TARMAC: Skelta Targa Tasmania day three summary

SKELTA KEEPING BEAT AT TARGA Queensland's Skelta G-Force sports car campaigned by Toowoomba driver Ray Vandersee and Adelaide navigator Jahmeil Taylor has kept beat with outright front-runner Jim Richards during the third day of competition at...

SKELTA KEEPING BEAT AT TARGA

Queensland's Skelta G-Force sports car campaigned by Toowoomba driver Ray Vandersee and Adelaide navigator Jahmeil Taylor has kept beat with outright front-runner Jim Richards during the third day of competition at Targa Tasmania.

Unfortunately outright third position on the leader board was stolen away from the Skelta overnight, due to a timing device failure during yesterday's Winnaleah stage, and Vandersee now finds himself maintaining fourth position.

But that didn't deter the Queenslander who went about the job of consolidating his place among the leaders and he continues to gain in confidence behind the wheel of his revolutionary sports car machine.

"I didn't really think we had earned the right to third place yet, but I'm sure as this race rolls on we'll make further headway and be amongst it at the business end," said a delighted Vandersee.

"Once again the Skelta showed great consistency and I feel like we've really maintained the status quo during today's stages.

"We actually beat Jim (Richards) on a couple of stages so we're right up there and confident we can continue that momentum.

"We've even been able to pull away a little from Dean Herridge in the Subaru and created a bit of a buffer so no complaints there either."

With a penchant for the longer stages of Targa Tasmania, Vandersee is whetting his lips in anticipation towards tomorrow's third leg, in particular the 37 kilometre Cethana stage where he hopes to make up some ground on third placed Warwick Rooklyn.

With the weather forecast to reamin fine and dry over the weekend, Vandersee believes this could hold the key to a first up Targa podium for the Skelta G-Force.

"If it rains that's going to play into the hands of the four wheel drive cars but if it remains the same I believe it's going to be tough on some of the cars in front who appear to be showing a bit of tyre wear.

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow, we've got a very strong car that's not missing a beat.

"We didn't do anything untoward today and just topped up with fuel so it'll be back to business.

"Hopefully things go to plan so we can peg back the difference from the cars in front."

-skelta-

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Series Other rally
Drivers Jim Richards