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Modern - Muscle and Early - Day 5 wrap

Liam and Larry Howarth are celebrating finishing on top of the podium by claiming a decisive win in the RDA Brakes Early Modern category.

Tactically, the pair raced conservatively on the final day to protect the lead they secured on day four when they surged from fifth into first.
Liam and Larry Howarth are celebrating finishing on top of the podium by claiming a decisive win in the RDA Brakes Early Modern category.

Tactically, the pair raced conservatively on the final day to protect the lead they secured on day four when they surged from fifth into first.

“We’re ecstatic.

“It’s been a five-year process to get the car to here, slowly evolving it and working together as a team.
“It’s a dream and I never thought I’d be up there on the top step of the podium,” Liam said.

The win is the crews’ best result in any Targa.

“We got third a couple of years ago in Targa High Country and we never thought we would be up on the podium again, so it’s now our best result ever.

 “We’ve been lucky in some cases with cars coming off, but since we hit the lead we were able to increase it slowly and surely.”

Last year’s Early Modern winner Ben Manion can only reflect on what could have been. The day 1, 2 and 3 leader struck mechanical problems on the penultimate day and relinquished his lead, but came back on the final day to claim several stage wins and remind fellow competitors he’s still a force to be reckoned with in future events.

The all-powerful Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 of Craig Dean has conquered the Modern Muscle competition in Targa Tasmania.

Dean and co-driver Jenny Cole led all the way from Launceston to Hobart, across five days of gruelling competition.

“We’ve had to take it easy in the wetter stages because we’ve got too much horsepower.

“The Queenstown stage was diabolical and Mount Arrowsmith was patchy,” Dean said.

Dean went into the final day of competition with a five-minute advantage up his sleeve.

“It’s good to have a buffer at the start of the last day, but you still have to drive relatively hard and stay awake.

“You can have just as much fun without the pressure.

“The whole event’s been a ball for us and the Mustang hasn’t missed a beat.”


RDA Brakes Early Modern
1. Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
2. Stephen Thatcher/Kelly Handley, 1994 Nissan ATTKD Select R SP, +3min 27s
3. Richard Perini/Chris Perini, 2000 Porsche 911 GT3, +3min 36s
4. Melinda Bergmann/Matthew Van Tuinen, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI TME, +3min 37
5. Paul Henry/Kathy Henry, 1993 Porsche 968 CS, +4min 7s

RDA Brakes Modern Muscle
1. Craig Dean/Jenny Cole, 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2. Neill Ford /Colin Maher, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, +9min 14s
3. Daniel Ford/Nathalie Ford, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, +41min 27s
4. Andrew Clingeleffer/David Rust, 2013 Daytona Coupe, +1h 37m 13s

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CarAdvice was invited to the Porsche Targa High Country Tour this year to drive the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS around Mount Buller, Mansfield, and Eildon over three days.


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