CHAMPION GRAVEL RALLY PRIVATEER TO ATTACK TARGA TARMAC Kicking off in just one week, this year's 15th anniversary Targa Tasmania presented by Pure Tasmania, welcomes the return of a South Australian man who, since finishing second in the event's...
CHAMPION GRAVEL RALLY PRIVATEER TO ATTACK TARGA TARMAC
Kicking off in just one week, this year's 15th anniversary Targa Tasmania presented by Pure Tasmania, welcomes the return of a South Australian man who, since finishing second in the event's drivetravel.com Modern Competition in 2003 has become one of the most successful privateers in the Australian Rally Championship.
29-year-old Wistow-based Steve Glenney, 2005 winner of the Australian Rally Championship's (ARC) Privateer Cup and fourth at this year's Rally Tasmania, will steer a four-wheel-drive, turbo-charged Subaru WRX STi in this year's event with his 2005 ARC side-rider, Canberra-based Bernie Webb.
Since finishing second outright in the 2003 Targa Tasmania in a Nissan Skyline GT-R N1 R33 with former navigator Clayton Lang, the talented young driver has devoted his time behind the wheel to campaigning in rounds of the ARC, bringing home the trophy in 2004 with the Subaru Rally Challenge trophy and the Privateer Championship in 2005.
"I love Targa. I would be competing in the event every year, if I could," claims Glenney, who will be contesting Targa Tasmania for the third time. "I really wanted to do it this year so I have scaled back my ARC assault in order to accommodate my entry into Targa."
Although on the back of an impressive result at February's Rally Tasmania with his Targa Tasmania car and navigator, none-the-less, this will be Glenney's first Targa Tasmania without his tried and tested combination of the brutal rally-bred Nissan Skyline.
"There's no doubt about it, the GT-R is a more powerful car, but the Subaru is more nimble and will be faster through those key, tight and twisting, Targa stages; making it a much better option."
"The hardest part will be keeping up with those Porsches."
"I have had a very encouraging result at Rally Tasmania and as that was my first tarmac event since Targa Tasmania 2003, I am feeling pretty confident I can be competitive," continues the acclaimed gravel driver.
"The hardest part about having driven on gravel for so long is the adaptation back to tarmac," explains Glenney. "At Rally Tasmania, we gave away 1-minute on the first day's stages trying to get back my driving technique."
Glenney's intention of being truly competitive at this year's event will be made possible should Tasmania's traditional April weather of regular, rainy days create preferred slippery road conditions for his 206kw four-wheel-drive Subaru.
The Glenney/Webb Subaru WRX is one of 16 four-wheel-drive Imprezas that will contest this year's 2100km tarmac rally, which kicks off on Tuesday April 25 from Launceston's Country Club.
Amongst many, Glenney's main Subaru challengers at this year's Targa Tasmania will be friendly-rival Dean Herridge driving a factory-entered 2004 model Impreza WRX Spec C, V8 champion Tony Longhurst, Hobart Mercedes-Benz dealer John Pooley and Wynyard ARC privateer Lynn Rattray, all driving various year models of the four-wheel-drive production car.
Comp No: 988
Crew: Steve Glenney, SA - Bernie Webb, ACT
Car: 2002 Subaru Impreza STi