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Achterberg wins Late Classic Handicap

Queenslanders Leigh Achterberg and Greg Fitzgerald and driven their 1982 Porsche 944 to a convincing win in Targa Tasmania’s Shannons Late Classic Handicap section.

Queenslanders Leigh Achterberg and Greg Fitzgerald and driven their 1982 Porsche 944 to a convincing win in Targa Tasmania’s Shannons Late Classic Handicap section.

The pair took the lead on day three when early leader Pete Nunn (Porsche 944 Turbo) retired with a blown engine.

From then on, Achterberg was able to increase the margin each, heading into day six with a lead of three minutes and 29 seconds.

Another stellar drive on the final morning secured his victory.

“This is our second win in Late Classic. We won it in 2013 and were leading it quite substantially last year when we ran off the road,” Achterberg said.

“This year we’ve finished seventh in outright classic as well, so we’re pretty happy with that.

“It’s a bit of a relief to finish after not getting to the end last year, because you’ve always got it in the back of your mind how quickly and easily it can happen, so we backed it off a little bit this year.

“Our stage times were still good, but we were a little more cautious this year than normal. The car’s been ultra reliable as well.”

The handicap system gives cars of all age and capacity an equal chance.

In second place was last year’s Classic Outright winners, Barry Faux and Therezia Mihajlovic in a 1985 Mazda RX7. It was another successful event for the ACT pairing.

South Australian Craig Haysman and his Tasmanian co-driver, Mary Hughes, were third in their 1981 Triumph TR7 V8, having also clinched the Classic Outright title this year.

The ACT’s Bruce Power and Ray Baker came in fourth in a Mazda RX7, ahead of the Porsche 911 of Greg Cook and David Cooper in fifth.

Provisional results, Shannons Late Classic Handicap:

Shannons Late Classic Handicap
1. Leigh Achterberg/ Greg Fitzgerald, 1982 Porsche 944
2. Barry Faux / Therezia Mihajlovic, 1985 Mazda RX7, +3m07s
3. Craig Haysman / Mary Hughes, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8, +7m44s

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