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Shannon's Classic Handicap wrap

Matthew Cardinaels is the 2015 Shannons Late Classic winner at Targa High Country after holding off a fast finishing Pete Nunn on the final day of a thrilling climax in the handicap competiton.

Late Classic Handicap

Matthew Cardinaels is the 2015 Shannons Late Classic winner at Targa High Country after holding off a fast finishing Pete Nunn (pictured) on the final day of a thrilling climax in the handicap competiton.

On the opening run off Mt Buller this morning, the 1972 Datusn 240Z driver extended his lead to 26 seconds, but a great run on the Jamieson stage by Nunn ensured a nervous run home for Cardinaels.

In the end he held on, but finished just four seconds clear of Nunn, who was, however, quick enough to Classic Outright winner.

“It was a very nervous finish but we’ve had a good weekend,” Cardinaels said.

“We knew we couldn’t win Outright so we just wanted to be sensible and its fantastic to take out the Late Classic title over Pete Nunn."

Adam and David Kaplan in the 1985 Mazda RX-7 were also in the hunt, eventually finishing 49 seconds further back in third.

SHANNONS LATE CLASSIC HANDICAP

  1. Matthew Cardinaels / Jason Page, 1972 Datsun 240Z
  2. Pete Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 1985 Porsche 944 Turbo, +4s
  3. Adam Kaplan / David Kaplan, 1985 Mazda RX7, +53s

Early Classic

It was a dramatic final day in Shannons Early Classic with overnight leaders Jon and Gina Siddins in a 1970 Datsun 240Z suffering a suspected broken gearbox ten kilometres into the Jamieson 14th stage.

The 40.18km stage certainly took its toll, with the second placed Jack Waldron and co-driver Vin Gregory in their magnificent 1955 Fiat also coming to grief, finishing the podium dreams of both cars.

With Siddins and Waldron on the sidelines, Roger Lomman and his co-driver Annie Bainbridge in a Datsun 240Z moved into the lead. While the renewd competition was hot given the sudden departure of both Siddins and Waldren, they were able to bring it home and finish 24 seconds clear of Colin Byrne and Michael Partridge in their Alfa Romeo.

"It’s been a fantastic day,” Lomman said. “We pushed hard as we knew it was close.”

“Jon Siddins had it shot to pieces so we are disappointed for them and look forward to sharing a drink with them tonight.”

Richard Woodward and Andrew Marshall, driving a Holden Monaro GTS, had made it up to third. But on the penultimate stage local hopes, Brian and Linda Dermott, Holden Torana GTR XU-1, moved ahead, after Woodward and Marshall lost over 15 minutes on the long 40 kilometre stage.

To the pleasure of many, the Dermotts were on the podium in the sixth running of an event they did so much to get off the ground.

SHANNONS EARLY CLASSIC HANDICAP

  1. Roger Lomman / Annie Bainbridge, 1970 Datsun 240Z
  2. Colin Byrne / Michael Partridge, 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, +30s
  3. Brian Dermott / Linda Dermott, 1971 Holden Torana XU-1, +5m10s

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