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Tasmanians thrive in hot conditions

Two Tasmanians have dominated the second day of competition at Targa High Country, thriving in the sweltering conditions as the field tackled 73 competitive kilometres on day two of Targa High Country.
Jason Whitburn and Bernie Webb hold the Early Modern lead at the end of the second day
In the battle for Modern honours, Eddie Maguire continued where he left off on the opening day, building a handy buffer of 29 seconds over the Nissan Skyline of Tim Hendy on the road from Mt Buller to Victoria’s King Valley and back.

Another Tasmanian, Launceston’s Peter Nunn, grabbed control of the Classic car battle in his 1985 Porsche 944, extending his lead out to a very handy 53 seconds over second placed South Australian, Craig Haysman, in a 1981 Triumph TR7 V8.

“Things went fairly well today, although I think the roads suited Tim’s (Hendy) car a bit better, but tomorrow should suit us more so we’ll just plug away and keep going,” Maguire said.

“We’ve had a few little glitches, but I think that’s just because of the serious temperatures we’ve had today.

“I really think that tomorrow will be our day, and with Pete Nunn doing so well in the classics, it’s been a great event for the Tassie boys.”

It’s certainly been a dominant drive from Nunn, who is eyeing off his first Classic Targa title.

“We’ve had a good consistent day with good times in every stage, and everything’s going well.

“We’ve been pushing reasonably hard but taking no risks.

“We’ve gone to a turbocharged engine for this event, which has put us back into the classic competition instead of early modern, so it’s got a bit more power and torque which makes it a little easier to drive.

“Tomorrow will be a bit harder on tyres because it’s tight and twisty, but we’re confident we can hold onto our lead.”

Second-placed Haysman has not given up. Diff troubles all weekend have slowed him, and the feisty South Australian believes if they can fix the problem overnight victory can still be his.

Showroom 4WD was an intriguing tussle with Stuart Liddle’s Evo tied with the WRX of Angus Kennard after two-days and 153 kilometres of competition.

In Showroom action, just 10 seconds separate the top teams. Bathurst legend Jim Richards, behind the wheel of a new Porsche Cayman S, lost his over night lead to Neill Ford’s Chevrolet Corvette, but with a further 126 kilometres on the final day remaining, both know that they’ll have to push hard if they want to take victory.

In Early Modern, Jason Whitburn and Bernie Webb finished the day with a 29 second lead in their 1999 Mitsubishi Evo, but across the second day Ben Calder and David Rowe, in their 2000 Evo, Lancer have shown they are fighters who will continue the battle to the very end at Mt Buller on Sunday.

Ben Newman has established a big lead in Sports Trohpy, Keith Brooke heads Thoroughbred trophy and Alan Gluyas leads the highly competitive TSD class.

In the handicap battles, Peter Ullrich has a four minute 42 second lead in Early Classic, while Peter Nunn not only leads Classic Outright, but the Late Classic as well.

Targa High Country concludes on Sunday afternoon, after a final eight stages and another 126 kilometres of tough terrain to negotiate on the road out to Jamieson and back to Mt Buller for the champagne finish.

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