TARGA Great Barrier Reef proposed Course Reveal – Super Stages introduced for Cairns + Innisfail

Thursday, 1st of July

TARGA Great Barrier Reef is returning for a fourth running from the 2nd to the 5th of September. Organisers have released the proposed course for 2021 today, pending final approval in the weeks ahead.
With many signature TARGA stages such as Gillies Range and Kuranda Range reappearing in 2021, there are also some exciting additions to this year’s course, in an effort to support the events ongoing growth. With local communities still reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, TARGA hopes to bring some energy back to Cairns with new stages and events for the public to enjoy.

In a first ever for Queensland, fans will get to see the cars in action like never before, with two brand new TARGA Super Stages. The first will kick off TARGA Great Barrier Reef at the Cairns Showgrounds on Thursday 2nd September, and the second will conclude the event as the final stage, in a thrilling finale around the streets of Innisfail on Sunday 5th September.

The Official Finish and TARGAfest will be combined to create a truly unique event at Fogerty Park on Sunday 5th of September. This will be completely free and open to the public, with the intention of bringing car lovers together for an incredible viewing experience, and as this event also falls on Father’s Day, it will provide an excellent opportunity for families to get out and about. After the roaring success of the TARGA cavalcade in 2020, organisers are bringing it back in 2021 on Friday 3rd September. This year, the event will take on a new route to bring TARGA to different parts of Cairns. The course for this event is due to be released in the weeks ahead, once final preparations are completed.

TARGA CEO Mark Perry said “We managed to get the event up and running last year in spite of almost blanket lockdowns, and whilst we are not on the other side yet, we need to start the rebuild and provide new opportunities for the public of FNQ to continue to enjoy the event. The new Super Stages will provide excitement not seen at TGBR before and will bring TARGA competition right into Cairns for the first time along with giving Innisfail a signature international event right in the heart of town on Father’s Day. We have worked hard in recent months to ensure that TARGA fans get to see more action than ever before.”

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said TARGA Great Barrier Reef had become one of the premier events on the Cairns calendar and the new super stage component would deliver an exciting experience for spectators. “Part of the attraction of TARGA is that residents can get up close to high performance vehicles which they would normally only see on racetracks. This year, the addition of the super stage car rally at the Cairns Showgrounds will give residents an opportunity to see the cars in a race car setting as the make their way around a circuit within the grounds.” Mr. Manning said. “Event season is in full swing for Cairns and our Council is committed to supporting events like TARGA Great Barrier Reef which continue to attract visitors to our city and showcase all our great region has to offer.”

Cairns Showgrounds Super Stage to take place on Thursday 2nd September

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan said the region welcomes the influx of visitor’s that TARGA will draw in, with the event accentuating the unique landscapes and historic townships of Innisfail and the surrounding areas. “The opportunities and exposure events like TARGA bring to our region are invaluable, especially with this year’s event showing an extensive vision of Innisfail that will appear on TARGA’s television show. TARGA will be broadcasted to more than 180 countries and in contrast to former years, is hoping to highlight the individual town’s unique street scapes. This year’s Super Stages will bring the action into the Far North and allow Innisfail and its historical buildings and art deco aesthetic to be more closely showcased in this signature event. More than 1,000 people will visit the region from around the country and our local economy will see a great boost with similar events in Australia having an estimate total value of around $1.75 million between direct spending and national and international exposure.”

Innisfail Super Stage to take place on Sunday 5th September

TARGA Great Barrier Reef will yet again become the opening round of the Motorsport Australia TARGA Championship this year, which will see all of the leading teams and cars in action after they were unable to attend last year due to border closures. This means that a larger-than-usual field of highly competitive teams will be in attendance, typically reserved for TARGA Tasmania.

TARGA Great Barrier Reef kicks off on September 2nd with a Super Stage at the Cairns Showgrounds; tickets will be on sale from 9th August. The event finishes with TARGAfest and the world’s largest champagne shower on September 5th at Fogerty Park.

Tragic end to Targa Tasmania

Saturday 24th April, 2021

TARGA Tasmania has been struck with tragedy for a second successive day.

A double fatality occurred 6.2km into the Cygnet 1 stage.

A 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was involved in an accident with both driver Leigh Mundy and co-driver Dennis Neagle killed after the car hit a tree.

Medical teams arrived at the scene but both occupants could not be saved.

“This has been a devastating few days for the Targa family,” said Mark Perry, TARGA Australia chief executive.

“Today our thoughts and deepest condolences go to Leigh and Dennis’ family and friends.

“Both loved Targa and we knew them so well, which makes their passing so difficult for everyone in our community.

“They will be sorely missed by us all.”

Organisers downgraded the stages to touring at 12.17 pm.

It left Eddie Maguire and Zak Brakey as the winners of the Dutton Garage Overall category in their 2016 Dodge Viper.

Maguire and Brakey ran at the front on all six days, ending with a one minute 57 second win over Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R).

Running at the front on all six days, Maguire withstood a pressure-packed event to win the Dutton Garage Overall class alongside co-driver Zak Brakey in their 2016 Dodge Viper.

The all-Tasmanian crew managed to win 12 of the event’s 37 stages across more than 600km of stages. Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) were one minute 57 seconds behind in second.

“It’s not the feeling we thought we’d get as we had been working 30 years for this,” Maguire said.

“I was my son Hunter’s age (four) when the first TARGA Tasmania was on and it has been a dream to win this since then.

“It’s great to do it with Zak (Brakey) who is a good mate. We went to primary school together.

“My service crew, mum and dad and Jason White have been amazing. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Jason, he’s a great mentor.

“I also want to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the people we have lost yesterday and today.

Trevor Macleod and Steve Glenney topped the opening two stages of the final day to finish third overall in their 2009 Nissan GT-R.

Maguire and Brakey also topped Dutton Garage GT Outright standings.

Macleod and Glenney took Dutton Garage Early Modern 4 by more than 16 minutes. 

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 was won convincingly by Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (2004 BMW M3 CSL).

Queenslanders Jon and Gina Siddins were never headed in Shannons Classic GT, the pair guiding their 1970 Datsun 240Z six minutes 31 seconds clear of second-placed Stephen Thatcher and Phillip Parker (1989 Nissan Skyline) 

Ashley Yelds and Mary Hughes were untouchable throughout, claiming Shannons Classic Handicap by 11 minutes 35 seconds in their beautifully prepared 1961 Volvo 122S.

A raging battle continued to the end in Classic Throttle Shop GT Production with Stephen Maguire, brother of Eddie, prevailing by 18 seconds in the 2011 Mitsubishi Evo X he shared with Stuart Benson.

In one of the most hotly contested categories, Tyler Page and Ryan Sheenan (2007 Subaru WRX) took honours in Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye by a slender eight seconds.

Queenslanders Darryl and Peter Marshall were never headed after completing a solid campaign in their 2002 Ford Pursuit Ute to dominate Budget TSD Trophy. The Marshalls were only docked a total of 15 points with their nearest challengers, Christopher Waldock and Cristine Kirby (2016 Jaguar F-Type) finishing on 60 points.

Jack Waldron and Graham Mitchell powered to victory in Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy in their 1981 Mitsubishi Sigma, claiming the category by 12 minutes 25 seconds.

In Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy, Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd (2020 Exige 410) prevailed by just over one minute from Stephen Sher and Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige).

TARGA Tasmania 2021 Day 6 of 6 results (provisional)

Dutton Garage Overall
1 Ed Maguire/Zak Brakey (2016 Dodge Viper ACR)
2 Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) +1:57s
3 Trevor Macleod/Steve Glenney (2009 Nissan GT-R) +2:37s
4 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +6:53s
5 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS) +11:53s
6 Stephen Maguire/Stuart Benson (2011 Mitsubishi Evo X) +15:05s

Dutton Garage GT Outright

1 Ed Maguire/Zak Brakey (2016 Dodge Viper ACR)
2 Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) +1:57s
3 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +6:53s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4
1 Trevor Macleod/Steve Glenney (2009 Nissan GT-R)
2 Geoffrey Hewitt/Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R) +16:18s
3 Guy Lilleyman/John Lilleyman (2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX) +18:13s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2
1 Adam Kaplan/Aleshia Penney (2004 BMW M3 CSL)
2 Peter Roberts/Suzanne Atkins (1992 Nissan Skyline GTS-1) +7:03s
3 Adam Spence/Lee Challoner-Miles (2004 BMW M3 CSL) +7:06s

Classic Throttle Shop GT Production
1 Stephen Maguire/Stuart Benson (2011 Mitsubishi Evo X) 
2 Peter Nunn/Keith Johnstone (2016 Porsche Cayman GTS) +18s
3 Crichton Lewis/Anthony Carr (2015 Subaru WRX STi) +1:48s

 Shannons Classic GT
1 Jon Siddins/Gina Siddins (1970 Datsun 240Z)
2 Stephen Thatcher/Phillip Parker (1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R) +6:31s
3 Stuart McAuley/Philippe Etienne (1985 Porsche 911 Carrera) +7:23s

Shannons Classic Handicap
1 Ashley Yelds/Mary Hughes (1960 Volvo 122S)
2 Peter Ullrich/Sari Ullrich (1964 Studebaker Avanti) +11:25s
3 Bruce Power/Russell Hannah (1979 Mazda RX-7) +13:16s

Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy
1 Matthew Gibbens/Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410)
2 Stephen Sher/Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige) +1:03s
3 Robert Bryden/Ian Noble (2020 Lotus Exige) +2:05s

 Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy
1 Jack Waldron/Graham Mitchell (1981 Mitsubishi Sigma)
2 John Stanton/John Blake (1981 Porsche 924 Turbo) +12:25s
3 David Currow/Kate O’Donnell (1969 Fiat 124 AC) +50:16s

Budget TSD Trophy
1 Darryl Marshall/Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Pursuit Ute) 15 points
2 Christopher Waldock/Cristine Kirby (2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR) 60 points
3 Michael Graver/Nicholas Graver (2020 BMW M340i) 86 points

Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye
1 Tyler Page/Ryan Sheehan (2007 Subaru WRX)
2 Anthony Seymour/Sandra Seymour( 2018 Lotus Exige) +08s
3 Stuart Collison/Lance Arundel (2006 Subaru WRX STi) +6:53s

Further statement from Targa Australia

Saturday, 24th of April, 2021

Sadly there has been double fatality after a crash on the Cygnet stage of TARGA Tasmania.

A 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (Car 902) hit a tree 6.2 kilometres into the stage at approximately 11:45am this morning. 

Medical and emergency teams were immediately dispatched to attend the scene of the accident but were unable to revive both the driver Leigh Mundy, and co-driver Dennis Neagle, who died at the scene.

The stages were downgraded at 12:17pm to touring only and competitors returned to the finish at PW1 in Hobart.

Targa Australia CEO, Mark Perry, said:

“This has been a devastating few days for the Targa family.

Today our thoughts and deepest condolences go to Leigh and Dennis’ family and friends.

Both loved Targa and we knew them so well, which makes their passing so difficult for everyone in our community.

They will be sorely missed by us all.”

As this is now a coronial matter, there will be no further statement from Targa Australia.

STATEMENT FROM TARGA AUSTRALIA

TARGA Tasmania confirms there has been a serious accident on the Cygnet Stage and Police have closed the road and are in attendance at the scene.

Further details will be released as available.

TARGA Tasmania continues after tragic day

Targa Australia is deeply saddened to report a fatal crash on the Mt Arrowsmith stage on day 5 of TARGA Tasmania.

A 1979 Mazda RX-7 of Shane Navin and co-driver Glenn Evans crashed 35.4 kilometres into the stage at approximately 10am yesterday morning. 

Medical teams were immediately dispatched to attend the scene of the accident but were unable to revive Shane, who died at the scene.

Co-driver Glenn Evans, was assessed by the attending medical crew and cleared of injuries.

Targa Australia CEO, Mark Perry, said:

“This is a very sad time for the Targa community. Shane was a much loved and admired member of our Targa family. We send our heartfelt condolences to Shane’s family and friends on their loss.”

Targa organisers made the considered decision to continue with the event.

At the front of the field, Eddie Maguire edged closer to overall victory in TARGA Tasmania.

On the arrival of the field in Hobart, Maguire and co-driver Zak Brakey had a one minute 59 seconds lead.

Maguire claimed four of the day’s six timed stages with one day remaining.

Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) took a big chunk out of the overall lead by topping the 52.51km Mount Arrowsmith stage before Maguire responded to top the final three stages of the day.

Trevor Macleod and Steve Glenney are two minutes and 51 seconds back in third overall.

Maguire and Brakey also lead the Dutton Garage GTO standings by the same margin from Kennard/Wheeler with Tony Quinn and Kate Catford third.

Macleod and Glenney have a decisive lead in Dutton Garage Early Modern 4. The pair are 14 minutes 59 seconds ahead.

In Dutton Garage Early Modern 2, Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (2004 BMW M3 CSL) hold a six minutes 56 second advantage.

Jon and Gina Siddins (1970 Datsun 240Z) have proved the class of the Shannons Classic GT field all week and go into the final day with a decent six minutes 18 second lead.

Ashley Yelds and Mary Hughes (1961 Volvo 122s) have gone further ahead in Shannons Classic Handicap after their nearest rivals Steve McClintock and Jann Skinner went off on the morning’s first stage (Strahan) in their 1972 BMW 2002. Peter and Sari Ullrich are second more than eleven minutes adrift.

The Classic Throttle Shop GT Production category has seen an epic battle with the lead chopping and changing. Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone (2016 Porsche Cayman GTS) finished the day with a one second lead over Stephen Maguire and Stuart Benson (2011 Mitsubishi Evo X).

Jack Waldron and Graham Mitchell look untouchable in Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy, leading the way in their 1981 Mitsubishi Sigma by 12 minutes and 5 seconds.

Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy remains a tight affair with Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd leading by 54 seconds.

Another close battle continues in Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye with Tyler Page and Ryan Sheehan (2007 Subaru WRX S204) clutching an eight second lead over Tony and Sandra Seymour (2013 Lotus Exige).

Queenslanders Darryl and Peter Marshall have all but sewn-up the Budget TSD Trophy category in their 2002 Ford Pursuit Ute with 37point lead.

The 29th Targa Tasmania concludes today with a further eight stages before finishing back PW1 in Hobart around 1:30pm.

Further Statement from TARGA Australia

There has been a fatal crash on the Mt Arrowsmith stage of TARGA Tasmania.
A 1979 Mazda RX7 rolled 35.4 kilometres into the stage at approximately 10am this morning. 
Medical teams were immediately dispatched to attend the scene of the accident but were unable to revive the driver, Shane Navin, who died at the scene.

The second occupant of the car, co-driver Glenn Evans, was assessed by the attending medical crew and has no injuries.

Targa Australia CEO, Mark Perry, said:
“This is a very sad time for the Targa community. Shane was a much loved and admired member of our Targa family. We send our heartfelt condolences to Shane’s family and friends on their loss.”
There will be no further statement from Targa Australia as this is now a coronial matter.

TARGA Australia update

TARGA Tasmania confirms there has been a serious accident on the Mt Arrowsmith Stage and Police have closed the road and are in attendance at the scene.

Further details will be released when they become available.

WHAT THEY SAID | DAY FOUR

Photo Credit: Wishart Media

EDDIE MAGUIRE (leading Dutton Garage overall and GTO): “Today was great – a pretty relaxing day all up.

We’ve just been doing our thing and staying consistent.

We won every stage today except for Gunns Plains and Reece Dam.

The temperature on our tyres came up too much on that stage and we had to nurse them and back off a bit.

The weather so far has really helped our tyres.

They’re looking great – in fact, much better than I thought they would on Day Four, but there’s still long way to go.”

ANGUS KENNARD (second Dutton Garage overall and GTO): “Eddie’s got a great lead, but it’s a great fight for second, third, and fourth.

We haven’t given up trying to catch Eddie yet.

It’s such a long event and anything can happen, so you just have to keep going.

We are going really hard and not holding anything back at this stage.”

SHANE JACOBSON (Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy): “I’m absolutely loving it so far.

The best thing of all is that we’re still on the road and that’s one of the main objectives in an event like this.

We’re feeling like winners on every stage and still smiling.

We’re driving to the conditions, which I think is probably a wise thing.

We’re not trying to win a trophy – we’re just trying to get around.

I’m getting more confident with the car, but I’ve got someone in the left hand seat (navigator Naomi Tillett) keeping me in check.

When the red mist descends, she brings it back to amber for me.

DARRYL  MARSHALL (Budget TSD Trophy): “The change in Hellyer Gorge caught us out a little bit, as the finish line was moved and it threw our calculations out a bit, but to come through the day with only losing two points isn’t a bad result considering.

It was a much shorter stage and one we haven’t properly recced in the past.”

JACK WALDRON (Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy): “This is probably the biggest lead I’ve had on Day Four so far.

The car’s been really good, apart from a small electrical problem which is plaguing us at the moment.

I’m going to try a different alternator.

It’s fairly tough out there – it’s wet and slippery, but my car is easy to drive, so we’re enjoying it enormously.”

MATTHEW GIBBENS (Spiriti of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy): “We’re happy to be in the lead, but now we’re just trying to protect it for the next couple of days.

Hopefully tomorrow we will get some dry conditions.

We’ve been getting used to the car in the wet as well and winning some stages, but it’s safer and more predictable when it’s dry.”

TYLER PAGE (Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye): “We inherited the lead from Tony (Seymour) when he copped a penalty today, so it was good for us.

We are still learning every day – we had never driven the car in the wet until The Sideling (Day Two).

It’s been a big learning curve and every day we’re just been getting faster and faster in the wet.

Tony’s penalty makes up for the time we lost in the wet early on, but now we’re got a real battle on our hands head to head with Tony.”

GINA SIDDINS (Shannons Classic GT): “I had a bit of a crack in a couple of stages today, which is why we may have lost a bit of time.

It was really good to be behind the wheel and Jon was pretty good on navigation – he’s a better driver though.

He’s always told me how to drive, but he’s been a great mentor with my racing.

Jon’s very happy with the lead we still have.”

ADAM KAPLAN (Dutton Garage Early Modern 2): “We’re surprised to be in front by as much as we are, because we’ve just been taking it relatively easy and having fun.

The car’s been brilliant with no issues whatsoever.

The only difficulty for us is trying to work out which suspension setting to use.

We’re happy with our progress so far.”

TREVOR MACLEOD (Dutton Garage Early Modern 4): “We’re happy to be leading our class after we had some issues with a computer fault which put the car in limp mode, but we think we’ve sorted it out.

We’ll keep pushing and maybe get ourselves back into an outright podium position as well.

ASHLEY YELDS (Shannons Classic): “We’ve had a few fuel problems today, but still managed to hang on to our lead.

This is a very competitive class, so we’re very conscious of needing to keep our pace going.

We’re not content with our gap at this stage, especially when someone can take 28 seconds off us in one stage.”

PETER NUNN (Classic Throttle Shop GT Production): “It’s unfortunate Ben had to head home, but Steve Maguire is making ground on us in leaps and bounds now.

He’s pulled a bit on us today, so it’s going to be a good battle.

Our car’s been better in the wet that it was yesterday after we made a few changes and gained some confidence along the way.”

STEVE MAGUIRE (GT Production): “We made a few suspension changes today and that gave us a bit more confidence in the wet.

We’re having a good battle with Peter Nunn.

He seems to be doing quite well in the dry and we’re not too bad in the wet.

Tuesday was the first time I’d ever driven in the wet in a tarmac rally, so it was quite challenging, but we’re having heaps of fun now.

I’ve done plenty of gravel rallying in the wet, but no tarmac.”

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Maguire turns up wick on TARGA Tasmania assault

Ed Maguire/Zak Brakey on Day 4. (Photo: Otherside Productions/Wishart Media) 

Thursday 22nd April, 2021

Eddie Maguire and Zak Brakey have turned in an electrifying performance to dominate day four of TARGA Tasmania.

On a day of largely wet conditions, Maguire aced four of the six stages in his potent 2016 Dodge Viper in a blistering display around Tasmania’s north-west.

The Burnie flyer has now forged a two minute 23 second lead in overall standings. Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) have moved into second with Trevor Mcleod and Steve Glenney third.

Maguire also tops the Dutton Garage GTO leaderboard from Kennard and Wheeler with Tony Quinn and Kate Catford third in their 2018 Nissan GT-R.

“We’ve just been doing our thing and staying consistent,” Maguire said. “We won every stage today except for Gunns Plains and the last one, Reece Dam.

“The temperature on our tyres came up too much on that stage and we had to nurse them and back off a bit.

“The weather so far has really helped our tyres. They’re looking great – in fact, much better than I thought they would on day four, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Kennard is still pushing hard hoping for a first overall win at TARGA Tasmania.

“We haven’t given up trying to catch Eddie yet’” Kennard said.

“It’s such a long event and anything can happen, so you just have to keep going. We are going really hard and not holding anything back at this stage.”

Another GT Outright contender, Jeff Morton and Daymon Nicoli, who starred by winning the first two stages on Day 3, pushed hard today but remain in fifth position overall.

An electronic glitch with their gearbox knocked the shine off an otherwise solid performance by Macleod and Glenney (2009 Nissan GT-R) but the pair still hold a big lead in Dutton Garage Early Modern 4 by more than 11 minutes.

Macleod and Glenney put in a sterling run to record the fastest time by 13 seconds over Maguire and Brakey on the 14.77km Gunns Plains stage.

Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney continue to show the way in Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 ahead of Peter Roberts and Suzanne Atkins. Adam Spence and Lee Challoner-Miles have jumped back into third after a time penalty on their 2004 BMW M3 CSL was withdrawn.

Jon and Gina Siddins are pressing on with a sublime performance to dominate the pace in Shannons Classic GT in their popular 1970 Datsun 240Z. Gina Siddins has swapped seats, driving a couple of stages with Jon calling the notes.

The Siddins have increased their lead by five minutes and 23 seconds.

Ashley Yelds and Mary Hughes (1961 Volvo 122s), who stopped to offer assistance to a fellow competitor who had spun in TS 19, were given a derived time and maintain the top of the table in Shannons Classic Handicap.

Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone have taken over the lead of Classic Throttle Shop GT Production following the unfortunate withdrawal of Ben Newman/Adam Kudra for personal reasons.

Nunn/Johnstone have a two minutes 19 second break over Crichton Lewis/Anthony Carr (2015 Subaru WRX STi).

Day four saw a change of lead in Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye with Tyler Page and Ryan Sheehan (2007 Subaru WRX) taking over from previous front-runners Tony and Sandra Seymour (2018 Lotus Exige).

Darryl and Peter Marshall are putting on a clinic by extending their gap in the time-speed-distance and penalty points-based Budget TSD Trophy. The Marshalls are now 31 points clear.

Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy is a one-act affair with Jack Waldren and Graham Mitchell forging a huge 10 minutes 44 second lead over John Stanton/John Blake (1981 Porsche 924 Turbo).

Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410) maintain the top position in Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy, one minute 54 seconds over Stephen Sher/Fergal Murphy’s 2016 Lotus Exige.

The penultimate day of the rally takes cars from Strahan down into Hobart with a further 116 competitive kilometres.

TARGA Tasmania 2021 Day 4 of 6 results (provisional)

Dutton Garage Overall
1 Ed Maguire/Zak Brakey (2016 Dodge Viper ACR) 
2 Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) +2m:23s
3 Trevor Macleod/Steve Glenney (2009 Nissan GT-R) +3:29s
4 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +3:57s
5 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS) +7:16s
6 Peter Nunn/Keith Johnstone (2016 Porsche Cayman GTS) +10:32s

Dutton Garage GT Outright
1 Ed Maguire/Zak Brakey (2016 Dodge Viper ACR)
2 Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) +2m:23s
3 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +3:57s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4
1 Trevor Macleod/Steve Glenney (2009 Nissan GT-R) 
2 Jason Wright/Fiona Wright (2001 Nissan Skyline GT-R) +11m:07s
3 Geoffrey Hewitt/Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R) +11.13s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2
1 Adam Kaplan/Aleshia Penney (2004 BMW M3 CSL)
2 Peter Roberts/Suzanne Atkins (1992 Nissan Skyline GTS-1) +4m:20s
3 Adam Spence/Lee Challoner-Miles (2004 BMW M3 CSL) +4:45s

Classic Throttle Shop GT Production
1 Peter Nunn/Keith Johnstone (2016 Porsche Cayman GTS) 
2 Stephen Maguire/Stuart Benson (2011 Mitsubishi Evo X) +35s
3 Crichton Lewis/Anthony Carr (2015 Subaru WRX STi) +2:19s

 Shannons Classic GT
1 Jon Siddins/Gina Siddins (1970 Datsun 240Z)
2 Stuart McAuley/Philippe Etienne (1985 Porsche 911 Carrera) +5m:23s
3 Stephen Thatcher/Phillip Parker (1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R) +6:08s 

Shannons Classic Handicap
1 Ashley Yelds/Mary Hughes (1960 Volvo 122S)
2 Steve McClintock/Jann Skinner (1972 BMW 2002) +4m:11s
3 Peter Ullrich/Sari Ullrich (1964 Studebaker Avanti) +6:09s

 Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy
1 Matthew Gibbens/Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410)
2 Stephen Sher/Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige) +1m:54s
3 Robert Bryden/Ian Noble (2020 Lotus Exige) +2:35s

Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy
1 Jack Waldren/Graham Mitchell (1981 Mitsubishi Sigma) 
2 John Stanton/John Blake (1981 Porsche 924 Turbo) +10m:44s
3 David Currow/Kate O’Donnell (1969 Fiat 124 AC) +41.41s 

Budget TSD Trophy
1 Darryl Marshall/Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Pursuit Ute) 11 points
2 Christopher Waldock/Cristine Kirby (2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR) 42 points
3 Neville Emond/Stephen Jones (1996 Volvo 850R) 71 points

Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye
1 Tyler Page/Ryan Sheehan (2007 Subaru WRX) 
2 Anthony Seymour/Sandra Seymour( 2018 Lotus Exige) +4m:10s
3 Murray Young/Paul McBean (2012 BMW M3) +13:06s

Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli in his 2019 Porsche GT2 RS (Otherside Productions/Wishart Media)

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What they said | day three

We gathered some quotes and insider knowledge from a number of our competitors.

EDDIE MAGUIRE (Dutton Garage Overall and GTO): “We’ve been taking it pretty easy today. We’ve just got to get to the finish by conserving our lead.

If we can gain a bit of time in a safe manner, then we will, but it’s still about conserving tyres for us.

We had a very easy run over Cethana this morning because it’s hard on tyres, but we had a bit of a go in Oldina, but we’re not taking any risks.”

TREVOR McLEOD (Dutton Garage Early Modern 4): “Eddie’s going very well and we might struggle to make up the gap. I’m just driving to my abilities and not going overboard.

We’re not concerned about who’s in front of us and who’s behind – we’re just playing our own game.”

TONY QUINN (Dutton Garage GTO): “I’ve just been taking it as it comes and driving theroad.

Everybody’s been adjusting tyre pressures and suspension settings.

I haven’t touched the car at all.

I learnt from the great Jim Richards to just fill up the car in the morning and at lunch and keep it on the road in between.

I honestly don’t think a few clicks on the suspension or a bit of an adjustment makes that noticeable of a difference.

Every stage is different.”

DARRYL MARSHALL (Budget TSD Trophy)This is our equal best day at Targa Tasmania.

We’ve had a one-point day before and we were hoping to lose zero today, but we didn’t get it quite right in Cethana this morning.

Today was just one of those days we really like with long stages and easier stages.
It was great to get some dry weather after yesterday.

The dry weather really helps, especially with the ute.”

JACK WALDRON (Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy): “Everything’s working fairly well.

They’ve been wet days and the other guys have probably slowed down a little, whereas this car’s easy to drive in the wet conditions.

The last few days have been really good for us and I’ve enjoyed it.”

MATTHEW GIBBENS (Spirit of Tasmani GT Sports Trophy): “We’re getting more used to the wet conditions, but we were really pleased to see the dry conditions in the early stages this morning.

The car’s handling exceptionally well in both the dry and the wet, so I’m happy with that and we’re working better as a team, so we’re feeling more confident as the event goes on.”

ANTHONY SEYMOUR (Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye): “We’re very lucky to still be in front and very happy to still be in front. The conditions were treacherous yesterday, but today it’s been okay.

We haven’t had any dramas and any moments yet, so that’s a good thing.”

JON SIDDINS (Shannons Classic GT): “We’ve got a bit of a lead now, so we could afford to cruise through the last stage today.

Our plan for the rest of the week is now to defend the lead and not try too much to extend it.

As Jack Brabham used to say, ‘you’ve only got to win by one second’.”

ADAM KAPLAN (Dutton Garage Early Modern 2): “We’re happy with our progress so far.

We’re not pushing too hard and we have a nice lead for now. We’ll just push on when it feels good and slow down when it doesn’t. We just look at the conditions at the start of each stage and just decide whether it’s a time to go hard or not.

It’s not about winning for us, it’s about having fun – and beating the Porsches.”

ASHLEY YELDS (Shannons Classic Handicap): “The lead we have today is just brilliant – we didn’t expect to be that far in front.

We thought it was going to be dry today, so we had to push really hard on the dry stages this morning, because this class is such an even and competitive competition.

We’re not content with the lead we’ve got and there’s still a lot of work to do.”

PETER NUNN (Classic Throttle Shop GT Production): “ Today was a mixed bag after Day One suited us and Day Two suited Ben (Newman). He did well through Cethana and then we had a good run through Oldina.

I expect to lose a bit of time to him when it’s wet, so the weather could play a part.

We’re just pushing when we feel good and backing off when we don’t.”

BEN NEWMAN (Classic Throttle Shop GT Production): “We were happy to be quickest over Cethana, and we built up a nice buffer, but we had a brake issue on Oldina, so we lost 30 seconds.

We put some new pads on and we didn’t bed them in properly, so they glazed up and caused a huge vibration and didn’t stop the car too well.

We’ve put the original pads back in, so we’ll see what happens.

That’s the ups and downs of Targa Tasmania – we’d like a bigger gap in case it dries out.”

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