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Classics – day 5 wrap

Barry Faux and Therezia Mihajilovic have snared victory in the Shannons Late Classic handicap after a vigorous final day’s race to Hobart.

Racing in a 1985 RX-7, Faux built on his overnight lead to convincingly beat Steve McClintock also in an RX-7.
It was a great result for Faux who came ninth in the same event last year.

“We never dreamed of winning – we only ever dreamed of doing our best.

“But winning classic outright and handicap in the same event is beyond what we expected,” Faux said.
Faux shot into the Late Classics lead on day four when Leigh Achterberg crashed his Porsche 944 near the end of the Riana stage, and Faux was then able to maintain his lead to the finish line. 

Honours in the Shannons Early Classic Handicap changed hands on the final day after 2013 champions Peter and Sari Ullrich crashed their 1963 Jensen CV8 on the third stage of the day, Mt Arrowsmith.

With the category favourites out, Andrew White and Ashley Yelds in a 1961 Volvo 122S held on to claim a comfortable win and deny the Ullrich’s a back-to-back Targa Tasmania early classics title.

White finished second to the Ullrichs last year.

”It’s a good feeling to finally win our class.

“We’ve been trying for a number of years and we’ve had two thirds and two seconds before.

“It’s great to finally make it to first – when you finish second a few times it makes you hungrier for the win,” White said.

White and Yelds were one of only a few competitors happy to see the rain on day four!

“We’re always waiting for rain and this year we got enough rain.

“It let us move up past the more powerful cars.”

Shannons Classic Florio handicap winner and first-time competitor Glenn Rees couldn’t have wished for a better way to celebrate his upcoming 40th birthday than with a category win in Targa Tasmania.

The determined team of Rees and co-driver Richard Bullard put in a sterling performance on the last day of competition to expand their lead over the field and claim victory in the Classic Florio.

“I’m absolutely stoked. It’s been a wonderful event,” Rees said.

Rees has never competed in Targa before.

“This is huge for me.

“We had a little bit of stress at the beginning with a few niggly problems before the event when I should have been doing recce, but I’ve been learning my way through the event.

“I’ve got new respect for the guys up the pointy end – it’s incredible out there,” he said.

Drew and Ella Kent dominated the category in the first two days, but the father/daughter pair crashed on day three on TS18 Cethana, handing Rees the lead heading into the rest day on day four. The Kents’ gallantly re-joined the event on the final day, but were too far out of contention.

The rest day only reinvigorated Rees in his 1985 Porsche 944 as he drew away from second placed Wayne and Diane Gerlach.

The 2014 official flag car has shown age is no barrier, with Graham Copeland’s Ford 1934 Indy Car Special making it to the finish line and claiming the Shannons Vintage Rallye Targa Tasmania title.

While the title never looked in doubt for Copeland and co-driver Josh Herbert, they reckon they pushed the “old girl” to the limit on the final day.

“It was pouring rain through Mount Arrowsmith and we couldn’t see and we’ve had problems with the spider gears on one side of the diff, so I couldn’t nail it in the corners,” Graham said.

“We could nail it on the straights, but we can’t carry any corner speed when it’s slippery and we’ve broken a rear shock absorber mount as well.

“Thank goodness we had the day off yesterday (Saturday). It’s been a trial of tribulations and she’s worn out.”
Copeland came in first over fellow vintage entrant Wayne Clark/Trevor Berriman in their 1938 Dodge Speedster Special. 

Shannons Late Classic Handicap
1. Barry Faux/Therezia Mihajilovic, 1985 Mazda RX-7
2. Steve McClintock/Jann Skinner, 1985 Mazda RX-7, +6min 2s
3. Mark Hammond/Gordon Lennox, 1980 Jaguar XJS, +12min 30s
4. Stewart McAuley/Philippe Etienne, 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera, +16min 21
5. David Gilliver/Nigel Shellshear, 1979 Ferrari 308GTB, +16min 42s

Shannons Early Classics handicap
1. Andrew White/Ashley Yelds, 1961 Volvo 122S
2. Paul Freestone/Christine Freestone, 1948 Holden 215, +5min 8s
3. Ross Steuart/Jill Steuart, 1962 Ford Anglia 105e, +5min 17s
4. Richard Woodward/Neil Gibson, 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, +8min 38s
5. Ted Banks/Bruce Douglas, 1971 Porsche 916, +17min 23s

Shannons Classic Florio handicap
1. Glenn Rees/Richard Bullard, 1985 Porsche 944
2. Wayne Gerlach/Dianne Gerlach, 1974 Porsche 911, +11min 28s
3. Mac Russell/Marjorie Russell, 1976 Morgan Plus 8, +13min 29s
4. Drew Kent/Ella Kent, 1971 Ford Falcon GT, +14min 56s
5. Philip Blake/John Blake, 1964 Fiat-Abarth OT 1600, +1hr 24min 23s

Shannons Vintage Rallye
1. Graham Copeland/Josh Herbert, 1934 Ford Indy Car Special
2. Wayne Clark/Trevor Berriman, 1938 Dodge Speedster Special, +2min 56s

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