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Early Modern title goes to Howarths

Tim Hendy and Julie Winton-Monet had the Spirit of Tasmania Early Modern competition within their grasp for most of this year’s Targa Tasmania.

Tim Hendy and Julie Winton-Monet had the Spirit of Tasmania Early Modern competition within their grasp for most of this year’s Targa Tasmania.

Driving their 2003 Nissan Skyline GT-R Z-Tune, they had gradually built up their lead at the end of each day. By the time they left Strahan on Friday morning their advantage was over three minutes.

However, nothing in motorsport is ever that easy. On the Tarraleah stage they rolled a front tyre off the rim, had to drive slowly out of the stage, and when they arrived in Hobart they were in second place, 48 seconds behind Liam and Larry Howarth in a 1995 Nissan Skyling.

The Howarths had been second throughout most of the event, but found themselves within striking distance of victory.

The final day was battled hard, but the Howarths were able to maintain their lead, with the Hendy/Winton-Monet combination only managing to claw back two seconds over the final four stages.

“Back to back wins is an amazing result for us in the Early Modern category and we also finished sixth outright, which is an awesome result for a 20 year-old car,” Howarth said.

“The Early Modern category changed a bit this year and there were new cars entered into the event, so to be competitive we did a lot more development on the car than we did last year, so we were more prepared.

“We still had a couple of issues in the early days of the event, but everything came good in the end.”

Third place went to Daniel and Nathalie Ford in a 2002 Subaru WRX STi after a consistent drive, followed by Stephen Thatcher and Kelly Handley (1994 Nissan) in fourth, and Targa Tasmania debutante and Targa Hellyer Gorge Rookie Rallye winner, Stephen Maguire (1998 Mitsubishi Lancer) in fifth.

Provisional results, Spirit of Tasmania Early Modern:

Spirit of Tasmania Early Modern
1. Liam Howarth / Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R V Spec
2. Tim Hendy / Julie Winton-Monet, 2003 Nissan Skyline GT-R Z-Tune, +46s
3. Daniel Ford / Nathalie Ford, 2002 Subaru WRX STi, +5m48s

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