-mins 7.05-secs around the 4.72km Temco Prologue circuit in his Porsche 911 turbo in fine weather.
The 54-year-old, who also won the prologue in 2001 on the way to a record fifth victory in the event, finished 5.36-secs clear of second-fastest Tony Quinn in another Porsche 911 turbo.
South Australia's Greg Keene was third in a Porsche 911, followed by Tasmania's Jason White in a four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Evo VII, while nine-times Bathurst champion Peter Brock was 28th in a works V8 Holden Commodore.
"We expected to be up there and it's good we are because it means we're going to be competitive," said Richards. "At the same time we're not getting carried away because so many things can go wrong and there are a lot of cars capable of winning."
Richards' win means he will start from the rear of the field in tomorrow's opening leg, which comprises eight stages, starting at Launceston and finishing at Longford.
White said he was pleased to be among the leading Porsches and added that he expected to threaten the German manufacturer's traditional Targa domination over the next five days.
"I was hoping for top 10 today so to be fourth and right there with the Porsches is good news," he said. "We heated up the tyres in a couple of corners and I didn't have much room coming out."
"There's talk of tyres coming into play and we have a lighter car so I think we're going to be better off in that department.
Brock said he was not overly concerned at being outside the top 20.
"Today was all about giving the car a shakedown and give us a feel of what to expect," said Brock. "I managed to get the tail out around the chicanes and give the crowd a wave out the same time -- that's the deal when you're driving a Monaro."