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Targa Australia

Siddins wins fans with Classic GT win

29-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Many have called it the drive of Targa Tasmania 2017.

 

Jon and Gina Siddins have been brilliant in their 1970 Datsun 240Z, easily setting the pace amongst the classic cars to secure the Shannons Classic GT title, but also finishing ninth overall, wringing the most out of their car against all-comers.

 

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Kennard too good in GT4 competition

29-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

The RDA Brakes GT4 competition at Targa Tasmania has proven to be a Nissan GTR benefit, with a pair of the Japanese cars finishing in first and second place.

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Vipers battle it out for Wrest Point GT2 honours

29-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

They didn’t quite lead from start to finish, but it was pretty close to the perfect Targa Tasmania for Wrest Point GT2 winners Jason and John White.

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White wins his sixth Targa Tasmania

29-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Jason and John White have driven the perfect event to win the Overall competition at Targa Tasmania, their sixth victory at the rally classic, and they are now just two titles shy of all-time Targa greats Jim Richards and Barry Oliver.

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Back-to-back TSD wins for Marshall

29-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Brothers Darryl and Peter Marshall have completely dominated the TSD Trophy competition at Targa Tasmania, winning the 2017 event by a margin on 106 points.

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Lotus pair take GT Sports

29-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

The Country Club GT Sports Trophy is a recent edition to the Targa Tasmania competition, but it is already attracting a loyal following and developing some interesting rivalries.

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Early Modern win to Kaplan

29-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

The 2004 BMW M3 CSL of Adam Kaplan and co-driver Aleshia Penny have crossed the line first in the the Duttons Garage Early Modern competition.

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Ullrich the run-away handicap winner in Classic

29-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

The 1963 Jansen CV8 of Peter and Sari Ullrich have taken the Shannons Classic title at the 2017 Targa Tasmania, beating all others home in the handicap competition.

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Kennard’s the man in GT4

28-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Nissan GTR driver Angus Kennard and co-driver Ian Wheeler have extended their RDA Brakes GT4 lead by over three and a half minutes over the six stages of day five.

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Marshalls on track for TSD Trophy glory

28-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

TSD Trophy leaders Darryl and Peter Marshall had an early scare in their push for TSD Trophy honours, but have recovered well to lead the competition by 92 at the end of day five.

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Morton stretches lead in GT Sports Trophy

28-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Jeff Morton, in his Lotus Exige, almost doubled his overall lead in Country Club GT Sports Trophy class on Day 5 of Targa Tasmania.

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White edges closer to sixth Targa Tasmania win

28-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Devonport’s Jason White looks set to take a sixth Targa Tasmania crown after he stamped his authority on the event on the stages from Strahan to Hobart.

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Siddins strengthens lead in Classic GT

28-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

On the penultimate day of Targa Tasmania, Jon Siddins has ensured he will enter the final day with a huge buffer over his rivals, following another dominant display in Shannons Classic GT.

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Kaplan maintains overall lead in Early Modern

28-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Adam Kaplan in a 2004 BMW M3 CSL has maintained his lead after Day 5 in Duttons Garage Early Modern.

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Ullrich maintains comfortable lead in Shannons Classic

28-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Peter Ullrich has increased his lead in Shannons Classic to over six minutes in his 1963 Jensen CV8.

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Marshalls on track for back-to-back TSD wins

27-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Having led from the opening stage on Monday, Darryl and Peter Marshall continue to dominate the field in TSD Trophy, opening up a lead of 67 points.

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White withstands Close challenge at Targa Tasmania

27-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Jason White continues to maintain his advantage as the overall leader of Targa Tasmania, after seven challenging stages on day four of the six-day tarmac marathon.

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Ullrich in complete control in Shannons Classic

27-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Peter Ullrich has opened up a margin of almost five minutes after day four of Targa Tasmania in his 1963 Jensen CV8.

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Siddins strengthens lead in Classic GT

27-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

With just two days remaining, Jon Siddins looks to have an almost unassailable lead as the margin moves out to beyond six minutes, after another strong performance today.

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Kaplan remains in strong position in Early Modern

27-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

After taking the lead on Day one after the Weldborough stage, New South Welshman Adam Kaplan has shown no signs of relinquishing his position in Duttons Garage Early Modern.

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Morton clears away in GT Sports Trophy

27-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Jeff Morton, in his Lotus Exige, holds a commanding lead after Day four in the Country Club GT Sports Trophy class.

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Marshall still in front in TSD Trophy

26-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

The Ford Falcon Ute pairing of Darryl and Andrew Marshall have maintained their dominance of the TSD Trophy on day three of Targa Tasmania.

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Ullrich dominates Day 3 in Shannons Classic

26-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Peter Ullrich, in his 1963 Jensen CV8, has extended his lead in Shannons Classic, following Day 3 of Targa Tasmania.

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Team Siddins continue to lead in Classic GT

26-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Jon and Gina Siddins continue to dominate Shannons Classic GT, holding an overall lead of just over one and a half minutes from Mick Downey in his Holden Torana.

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Kaplan maintains strong lead in Early Modern

26-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Adam Kaplan in a BMW M3 CSL leads by over a minute in the Duttons Garage Early Modern class after day three of Targa Tasmania.

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White extends lead on day three of Targa Tasmania

26-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Five-time winner Jason White has showed his class on day three of Targa Tasmania, extending his overall lead to 60 seconds in his Dodge Viper ACR Extreme.

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Morton maintains lead in GT Sports Trophy

26-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Jeff Morton continues to dominate the Country Club GT Sports Trophy class, after another strong performance in his Lotus Exige on Day 3 of Targa Tasmania.

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Records galore for Richards and Oliver at Targa Tasmania 2017

24-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Targa Tasmania 2017 will be a special one for eight-time winners Jim Richards and Barry Oliver.

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Marshalls take charge in TSD Trophy

24-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Darryl and Andrew Marshall have driven their 2002 Ford Falcon ute into the lead of the TSD Trophy competition in Targa Tasmania after a dominant opening day.

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White sets the early pace at Targa Tasmania 2017

24-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Multiple champions Jason and John White hold a slender 16 second lead in the overall battle after the opening day of Targa Tasmania that took the field out to St Helens and back to Launceston.

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Siddins on the pace after Day One

24-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Defending Shannons Classic GT champions, Jon and Gina Siddins have made a strong start on the opening day of Targa Tasmania.

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Ullrich leads Shannons Classic after Day One

24-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

After finishing runners-up last year, Peter and Sari Ullrich have begun their 2017 Targa Tasmania campaign impressively, opening up a lead of almost two minutes after the opening day in Shannons Classic.

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Kaplan leads Early Modern after Day 1

24-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Adam Kaplan has opened up a lead of over a minute in the Duttons Garage Early Modern class after day one.

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Drivers quotes - Day 1

24-Apr-2017  Peter Whitten

Our on-stage team have been collecting a few quotes from the drivers at the end of the day.

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Heartbreak for Roe as Bollom takes victory

16-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Alan Roe and Michael Lloyd have suffered the ultimate heartbreak, retiring from Targa Tasmania on the 37th of 38 stages.

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Brilliant victory for Clark in Vintage class

16-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

The popular Shannons Vintage class has been won by Wayne Clark and Trevor Berriman Copeland in their beautiful 1938 Dodge Speedster Special.


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Siddins wins Classic GT

16-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Jon and Gina Siddins have comprehensively won the Shannons Classic GT competition in their 1970 Datsun 240Z.

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Winterbourn too good in Modern

16-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Brendan Winterbourn and Anthony Chudleigh in a Mitsubishi Evo X have won the RDA Brakes Modern competition at Targa Tasmania after a dominant performance.

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Porsche outlasts rivals to win Classic

16-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Leigh Achterberg and Greg Fitzgerald have driven to victory in a Porsche 944 in Shannons Classic, taking a one minute and six second victory.

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Start to finish victory for husband and wife team

16-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Victorians Jeff and Nerida Beable have dominated the Budget GT Sports Trophy class in Targa Tasmania, winning by a margin of six minutes and 22 seconds in their Nissan Skyline GTR.

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Marshall comes from behind to win TSD

16-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

After an intriguing final day in the Budget TSD Trophy competition, Darryl and Andrew Marshall have rocketed from third place to win the category in their Ford Falcon Ute.

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Unstoppable pair surging ahead in GT Sports Trophy

15-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

It seems that only a disaster can stop Jeff and Nerida Beable from claiming the Budget GT Sports Trophy spoils in Targa Tasmania.

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Still anybody's Targa in TSD Trophy

15-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Brian and Justin Marshall have finished the penultimate day of Targa Tasmania with a slender four point lead in the Budget TSD Trophy competition.

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Siddins has victory in sight

15-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Jon and Gina Siddins will take a five minute lead into the final day of Targa Tasmania, after a consolidating day in their 1970 Datsun 240Z.

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Achterberg claims lead on Day 5 in Shannons Classic

15-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Leigh Achterberg, in a Porsche 944 is the new leader in Shannons Classic, and will take a one minute 30 second lead into the final day of Targa Tasmania.


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Roe in control after Day 5

15-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Alan Roe maintains a comfortable lead in the Spirit of Tasmania and Duttons Garage Early Modern class, although Mark Balcombe in a 1995 Mazda RX-7 SP made some inroads into Roe’s lead after an excellent day from Strahan to Hobart.

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Winterbourn increases lead in Modern

15-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

After claiming the lead on the final stage of the day yesterday, Brendon Winterbourn in a Mitsubishi Evo X has stretched the margin to almost four minutes after another strong performance over the six stages on Day 5 of Targa Tasmania.


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Copeland has good run to Hobart

15-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

The popular Shannons Vintage class has seen Wayne Clark and Graham Copeland reach Hobart safely on the penultimate day of Targa Tasmania.


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Matt getting closer to first Targa Tasmania victory

15-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Matt Close and Cameron Reeves are closing in on their first Targa Tasmania victory after their main rivals, Jason and John White, retired from the event with engine failure mid-way through the penultimate day of the event.

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Day 3 TV highlights package

14-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Highlights from Day 3 of Targa Tasmania.

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Dominant performance by Beable in GT Sports Trophy

14-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

With 26 stages of the 2016 edition of Targa Tasmania run and won, Jeff and Nerida Beable hold a commanding five minute and 25 second lead in the Budget GT Sports Trophy competition.

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Close battle in Budget TSD Trophy on Day 4

14-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Gerard Knapp and Roger Campbell lead the Budget TSD Trophy by a solitary point after day four of competition.

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Siddins takes control in Shannons Classic GT

14-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

It’s been another great day for Jon Siddins and his 1970 Datsun 240Z on Day 4 in the Shannons Classic GT class, as he extended his lead over the rest of the field to over five minutes.


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Ullrich holds commanding lead in Shannons Classic

14-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

There has been no change at the top of the leaderboard after Day 4 in the Shannons Classic class at Targa Tasmania.


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Roe clear leader in Early Modern

14-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Alan Roe leads by over four minutes after Day 4 of Targa Tasmania in the Spirit of Tasmania and Duttons Garage Early Modern class.


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Winterbourn new leader in Modern

14-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

There has been another lead change in RDA Brakes Modern, with Brendan Winterbourn in his Mitsubishi Evo X assuming top position after finishing strongly on the closing stages this afternoon.


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Vintage display impresses locals

14-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Graham Copeland and his 1936 Desoto Special have had a solid day in Shannons Vintage class on Day 4 of Targa Tasmania, taking three minutes off Wayne Clark in the 1938 Dodge Speedster Special.


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Beables well clear in GT Sports Trophy

13-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Jeff and Nerida Beable have finished Day 3 of Targa Tasmania with a 3 minute and 59 second lead in the Budget GT Sports Trophy competition.

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Knapp leads enthralling TSD Trophy fight

13-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

At the end of another fine and sunny day in Tasmania, Gerard Knapp and Roger Campbell are the leaders in the TSD Trophy competition.

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Siddins takes over lead in Shannons Classic GT

13-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Jon Siddins is the new leader in Shannons Classic GT, after Matthew Cardinaels went off on stage 17 at Castra.


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Ullrich holds commanding lead in Shannons Classic

13-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Peter Ullrich has increased his lead in Shannons Classic to over one minute, but it was a tough day on the road for the frontrunners during the morning stages.


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Early Modern wide open after Day 3

13-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Andrew Bollom in a Mazda RX-7 holds the lead by just 17 seconds after an exciting Day 3 of Targa Tasmania that saw the field cover 138 competitive kilometres.


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Crowe takes over lead in RDA Brakes Modern

13-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Chris Crowe in a 2004 HSV Coupe is the new leader after a dramatic final stage, which saw leader Roderick Neville hit a rock on the road just four kilometres from the finish of the Riana stage.


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Copeland returns on Day 3

13-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

One of the most popular cars in Targa Tasmania, the 1936 Desoto Special driven by Graham Copeland, re-joined the Shannons Vintage class on Day 3 of Targa Tasmania, after sitting out yesterday’s seven stages due to mechanical issues.


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Cardinaels takes lead in Shannons Classic GT

12-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Matthew Cardinaels, in a 1972 Datsun 240Z, has opened up a 48 second lead after Day 2 of Targa Tasmania in Shannons Classic GT.


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Roe builds big lead in Early Modern

12-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

The 2000 Mitsubishi Evo 6.5 RS driven by Alan Roe has opened up a one minute 8 second lead in the Spirit of Tasmania and Duttons Garage Early Modern class.

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Modern still wide open after Day 2

12-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

The RDA Brakes Modern class is shaping up as an exciting race, with just 40 seconds separating the top three after Day 2.


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Ullrich extends lead in Shannons Classic

12-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Peter Ullrich has maintained his lead in Shannons Classic, extending the margin to 49 seconds over Andrew White in a Volvo 122S.


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Copeland set for Day 3 return in Vintage

12-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

Queensland’s Graham Copeland, driving a 1936 Desoto Special, will re-join the Shannons Vintage class on Day 3 of Targa Tasmania, after sitting out today’s seven stages due to mechanical issues.


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Gluyas’ hold slender TSD Trophy lead

12-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

The experienced pairing of Alan and Heather Gluyas have moved into the lead in the Budget TSD Trophy after a good day in their Toyota 86.


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Beables in full control in GT Sports

12-Apr-2016  Peter Whitten

The husband and wife pairing of Jeff and Nerida Beable have totally dominated day two of Targa Tasmania and have established a comfortable one minute and 55 second advantage of their nearest rivals.


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Dean teams with Gelsomino for Targa Tasmania

09-Mar-2016  Peter Whitten

The Mustang Motorsport Shelby GT driven by Craig Dean is teaming up with professional co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, for this year’s 25th running of Targa Tasmania.

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Targa High Country gets new five-year deal through to 2022

04-Mar-2016  Peter Whitten

Mainland Australia’s biggest motorsport rally, Targa High Country, has secured a new five-year deal with the Mansfield Shire and Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management that will ensure its future through until 2022. 

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Quinn to debut Lamborghini Huracan at Targa Tasmania

02-Mar-2016  Peter Whitten

Tony Quinn’s decision on which car to choose for the 25th Anniversary Targa Tasmania, to be held from April 11 to 16, was a long and hard one.

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Gluyas’ make it two wins in a row

08-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Maintaining a pre-determined average speed over tight and twisty tarmac roads is an incredibly difficult thing to achieve, but Alan and Heather Gluyas have proved to be masters of it in recent Targa events.

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Trevarthen wins first event in Sports Trophy

08-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Daniel Trevarthen and co-driver Chris Ward have taken out the 2015 Targa High Country Sports Trophy title.

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Brookes too strong in Thoroughbred Trophy at THC

08-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Keith and Karl Brooke have comfortably taken out the Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy title in their 1980 Porsche 911.

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Shannon's Classic Handicap wrap

08-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Matthew Cardinaels is the 2015 Shannons Late Classic winner at Targa High Country after holding off a fast finishing Pete Nunn on the final day of a thrilling climax in the handicap competiton.

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Liddle celebrates 4WD Showroom victory

08-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Western Australian driver, Stewart Liddle, has taken a dominant victory in the Mansfield Shire 4WD Showroom competition after a great drive in his 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS.

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Toby Gill takes thrilling Modern win

08-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Only three seconds separated Toby Gill and Nathan Reeves after the first day of competition, but after that Gill, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer, extended that advantage bit by bit.

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Roe sets cracking pace in winning Early Modern

08-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Alan Roe was never really challenged on his way to victory in the Early Modern competition. He lead by over a minute after day one, then extended his throughout.

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Matt Close wins Targa High Country

08-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Victorian driver, Matt Close, has taken the prized Showroom class title at Targa High Country after a brilliant drive in his 2015 Porsche GT3.

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Bridge consolidates TSD Trophy advantage

07-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Jordan and Debbie Bridge have continued their domination of the TSD Trophy class and have their Subaru WRX 4 points clear after two days.

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Gill moves clear in Modern competition

07-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Toby Gill has driven his Mitsubishi Lancer hard to skip ahead of the Subaru WRX of Nathan Reeves, 26 seconds in arrears in the Modern competition. 

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Consistent Roe will be hard to catch

07-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Alan Roe and Steve Glenney have continued to be the ones to catch in Early Modern, with a 1m18s lead after day two.

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Stewart's lead is no Liddle advantage

07-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

The top five positions in the 4WD Showroom class remained unchanged throughout the day, with Liddle’s Mitsubishi keeping its advantage over Angus Kennard’s Nissan and Ralph Norton’s Subaru.

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Untroubled waters for Bridges in TSD Trophy

06-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Jordan and Debbie Bridge have had a fantastic first day of Targa High Country, driving their Subaru WRX STI to a lead of 5 points in the TSD Trophy.

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Brooke on top in Thoroughbred Trophy

06-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

In Thoroughbred, Keith Brooke in his 1980 Porsche 911 leads Brett Dillon by two minutes and 32 seconds after Day 1.

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Roe takes handy lead in Early Modern

06-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Alan Roe and Steve Glenney are over a minute clear of their rivals in Early Modern, and substantial advantage after the first day’s action.

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Classic update after Day 1

06-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Late Classic is shaping as being a thrilling contest with Matthew Cardinaels and Peter Nunn having a sensational battle out the front of the field, which saw the lead change throughout the opening day of competition.

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McLaren storms to Targa High Country lead

06-Nov-2015  Peter Whitten

Regular sparring partners, Tony Quinn and Matt Close, have endured an intense battle on the opening day of Targa High Country, the three-day tarmac rally based on Mt Buller.

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Winners celebrate at end of epic Targa

03-May-2015  Peter Whitten

After six days and nearly 500 competitive kilometres, Lamborghini driver Jason White has secured his fifth Targa Tasmania title in the Modern competition after a thrilling last day battle south of Hobart with arch-rival Steve Glenney.

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Lauckes take big Thoroughbred Trophy win

02-May-2015  Peter Whitten

It was only a small field, but the Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy was just as hard fought as any class in Targa Tasmania.


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Flag to flag victory for Beable

02-May-2015  Peter Whitten

Jeff and Nerida Beable have taken a flag to flag victory in the Budget Sports Trophy competition at Targa Tasmania, totally dominating the event.

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Achterberg wins Late Classic Handicap

02-May-2015  Peter Whitten

Queenslanders Leigh Achterberg and Greg Fitzgerald and driven their 1982 Porsche 944 to a convincing win in Targa Tasmania’s Shannons Late Classic Handicap section.

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Early Modern title goes to Howarths

02-May-2015  Peter Whitten

Tim Hendy and Julie Winton-Monet had the Spirit of Tasmania Early Modern competition within their grasp for most of this year’s Targa Tasmania.

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Kennard gives Subaru 4WD Showroom win

02-May-2015  Peter Whitten

Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler have won the Country Club 4WD Showroom competition at Targa Tasmania, after their Subaru Impreza WRX STi led from mid-way through day four.

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Impressive effort by Clark in Vintage

02-May-2015  Peter Whitten

Wayne Clark may have been the only competitor in the Vintage competition, but it doesn’t make the performance of he and Trevor Berriman any less impressive.

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Targa Tasmania Day 5 round up

01-May-2015  Peter Whitten

At the end of day five, we chatted to some of Targa Tasmania's leading competitors to see how their day went. 

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Targa leaders show their class on Day 5

01-May-2015  Peter Whitten

Targa Tasmania’s long and arduous fifth day, from Strahan to Hobart, saw a continuation of the dominance of the leaders in Modern, Showroom and Classic Outright, with Jason White, Tony Quinn and Craig Haysman holding their challengers at bay.

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