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Classics wrap - Leg 4

Late Classics leader Leigh Achterberg has crashed out on day four with the title expected to come down to the wire on the final day given just four seconds separates the new top two contenders.
Barry Faux

Achterberg and co-driver Greg Fitzgerald were almost eight minutes ahead and looking for a smooth ride to Hobart, when they hit trouble about a kilometre from the end of TS29 Riana.

“The corner was slippery; others had gone off. We didn’t go into it that fast but the road surface must have been different and we had no grip,” Achterberg said.

Achterberg said prior to the Riana stage, the 1982 Porsche 944 had experienced a good day in the wet.
“The rain had been our friend. We were going well and I wasn’t going to push it hard, just take it conservatively,“ he said.

Achterberg started the day 14 seconds ahead of the 1985 Mazda RX-7 of Barry Faux and had taken out all four stages prior to crashing out.

It allowed Steve McClintock in a 1985 Mazda RX-7 to snatch the lead over Faux. It was a tough morning for Faux who’d dropped almost six minutes by TS27 Murchison, but a stronger performance in the later stages saw him overtake McClintock.

“We’d had a poor performance inside the car, but we’d stayed out of danger and we’re looking for a better day tomorrow,” Faux said.

Faux heads into the final day four seconds ahead of McClintock.

In the Early Classics, Peter Ullrich leads by six minutes 11 seconds from the Volvo 122S of Andrew White, who enjoys a further three minute 7 second advantage over Paul Freestone.

Ross Steuart in a 1962 Ford Anglia 105e sits in third, having had a strong day in the wet. He’s hoping for the same conditions tomorrow.

“There’s been lots of carnage today, so it tends to slow you down a bit.

“Our car is great in the wet, with its skinny little tyres and no power,” he said. 

Day four was a rest day for competitors in the Shannons Classic Florio and the Shannons Vintage Rallye categories. 

In Florio, the 1985 Porshe 944 of Glenn Rees heads into the final day more than seven minutes ahead of the beautiful 1976 Morgan Plus 8 of Mac and Marjorie Russell, and the oldest car in the event, the 1934 Indy Car Special of Graham Copeland, leads the Vintage Rallye competition prior to tomorrow’s wrap up.

Shannons Late Classic Handicap
1. Barry Faux/Therezia Mihajilovic, 1985 Mazda RX-7
2. Steve McClintock/Jann Skinner, 1985 Mazda RX-7, +4s
3. Mark Hammond/Gordon Lennox, 1980 Jaguar XJS, +4min 2s
4. Stewart McAuley/Philippe Etienne, 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, +4min 57s
5. Craig Haysman/Neil Branum, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8 +6min 38s

Shannons Early Classics handicap
1. Peter Ullrich/Sari Ullrich, 1963 Jensen CV8
2. Andrew White/Ashley Yelds, 1961 Volvo 122S, +6 mins 11s
3. Paul Freestone/Christine Freestone, 1948 Holden 215, +8min 18s
4. Ross Steuart/Jill Steuart, 1962 Ford Anglia 105e, +12min 03s
5. Richard Woodward/Neil Gibson, 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, +12min 59s

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