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Flag to flag victory for Beable

Jeff and Nerida Beable have taken a flag to flag victory in the Budget Sports Trophy competition at Targa Tasmania, totally dominating the event.

Jeff and Nerida Beable have taken a flag to flag victory in the Budget Sports Trophy competition at Targa Tasmania, totally dominating the event.

Driving a 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R N1, this was Beable’s 22nd Targa Tasmania, but his first in the category that restricts cars to a maximum speed of 130km/h.

The Victorians took the lead on the first day, and gradually increased that over the event’s six legs, eventually finishing four minutes and 41 seconds in front of Martin Farkas and Dennis Neagle in a 2001 BMW M3.

“It’s a new type of competition for us this year and I was very surprised at how much of a challenge it proved to be,” Beable said.

“Every victory is a good one – we had to drive harder in the corners because being speed-limited to 130 km/hr on the straights.

“I think this category has a huge future for people who are looking for a bit more safety and still having the same driving experience as the open field.”

Allan and Kerry Hines in a 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo S held second place for much of the event, but retired from the event when they crashed on the long Mt Arrowsmith stage on day five.

This enabled Farkas to consolidate second place, ahead of Adrian Smith and Alanah Miles in a 2015 VW Golf R.

Fourth place went to the Dickens/Dickens Porsche, followed by the Lotus Exige S of Duursma and Wodhams.

Provisional results, Budget Sports Trophy:

Budget Sports Trophy
1. Jeff Beable / Nerida Beable, 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R N1
2. Martin Farkas / Dennis Neagle, 2001 BMW M3, +4m41s
3. Adrian Smith / Alanah Miles, 2015 VW Golf R, +9m37s

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