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Early modern/Modern Muscle – Leg 4 wrap

Category favourite Ben Manion relinquished his lead in the RDA brakes Early Modern category after suffering mechanical problems early on day four.
Craig Dean
Manion in a 1990 Nissan Skyline GTS-t had dominated the category for the entire event, but alternator issues stopped him short on TS26.

In contrast, it was a pearler of a day for Liam Howarth who managed to catapult his Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec from fifth into first.

“We started today on a fresh set of tyres, as we weren’t real confident when it started to rain last night.

“We decided to step things up a notch and try and get back some time,” he said.

“We were fairly lucky, other cars had some problems and we picked up a heap in the early stages today, but now we have to defend our gap all the way to Hobart.”

The Howarth team of Liam and Larry head into the final day with a two and half minute buffer over Richard and Chris Perini in their Porsche 911 GT3.

In the RDA Brakes Modern Muscle, it was another day of smooth sailing for the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 of Craig Dean and Jenny Cole. They’re now five minutes 18 seconds ahead of Neill Ford’s Chevrolet Corvette.

Dean put new tyres on last night to ensure maximum grip in the wet, but he did find the powerful Mustang a challenge in today’s treacherous conditions.

“It’s been a job to handle the horsepower today and it’s been a continual battle to stop it going sideways.

“It’s impossible to get all my power to the ground, so I’ve been gingerly dealing with whatever grip level I’ve got,” he said.

Dean just needs to continue what he’s been doing and he’s assured of victory in the capital tomorrow. 

RDA Brakes Early Modern
1. Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
2. Richard Perini/Chris Perini, 2000 Porsche 911 GT3, +2min 30s
3. Melinda Bergmann/Matthew Van Tuinen, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI TME, +4min 2s
4. Paul Henry/Kathy Henry, 1993 Porsche 968 CS, +4min 34s
5. Charles Nott, Nicole O’Neill, 1998 TVR Chimaera, +11min 9s

RDA Brakes Modern Muscle
1. Craig Dean/Jenny Cole, 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2. Neill Ford /Colin Maher, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, +5min 18s
3. Daniel Ford/Nathalie Ford, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, +17min 6s

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