HARD CHARGING SKELTA SHINES AT TARGA Without doubt the hard charging ways of Queensland driver Ray Vandersee in the Skelta G-Force sports car have been one of the major standouts from day two of Targa Tasmania, as the Toowoomba driver finished...
HARD CHARGING SKELTA SHINES AT TARGA
Without doubt the hard charging ways of Queensland driver Ray Vandersee in the Skelta G-Force sports car have been one of the major standouts from day two of Targa Tasmania, as the Toowoomba driver finished the second leg of competition in third position.
It took just two of this morning's stages for Vandersee to leap-frog touring car legend Peter Brock and by the lunch time break he had elevated himself into the top three.
From there he was never headed and now finds himself within striking distance of the leaders, albeit still 56 seconds adrift of outright leader Jim Richards but slowly gaining on second placed Steve Glenney.
"We've had a tremendous day and the Skelta has been solid throughout. There was only the one hiccup on the Weldborough Pass stage earlier this morning where we again came across some loose gravel," said Vandersee.
"That probably cost us a good 10 seconds but we knuckled down for the remainder of the day and came up trumps.
"There's no doubt that the more I drive the Skelta, the better I know the car and can start to fully exploit things to our advantage.
"At the lunch break we made some slight changes to the set up which further improved the handling and that was shown in our consistent stage times.
"Jim and Steve were going fast yesterday and I thought we managed to pick it up a bit ourselves today and were matching pace with them so it holds us well towards tomorrow."
Today's nine stages of Targa Tasmania left from Launceston and headed down the East Coast to Hobart where competitors will spend the night.
Vandersee is sure to be buoyed by the overall performance and is well placed to achieve a best ever result at the International tarmac rally event, in what is the Skelta G-Force's maiden assault.
"Everything's sweet! My navigator Jahmeil is handling the job like a true professional and the crew are really putting in.
"I know this attitude will continue right throughout the week and there's no doubt we'll need a complete team effort to get the job done.
"The pressure will be on tomorrow as I've traditionally struggled on day three of Targa driving my Clubman.
"But that's been due to the general roughness of the surface and I know the Skelta has much better suspension travel and can handle these conditions much better so we should be able to continue our charge."