TARMAC: Skelta Targa Tasmania, day one summary

SKELTA SEVENTH ON TARGA FIRST DAY The 2006 Targa Tasmania campaign of Ray Vandersee, driving the Queensland designed and built Skelta G-Force Sports Car, continues to go from strength-to-strength after securing seventh place at the end of the...

SKELTA SEVENTH ON TARGA FIRST DAY

The 2006 Targa Tasmania campaign of Ray Vandersee, driving the Queensland designed and built Skelta G-Force Sports Car, continues to go from strength-to-strength after securing seventh place at the end of the first leg.

With the day consisting of eight stages today, Vandersee didn't put a foot wrong as he piloted the Skelta through some sticky situations in and around Launceston.

Following on from an impressive top five in yesterday's prologue test, the Toowoomba driver is expecting the car to be even stronger as the event progresses.

"The car is running beautifully and I feel we are in a reasonable position with what we were faced with on the opening day," said Vandersee.

"On one of the stages the roads have been totally resurfaced for the event and with us having a very light car it doesn't help.

"Dealing with gravel deposits where other drivers appear to have cut the corner gave us a few headaches but we got through unscathed which is great.

"As yet, we haven't really been able to utilise the aerodynamics of the Skelta to our full advantage but I'm sure once we get into the more flowing stages of the course we can start to draw back on the leaders and jump a few spots."

Tomorrow sees competitors tackle the North Eastern Trundle leg of the International tarmac rally event, which will cover more than 70 kilometres of competitive stages stretching from Launceston to Hobart.

Vandersee remains composed in his approach, realising there's still a lot of racing ahead for the Skelta team.

"The two front-runners, Steve Glenney and Jim Richards have put a bit of a gap on the rest of the field, but from third to seventh it's very close so we're right in there amongst it," confirmed Vandersee.

"The weather's been great and the car hasn't done anything wrong so we'll rest up tonight and continue on with our campaign tomorrow."

-www.skelta.com.au

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Series Other rally
Drivers Jim Richards , Steve Glenney