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Showroom – Jim scores another trophy

In Showroom class, Day 2 ended with the margin between Neill Ford and Jim Richards at 10 seconds, but within 600 metres of the start line on Day 3 everything had changed – Ford had a moment, lost 46 seconds on the stage and suddenly Richards had clean air out in front.

The Porsche veteran took another eight seconds off Ford on TS16 and was suddenly out to a 44 second lead.

Richards and Ford completed the long Big River stage in the same time.

Ford was back on the job on TS18, taking two seconds from his rival, but found himself 42 seconds behind the master at lunch on day three.

Tristan Stirling-Cameron remained in third place, three minutes from the leader, but another three minutes clear of the fourth placed James Hallet.

Ford remained determined, taking nine seconds from Richards on the first stage after lunch, the 10.42 Skyline stage. Then again on TS20, it was another 10 seconds made up and with two stages to go the margin was back to 23 seconds.

More time was taken off Richards on TS21, Mt Terrible, leaving Ford 14 seconds behind with just Mt Buller to go.

The ask was too big, and Richards won by 11 seconds, putting another Targa trophy into a packed trophy cabinet.

Targa Tasmania 2019 Spectator Guide

With more than 33 competitive stages covering an overall total distance of 2000km, there are a veritable endless choice of spectator vantage points at Targa Tasmania from April 29 to May 4.

As the time-honoured tarmac rally sweeps the length and breadth of the state, we have compiled an exhaustive Spectator’s Guide that covers everything you need to know to help you safely enjoy the event.


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Reeves buoyed by Hyundai factory Targa debut

Accomplished gravel rally driver Brendan Reeves is excited about returning to Targa Tasmania to spearhead Hyundai’s maiden Australian factory motorsport effort.

As announced last month, Reeves will take the wheel of a production-based i30 N hatch with sister Rhianon Gelsomino calling the pace notes.


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Porsche gun eyes Targa redemption

Matt Close is primed to resume his arm wrestle with one of the most successful tarmac racers in Australia at Targa Tasmania from April 29-May 4.

While under no illusion of the gravity of stopping the all-conquering Dodge Viper of Jason and John White, Close is looking forward to another challenge.


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Bray primed for Shannons Classic GT fireworks

Defending CAMS Australian Targa Classic outright champ Michael Bray is ready to return to winning form at Targa Tasmania from April 29-May 4.

Bray suffered a rare reliability issue in his 1975 Holden Torana in the dying kilometres of Targa High Country last November.
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