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Jason White met Gallardo Super Trofeo in Targa Tasmania

Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Do Apr 29, 2010 22:29

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Jason White Met Gallardo Super Trofeo in Targa Tasmania
27-04-2010

Jason White behaalde de eerste plaats in de Targa Tasmania proloog, in zijn nieuwe Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo racer. Eerder reed hij ook al in een Gallardo, maar nu hij overgestapt is naar een Gallardo Super Trofeo, het type dat speciaal voor de Lamborghini Super Trofeo gebouwd wordt, wordt het veel moeilijker voor de concurrentie om hem bij te houden. Jason White was zeer in zijn nopjes over de auto en in plaats van het rustig aan te doen, beviel de wegligging zo goed, dat hij al gauw het gaspedaal indrukte:

The official Temco Prologue at Targa Tasmania has confirmed that the 2010 running of the classic tarmac rally will be one of the most hotly contested in the 19-year history of the event.
Jason White, driving his new street-legal Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo racer, got off to a blistering start today, making the point to his rivals that he is determined to back up his victory from Targa Wrest Point in January. White, who has been campaigning a Gallardo on the Targa Tasmania for the last few years has switched to the specification of the Gallardo Super Trofeo, the one-make racer introduced by Lamborghini to the European circuits last year. With changes to the specification of his Lamborghini, his car appears faster than in previous events, which will be a major concern to his rivals.

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“This new car has certainly put a grin on our faces. It’s a hell of a lot of fun to drive and we’ve never really had a crack at the Prologue before,” White commented. “We’ve always gone at a reasonable pace, but never recced it or used pacenotes for it before. The plan was to go slow and steady, but it all felt nice when we took off, and we definitely went around there quicker than we’ve ever gone before. It was a bit of a confidence builder. We took it to the limit on most of the corners, but being such a new car as well, you also need to learn how to drive it. It doesn’t come automatically, and it’s quite different to the other one. It was quite a confidence inspiring run. I could put the car wherever I wanted to, and the suspension was the best that I’ve ever driven with. Everything just felt as it should be.”

Pre-event favourites White (who is running the Raging Bull machine in the "Modern" category), Rex Broadbent (Classic) and Tony Warren (Showroom) have set the fastest times in their respective categories, in front of a big crowd of enthusiastic spectators. The 4.81 kilometre street stage around George Town was held in fine, dry conditions. While the results determine road positions for the remainder of the event, times recorded over the Prologue stage do not count toward the overall Targa Tasmania results. Behind White, Queenslander Tim Hendy was a surprise second driving a 2005 Daytona Coupe, 5.65 seconds back, with West Australian Steve Jones third in his 2008 Nissan GT-R, 6.36 seconds off the Lamborghini driver. Last year’s winner, Tony Quinn was fourth and eight-time winner Jim Richards fifth. Both will now push hard to make an impact when the rally gets underway in earnest on Wednesday morning.
Victorian Rex Broadbent was the fastest Classic car over the Temco Prologue stage. His 1974 Porsche 911 RS was 2.41 seconds quicker than Tasmanian hope, David Cooper, in his 1977 Torana A9X. Peter Eames, who Broadbent thinks will be his greatest rival this year, was third, another 1.39 seconds back in his 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. Broadbent, the defending Classic Outright champion, is looking forward to the challenge of the next five days after a late decision to enter the foray. "A week before the event I decided I'd better do it,” Broadbent said. “Chris (Randell) volunteered to be my navigator at the last minute, so it's all come together rather quickly, but the car felt good today - really good. We got through cleanly; nothing to worry about and we didn't knock any wheels off.

Hobart driver Tony Warren confirmed his favourite status to take the Showroom title. The former winner, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, heads the newer Lancer Evo X of motoring journalist Dean Evans by 2.34 seconds. The Mazda 3 MPS of 21-year-old Victorian, Brendan Reeves, was third quickest in the Showroom competition over the short street stage. Quickest Vintage car was the newly acquired 1938 Dodge Speedster Special of Wayne Clark and Roger Richardson.
The first full day of Targa Tasmania competition tomorrow will see the full field of over 270 competitors head on a loop from Launceston via Sheffield. Eight Targa stages with a total competitive distance of just over 56 kilometres make up the day’s total.

PURE TASMANIA MODERN COMPETITION
1. Jason White (TAS) / John White (TAS), 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Strada
2. Tim Hendy (QLD) / Daniel Wilson (TAS), 2005 Daytona Coupe, +5.65s
3. Steve Jones (WA) / Ben Searcy (WA), 2008 Nissan GT-R, +6.36s
4. Tony Quinn (QLD) / Naomi Tillett (SA), 2009 Nissan GT-R, +6.87s
5. Jim Richards (VIC) / Barry Oliver (TAS), 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 CS, +8.77s
6. Kevin Weeks (SA) / John Allen (QLD), 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera Type R, +9.28s
7. Jamie Vandenberg (TAS) / Simon Vandenberg (TAS), 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, +9.33s
8. Dean Herridge (WA) / Glen Weston (QLD), 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, +10.26s
9. David Scott (QLD) / Michelle Berardo (QLD), 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, +11.68s
10. Ray Vandersee (QLD) / Cameron Reeves (QLD), 2009 Skelta G-Force S/C Spec A, +13.52s

SHANNONS CLASSIC OUTRIGHT
1. Rex Broadbent (VIC) / Chris Randell (VIC), 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
2. David Cooper (TAS) / Jason Dann (TAS), 1977 Holden Torana A9X, +2.41s
3. Bill Pye (NSW) / Grant Geelan (NSW), 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +3.80s
4. Simon Froude (TAS) / Andrew Scott (TAS), 1973 Porsche 911 RSR, +5.32s
5. Peter Eames (VIC) / Will Logan (TAS), 1974 Porsche 911 RS, +5.95s
6. George Pethard Jnr (NSW) / Adrian Johnstone (NSW), 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +5.97s
7. Peter Ullrich (NSW) / Sari Ullrich (NSW), 1963 Jensen CV8, +6.69s
8. Jon Siddins (QLD) / Darren Ferguson (QLD), 1970 Datsun 240Z, +6.81s
9. Barry Faux (ACT) / Therezia Mihajlovic (ACT), 1979 Mazda RX7, +9.67s
10. Hans De Corti (WA) / Mark De Corti (WA), 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +11.16s

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PURE TASMANIA SHOWROOM COMPETITION
1. Tony Warren (TAS) / Natasha Deniese (VIC), 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2. Dean Evans (NSW) / Simone Bachmann (VIC), 2008 TMR Evolution X Club Spec, +2.34s
3. Brendan Reeves (VIC) / Rhianon Smyth (VIC), 2009 Mazda3 MPS, +12.34s
4. Scott Millar (QLD) / Christopher Dean (QLD), 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +14.10s
5. Greg Burrowes (QLD) / Rhonda Burrowes (QLD), 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +15.96s

SHANNONS CLASSIC HANDICAP
1. Rex Broadbent (VIC) / Chris Randell (VIC), 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
2. David Cooper (TAS) / Jason Dann (TAS), 1977 Holden Torana A9X, +2.41s
3. Bill Pye (NSW) / Grant Geelan (NSW), 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +3.80s
4. Simon Froude (TAS) / Andrew Scott (TAS), 1973 Porsche 911 RSR, +5.32s
5. Peter Eames (VIC) / Will Logan (TAS), 1974 Porsche 911 RS, +5.95s

PURE TASMANIA EARLY MODERN
1. Jeff Beable (VIC) / Nerida Be able (VIC), 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1
2. David Ayers (TAS) / Robbie Bolton (NSW), 1997 Nismo 400R, +0.10s
3. Andrew Bollom (VIC) / Jon Roberts (VIC), 1997 Mazda RX7, +1.80s
4. Gavin James (VIC) / Tim Kulhanek (TAS), 1989 Porsche 944 S2, +5.76s
5. Brendan Manion (TAS) / Travis Dean (TAS), 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1, +5.87s

PURE TASMANIA ROOKIE RALLYE MODERN
1. Adam Newton (VIC) / Daniel Lemish (VIC), 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV RS
2. Andrew Barlow (VIC) / Andrew Re (VIC), 2000 Porsche 911 Turbo, +7.51s
3. Robbie Maher (TAS) / Peter Roberts (TAS), 1993 Mazda RX7 SP, +13.49s
4. Stephen Spada (NSW) / Christine Condon (NSW), 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX RS, +13.84s
5. Danny Traverso (VIC) / Jarrod Smith (VIC), 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, +16.70s

PURE TASMANIA ROOKIE RALLYE CLASSIC
1. Stephen Barrand (VIC) / Tim Manion (TAS), 1981 Volvo 242GT
2. Robert Clayton (TAS) / Diane Wilkinson (TAS), 1972 Bolwell Nagari, +6.45s
3. Wayne Mercer (VIC) / Graeme Parker (VIC), 1976 Holden Torana A9X, +8.96s
4. Justin Quinn (QLD) / Stuart Paine (TAS), 1973 Holden HQ, +10.27s
5. Peter Edwards (TAS) / Barbara Edwards (TAS), 1977 MGB Roadster, +11.65s
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Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Do Apr 29, 2010 22:38

[i](29-04-2010) Jason White en zijn co-piloot Joh White behaalden een eerste plaats in de eerste ronde van de Targa Taasmania{/i]

Pre-event favourite Jason White in his Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo produced a superb drive in horrendous conditions on yesterday's opening leg to take a strong lead into today's second leg of Targa Tasmania.

While wet and windy weather lashed the north of the state, White powered on in his Lamborghini Gallargo Super Trofeo Strada, recovering from a slow start to end the day nine seconds clear of 2008 winner, Steve Glenney, driving a Mazda RX8. Reigning champion, Rex Broadbent, used all of his experience and guile to finish the opening eight stages as the fastest Classic car, while Tasmanian Tony Warren was again the pace setter in the Showroom division. White knows that with four days to go he will face many challenges, but none that will come close to the morning stages on the opening day. "The Holwell stage was absolutely atrocious," White explained. "We were sitting at the start line and just as we went to start the stage a massive squall came through and the car was actually shaking from side to side because of the wind. Just after we took off the heater stopped working and the windscreen completely fogged up and all I had was a tiny little gap to see through to drive the stage. But as soon as the weather cleared up on the next couple of stages we started to make amends for it and we had a great run through Mersey Lea and grabbed the lead."

After a great first day on the road in Targa Tasmania, John White, co-driver to Targa leader Jason White, is totally rapt in the performance of the Lamborghini, despite horrendous weather conditions. The car has now been totally redeveloped in the intervening 12 months since last years event he explains: "The only bit that is common with the car we ran last year is the tub," John said. "We reckon that we know more about this car than Lamborghini themselves. They all operate in a closed box atmosphere, whereas we have to deal with the whole car and in an endurance competition environment.” The engine is both bored and stroked to give 5200cc total capacity and has 4 more bhp, but more importantly an increase in torque of about 20%," John advised. Previous problems included dramas with the ABS and the gearbox. However John’s tight-knit team has now ironed out these issues, and he is very proud of the fact that it has all been done locally. Glenney was also highly impressive yesterday in his two-wheel drive car against the four-wheel drive Lamborghini. "We've had sheets of rain, poor vision, oil on the road and very slippery conditions, so we’ve just been trying to tune the car as we go. "The Mazda is responding really well - it's a different car to last year when it was basically just a showroom car. It's been properly prepared this year and it's going really well. There's still a long way to go, but it feels good."
2009 winner, Tony Quinn, sits in third place, and while he is 30 seconds from the lead, he is well aware that there is still a very long way still to go. West Australian Steve Jones is two seconds further back in fourth place, also driving a Nissan GT-R, while Dean Herridge and Ray Vandersee are equal in fifth place.

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As expected, the Classic battle was tightly fought, with Rex Broadbent holding sway at the end of a tough opening day. Surprisingly, one of the pre-event favourites, NSW driver Bill Pye, crashed his Porsche on the penultimate stage, leaving Broadbent with a narrow 12 second lead over a Paul Batten in a 1961 Volvo PV544. "The weather conditions were terrible for the first two or three stages. People were crashing because they couldn’t see and it was so slippery," Broadbent said. "But I'm in it, and I'm having fun, but I don’t think I've been quite so scared in a car for a long time. Those stages this morning were scary." Batten perhaps produced the drive of the day in the ageing Volvo, and he sits 18 seconds clear of Jon Siddins in third place, driving a 1970 Datsun 240Z. Batten also leads the Classic handicap event after his impressive drive in the wet. After setting the pace in Tuesday's Temco Prologue, yesterday Tony Warren was again the man to catch in his Showroom competition Lancer Evo IX. He finished the day 28 seconds clear of the new Lancer Evo X of Dean Evans, while in third place sits the front-wheel drive Mazda3 MPS of Brendan Reeves. Leg 2 of Targa Tasmania takes competitors east of Launceston over eight Targa stages today, including one of the event's most famous stages, 'The Sideling'. At just under 14 kilometres in length, the stage begins the day in what many competitors hope will be fine conditions. Crews return back to the event base at the Launceston Silverdome at around 5pm this evening.

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Kevin Weeks en John Allen rijden ook in een Gallardo, maar hadden tot dusverre geen succes en finishten als hekkesluiters in de 'Modern' categorie.

Results after Leg 1 of Targa Tasmania 2010

PURE TASMANIA MODERN COMPETITION


1. Jason White (TAS) / John White (TAS), 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo Supertrofeo Strada
2. Steve Glenney (SA) / Bernie Webb (NSW), 2009 Mazda RX-8 SP, +9s
3. Tony Quinn (QLD) / Naomi Tillett (SA), 2009 Nissan GT-R, +30s
4. Steve Jones (WA) / Ben Searchy (WA), 2008 Nissan GT-R, +32s
=5. Ray Vandersee (QLD) / Cameron Reeves (QLD), 2009 Skelta G-Force S/C Spec A, +50s
=5. Dean Herridge (WA) / Glen Weston (QLD), 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, +50
7. Matt Close (VIC) / Casey Close (VIC), 2010 Audi TTRS, +1m08s
8. Jim Richards (VIC) / Barry Oliver (TAS), 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, +1m10s
9. Tony Alford (QLD) / Karl Farmer (QLD), 2007 Nissan GT-R, +1m25s
10. Angus Kennard (NSW) / Damien Grimwood (TAS), 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Spec C, +1m28s

SHANNONS CLASSIC OUTRIGHT

1. Rex Broadbent (VIC) / Chris Randell (VIC), 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +1m41s
2. Paul Batten (VIC) / Mike Batten (NSW), 1961 Volvo PV544,+12s
3. Jon Siddins (QLD) / Darren Ferguson (QLD), 1970 Datsun 240Z, +30s
4. David Cooper (TAS) / Jason Dann (TAS), 1977 Holden Torana A9X, +39s
5. Peter Eames (VIC) / Will Logan (TAS), 1974 Porsche 911 RS, +42s
6. John Ireland (NSW) / Michael Ribot (NSW), 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +42s
7. George Pethard Jnr (NSW) / Adrian Johnstone (NSW), 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +1m02s
8. Richard Woodward (NSW) / David McCrow (NSW), 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, +1m37s
9. Peter Ullrich (NSW) / Sari Ullrich (NSW), 1963 Jensen CV8, +1m41s
10. Andrew Bryson (UAE) / Jason Rowley (SA), 1975 Davrian Coupe, +2m15s

PURE TASMANIA SHOWROOM COMPETITION

1. Tony Warren (TAS) / Natasha Deniese (VIC), 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
2. Dean Evans (NSW) / Simone Bachmann (VIC), 2008 TMR Evolution X Club Spec, +28s
3. Brendan Reeves (VIC) / Rhianon Smyth (VIC), 2009 Mazda3 MPS, +57s
4. Greg Burrowes (QLD) / Rhonda Burrowes (QLD), 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +2m18s
5. Peter Brown (NSW) / Stewart Gamble (NSW), 2007 Mazda 3 Diesel, +2m53s
6. David Watson (TAS) / Stuart Lister (VIC), 2004 Volkswagen Golf R32, +3m10s

SHANNONS CLASSIC HANDICAP

1. Paul Batten (VIC) / Mike Batten (NSW), 1961 Volvo PV544
2. Jon Siddins (QLD) / Darren Ferguson (QLD), 1970 Datsun 240Z, +1m16s
3. John Ireland (NSW) / Michael Ribot (NSW), 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +1m24s
4. Peter Ullrich (NSW) / Sari Ullrich (NSW), 1963 Jensen CV8, +1m36s
5. Rex Broadbent (VIC) / Chris Randell (VIC), 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +1m41s

PURE TASMANIA EARLY MODERN

1. Andrew Richmond (VIC) / Chris Thomson (VIC), 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II N1
2. David Ayers (TAS) / Robbie Bolton (NSW), 1997 Nismo 400R, +32s
3. Jeff Beable (VIC) / Nerida Beable (VIC), 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1, +41s

PURE TASMANIA ROOKIE RALLYE MODERN

1. Adam Newton (VIC) / Daniel Lemish (VIC), 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV RS
2. Stephen Spada (NSW) / Christine Condon (NSW), 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX RS, +52s
3. Stewart Liddle (WA) / Michael Lloyd (WA), 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, +55s

PURE TASMANIA ROOKIE RALLYE CLASSIC

1. Stephen Barrand (VIC) / Tim Manion (TAS), 1981 Volvo 242GT
2. Michael Lamprell (SA) / Tania Wearing (SA), 1966 Ford Mustang, +13s
3. Simon Duff (NSW) / Shaun Dudley (NSW), 1980 Lancia Beta, +2m54s

SHANNONS VINTAGE RALLYE

1. Wayne Clark (TAS) / Roger Richardson (TAS), 1938 Dodge Speedster Special
2. John Felder (VIC) / Craig de Somerville (VIC), 1930 Oakland 8-101, +7m27s
3. John Lawson (VIC) / Paul Lawson (VIC), 1936 Delage D6 70 Le Mans, +24m20s
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Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Ma Mei 03, 2010 19:13

Update 30-04-2010: Jason White en zijn oom, John White, gaan nog steeds aan de leiding, tot hun eigen grote verbazing. De auto is namelijk in drie weken tijd omgebouwd naar een Lamborghini Super Trofeo auto en door de vulkaanuitbarsting op Ijsland, kwamen niet alle onderdelen tegelijk aan, dus was er haast geboden om de boel klaar te krijgen, wat ook gelukt is:

Local hero Jason White in his Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo produced another day of blistering speed to build up a commanding lead over the eight stages that made up yesterday's second leg of the Targa Tasmania. Driving his Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Strada, White and his co-driving uncle, John, extended their lead to 31 seconds after completing the demanding East Coast loop out to St Helens and back to Launceston. Victorian Porsche driver, Rex Broadbent, dominated yesterday's proceedings in the Classic competition in his 911 RS, to build a commanding lead of nearly a minute and a half, while Tasmania's Tony Warren came out on top after a day-long battle with Sydney's Dean Evans in the Showroom competition. After the previous day's horrendous weather conditions when the north of the state was hit with heavy rain and strong winds, fine and sunny weather greeted crews yesterday for day two. White was concerned that the day's tight and twisty stages wouldn't suit his four-wheel drive Lamborghini, yet he still managed to increase his lead despite a slow start on the famous Sidling stage out of Launceston. "We lost a bit of time through the Sidling where we haven't put much time into the recce, and it showed because the car was quick enough to get through there in a good time, but we were backing off in places where we shouldn't have been," White said. "Once we found out we'd lost some time we pushed a bit harder in the other stages, but we don't really have enough knowledge on the east coast stages to be committing 100 per cent. That's where you see guys like Steve Glenney in the Mazda really come into their own because they’ve done a lot of recce and know the stages really well. That's where the time is made up, and there’s no point in having a heap of horsepower if you’re backing off the throttle. We probably won't push 100 per cent until we get back up north in more familiar territory."

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The dry weather meant it was a day where the two-wheel drive cars could strut their stuff, and both Steve Glenney (Mazda RX8) and Ray Vandersee (Skelta G-Force) made their move. Glenney, a South Australian horse trainer, could have been closer to the lead had it not been for fuel pump problems on the first stage of the day. "Who would have thought this little Mazda could be mixing it with the Lamborghinis and the GT-Rs?" Glenney said. Vanderee's charge saw him win two stages and climb to third place, an impressive 12 seconds clear of 2009 Targa Tasmania winner Tony Quinn. West Australian Steve Jones lies fifth in his Nissan GT-R, while Matt Close is sixth in his Audi TT RS, which is making its debut in this event. Meanwhile White, has spoken of the raft of changes that were made to the Lamborghini prior to this year's event. The Italian sports car was previously in Gallardo Superleggera Type R specification, but five weeks before Targa, co-driver, uncle and team boss, John White, ordered all the parts to upgrade the car to Gallardo Super Trofeo "Strada" specification. According to Jason, this probably cost in the vicinity of $200,000, and involved changing just about everything on the car. "The parts arrived from Europe in about 14 different boxes, and we had a mad rush over three weeks to get the parts fitted," Jason said. "The last box, which had a lot of the underbody parts, was stuck in Europe after the Volcano in Iceland erupted, so that created a few problems."

Fortunately the car was finished in time, but the White Hot Motorsport team have had a stressful few weeks leading up to the event. On Tuesday, the day of the Temco Prologue, they had a false start when Jason left the keys to the Lambo in the hotel room, then last night, a spectator accidentally stepped on the car's $25,000 bonnet, which was lying on the ground while the team serviced the car. This cracked the bonnet, which then had to be sent off for repairs. Despite all this, White is feeling confident, although the late nights and early mornings haven't stopped. "I was up at 4am this morning watching in-car videos from previous years, just to check our pacenotes," he said. "One day we'll get to the start of Targa and we'll be 100% ready, but that's not happening this year." In the Classic competition it appears to be a case of catch me if you can for Rex Broadbent, with the reigning champion one minute and 27 seconds clear of his chasers. Jon Siddins has driven superbly to put his 1970 Datsun 240Z into second place, while Peter Eames (Porsche) made a big move into third after his disastrous opening day. He is a further 25 seconds in arrears and just three seconds in front of Launceston Torana driver, David Cooper. "I was cautious yesterday because you have to think of the whole event and be here for the next four days," Broadbent said. "But it felt great today, and the weather has been terrific. The car is going well, it's smooth and it's dry, so what else could you ask for? I think I'll concentrate on defending my lead and not doing anything stupid, but I still ultimately think Peter Eames will be our biggest competition. We've got a good gap on him at the moment, so I don’t need to break the car. They're fragile things, they're 35 years old, so I think I'll be much more conservative from now on."

A ding-dong battle between Warren and Evans in the Showroom competition saw them both winning multiple stages during the day. However, it is the local driver who still holds the lead after Evans lost boost on the penultimate stage. "We finished second last year and would like to get on the top step of the podium this year, but the more important thing is the Australian Tarmac Championship," Warren said. "Winning that would be a great honour, but winning Targa is good too. We're equal with Dean Evans in the series at the moment, and it will all come down to where we finish in Targa to decide who will be the champion." Today sees Targa Tasmania head off on an eight-stage loop to the west of Launceston. Critical stages include Paloona, Mt Roland and Quamby Brook, while the lunch break will be held in Devonport. Total competitive distance today is 79 kilometres - the most of any day of the event so far. Weather conditions are expected to be fine and sunny, with a top temperature of 18 degrees.
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Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Ma Mei 03, 2010 19:20

Update 01-05-2010: Jason White gaat nog altijd aan de leiding:

Jason White has continued his dominance of Targa Tasmania by further extending his lead on day three of the classic Australian tarmac rally. The Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Strada driver increased his lead to one minute on a day when key rivals Steve Glenney and Matt Close crashed out of the event. Tasmanian Tony Warren continues to lead the Showroom competition in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, while Rex Broadbent has again proved to be virtually uncatchable in his quest for another Classic crown. Conditions on day three were primarily dry, with misty rain affecting some stages, however that didn’t slow the flying Jason White. He started the day with a 31 second advantage, and almost doubled that by day’s end. “We’ve had a great day. It started off well this morning and continued on this afternoon,” White said. “We had a couple of moments with some scary road surface changes, but apart from that it’s been as planned. But there’s no time to relax, especially with the longer stages coming up Saturday and Sunday. If you relax when someone else is having a crack, you could lose a second per kilometre, which could mean a half a minute in some of the longer stages. ”
Steve Glenney’s Mazda had turbo hose problems early in the day, but the South Australian then crashed out of the event after colliding with another car. The accident took out Glenney’s Mazda RX8, and the Nissan Skyline of David Ayers.

Glenney’s mishap promoted Queenslander Ray Vandersee to second in his Australian-built Skelta G-Force, and despite the one minute deficit, he hasn’t given up on his chances of victory. “The speed of the Lamborghini is just unbelievable and it would be a big call for us to haul him back, to be honest,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the longer stages because up until now they have been fairly short, and the performance of the Lambo on the longer stages is a little bit of an unknown as yet.”
Last year’s Targa champion, Tony Quinn, is still in contention in his Nissan GT-R, 26 seconds behind the flying Skelta, while Steve Jones (Nissan), Jamie Vandenberg (Mitsubishi), and Jim Richards (Porsche) have all moved up the leader board during the day and are fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. While still pushing hard, Rex Broadbent has a vice-like grip on the Classic competition title, increasing his lead to over a minute and a half. “We’re going moderately hard,” said Broadbent. “We haven’t really backed off, we’re going comfortably quickly. If we’re not pulling away, I’m glad we’ve got a little bit of a break that we can maintain. The car feels great – it’s really good.”

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Second placed Jon Siddins is still hanging in there in his 1970 Datsun 240Z, but has resigned himself to the fact that Broadbent is out of reach. “I’m really pleased to be in second place,” Siddins said. “I’m not even going to try and catch Rex, the Porsche is too fast, so we’ll just cruise along and run our own race.” The flying Porsche of Peter Eames is in third place, 11 seconds clear of local hero David Cooper in his Torana A9X, with John Ireland fifth in another German 911. Paul Batten, driving the 1961 Volvo PV544 looks set for Classic Handicap honours.
Showroom competition leader, Tony Warren, had an off-road excursion during the day that has seen his lead narrow to 53 seconds, but he still holds a commanding advantage over fellow Lancer Evo driver Dean Evans. “The day’s been really good, apart from Mt Rowland which is just a nightmare. The conditions up there were pretty horrible,” Warren explained. “We had a bit of a mishap ourselves, so the gap that we have is handy. I’m very happy to still have the lead.”
Evans is 42 seconds ahead of front-wheel drive Mazda3 MPS driver Brendan Reeves, who had a better day than his team-mate Glenney, including winning the 16 kilometre Paloona stage. Scott Millar lies fourth, followed by Greg Burrowes, both drivers in Mitsubishis. In Early Modern, Andrew Richmond and still leads Gavin James in a hotly contested division, while in the Shannons Vintage Rallye, John Felder still leads the way in his 1930 Oakland 8-101. Today's fourth day of Targa Tasmania is the longest so far, with crews making the trek from Launceston, down the west coast to Strahan. Damp conditions are almost guaranteed on some of the eight Targa stages, which total 166 competitive kilometres. Three of the stages are over 30 kilometres in length, including famous tests such as Cethana and Riana. The tight and twisty Hellyer Gorge stage will also challenge competitors.

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Targa Tasmania - Provisional results after Day 3

PURE TASMANIA MODERN COMPETITION (provisional)


1. Jason White (TAS) / John White (TAS), 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Strada
2. Ray Vandersee (QLD) / Cameron Reeves (QLD), 2009 Skelta G-Force S/C Spec A, +1m00s
3. Tony Quinn (QLD) / Naomi Tillett (SA), 2009 Nissan GT-R, +1m27s
4. Steve Jones (WA) / Ben Searcy (WA), 2008 Nissan GT-R, +1m37s
5. Jamie Vandenberg (TAS) / Simon Vandenberg (TAS), 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, +3m41s
6. Jim Richards (VIC) / Barry Oliver (TAS), 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, +3m51s
7. Dean Herridge (WA) / Glen Weston (QLD), 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, +5m08s
8. Tony Alford (QLD) / Karl Farmer (QLD), 2007 Nissan GT-R, +5m24s
9. Tim Hendy (QLD) / Daniel Willson (TAS) 2005 Daytona Couple, +5m37s
10. Simon Bartter (NSW) / Ian Wheeler (TAS), 2009 Subaru Impreza STi, +6m15s

SHANNONS CLASSIC OUTRIGHT (provisional)

1. Rex Broadbent (VIC) / Chris Randell (VIC), 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
2. Jon Siddins (QLD) / Darren Ferguson (QLD), 1970 Datsun 240Z, +1m43s
3. Peter Eames (VIC) / Will Logan (TAS), 1974 Porsche 911 RS, +2m06s
4. David Cooper (TAS) / Jason Dann (TAS), 1977 Holden Torana A9X, +2m17s
5. John Ireland (NSW) / Michael Ribot (NSW), 1977 Porsche 911 RS, +4m04s
6. Paul Batten (VIC) / Mike Batten (NSW), 1961 Volvo PV544, +4m10s
7. Barry Faux (ACT) / Therezia Mihajlovic (ACT), 1979 Mazda RX-7, +4m12s
8. George Pethard Jnr (NSW) / Adrian Johnstone (NSW), 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +4m59s
=9. Peter Ullrich (NSW) / Sari Ullrich (NSW), 1963 Jensen CV8, +6m15s
=9. Richard Woodward (NSW) / David McCrow (NSW), 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, +6m15

PURE TASMANIA SHOWROOM COMPETITION (provisional)

1. Tony Warren (TAS) / Natasha Deniese (VIC), 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
2. Dean Evans (NSW) / Simone Bachmann (VIC), 2008 TMR Evolution X Club Spec, +52s
3. Brendan Reeves (VIC) / Rhianon Smyth (VIC), 2009 Mazda3 MPS, +1m34s
4. Scott Millar (QLD) / Christopher Dean (QLD), 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +3m59s
5. Greg Burrowes (QLD) / Rhonda Burrowes (QLD), 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +9m11s

SHANNONS CLASSIC HANDICAP (provisional)

1. Paul Batten (VIC) / Mike Batten (NSW), 1961 Volvo PV544
2. Jon Siddins (QLD) / Darren Ferguson (QLD), 1970 Datsun 240Z, +1m24s
3. David Cooper (TAS) / Jason Dann (TAS), 1977 Holden Torana A9X, +2m01s
4. Peter Ullrich (NSW) / Sari Ullrich (NSW), 1963 Jensen CV8, +2m25s
5. Barry Faux (ACT) / Therezia Mihajlovic (ACT), 1979 Mazda RX-7, +3m22s

PURE TASMANIA EARLY MODERN (provisional)

1. Andrew Richmond (VIC) / Chris Thomson (VIC), 2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II N1
2. Gavin James (VIC) / Tim Kulhanek (TAS), 1989 Porsche 944 S2, +11s
3. Jeff Beable (VIC) / Nerida Beable (VIC), 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1, +20s
4. Andrew Bollom (NSW) / Jon Roberts (VIC), 1997 Mazda RX7, +3m53s
5. Brendan Manion (TAS) / Travis Dean, 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1, +4m01s

SHANNONS VINTAGE RALLYE (provisional)

1. John Lawson (VIC) / Paul Lawson (VIC), 1936 Delage D6 70 Le Mans
2. John Felder (VIC) / Craig De Somerville (VIC), 1930 Oakland 8-101, +5m08s
3. Wayne Clark (TAS) / Roger Richardson (TAS), 1938 Dodge Speedster Special, +13m59s
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Berichtdoor Sportiva-Italia » Di Mei 04, 2010 18:54

Update 02-05-2010: Na zes slopende dagen is de Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo "Stradale" winnaar van de "Modern" klasse geworden in de Targa Tasmania rally:

After six gruelling days of competition, local driver Jason White has triumphed in the modern section to add a second Targa Tasmania title to his collection. Driving his new Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo "Strada", White and his co-driving uncle, John White, led from start to finish to claim a 63 second win ahead of Queenslander Ray Vandersee in a Skelta G-Force, with Tony Quinn third in a Nissan GT-R two minutes 30 seconds further back. The Classic Outright competition was won convincingly by Victorian, Rex Broadbent, who produced a near faultless drive in a 1974 Porsche 911 RS. Melbourne driver, Paul Batten, secured the Classic Handicap title with a superb performance in his 1961 Volvo PV544 across the 504 competitive kilometres. Tasmanian Tony Warren was the dominant force in the Showroom competition droving his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX to a one minute and 45 second victory – his second in three years. Second place went to the Mazda3 MPS of Brendan Reeves, with Dean Evans third in a Lancer Evo X, nine seconds further back. After previously winning Targa Tasmania in 2005 in a Nissan GT-R, Jason White’s victory comes after many years of trying in the Italian supercar. Recent changes to the Lamborghini’s specification have made the car faster than ever, and he was untouchable over the course of the event.
“When John announced a month ago that we were going to change the car to the new model, I had mixed emotions about it all,” White said. “We were all pretty excited about it, but I was quite scared knowing the amount of work and man hours that would be needed. We were delighted just to get it to the start line, but I was shaking in my boots knowing that I hadn’t seen any these roads since last year. “To get it this far has been extremely satisfying. To be involved in building the car and then to have a result like this is amazing," he continued. “We’ve got our name on the trophy twice now, but others have got it there eight times, so we’re not going to rest at this. There’s a record out there that we’d like to chase after.”

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Broadbent was rarely challenged as he charged to back-to-back Classic wins. Despite only entering the event at the eleventh-hour, his Porsche 911 never missed a beat to take a clear victory. “It’s been survival of the fittest, but I’m still pretty happy and have enjoyed it enormously,” Broadbent commented. “My co-driver and good friend, Chris (Randell), has been totally professional and didn’t put a foot wrong, and it makes a big difference to the driver. I’ve always said that navigators are 80 per cent of the team, but I reckon it might event by 85 per cent this time.”
Tony Warren led from the start in the Showroom competition. His blistering speed early in the event had his rivals expecting the Lancer Evo IX to run out of tyres, but a polished drive over the final days ensured he took the step to the top of the podium. “It’s a great feeling to not only win the Showroom competition, but to take out the Australian Tarmac Championship as well, which was my main goal,” Warren said. “Today we pushed harder than we thought we would to maintain our lead, but the car was superb and Natasha’s (Deniese) navigating was fantastic. We didn’t miss a beat, so it’s been great. This car is prepared in my workshop by my mate Gary Cox and I, and his preparation has been magnificent.” Victorian Andrew Richmond won the Early Modern in his Nissan Skyline GT-R, while Tasmanian Wayne Clark’s 1938 Dodge Speedster Special completed the course to win the Vintage category.

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