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Roe sets cracking pace in winning Early Modern

Alan Roe was never really challenged on his way to victory in the Early Modern competition. He lead by over a minute after day one, then extended his throughout.

Alan Roe was never really challenged on his way to victory in the Early Modern competition. He lead by over a minute after day one, then extended his throughout.

With the experienced Steve Glenney in the co-driver’s seat and no doubt giving driving advice as well, Roe drove his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5 brilliantly.

“I’m pretty excited. It was unexpected, and we would have been happy with a top 10 finish,” Roe said.

“We had a ball driving on these roads, and the car was pretty faultless. We would highly recommend anyone who wants to drive these roads fast to come up here to Targa High Country.”

Incredibly, Roe’s overall time for the event was nine seconds faster than the Showroom winner, Matt Close, in a brand new Porsche that is 15 years newer.

While Roe did his thing at the top of the order, Liam Howarth and Mark Balcombe had a ding-dong battle for second place.

Howarth had his Nissan Skyline GTR in front after day two, but the Mazda RX7 of Balcombe bounced back on the final day, setting a cracking pace.

In the end, Balcombe held his nerve and took second place by 35 seconds.

Fourth place went to Tristan Catford in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, while the top five was rounded out be regular Targa competitor Tim Hendy in his Nissan Skyline GTR.

DUTTONS GARAGE EARLY MODERN

  1. Alan Roe / Steve Glenney, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5
  2. Mark Balcombe / Brian Foster 1995 Mazda RX7 SP, +2m22s
  3. Liam Howarth / Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR, +2m57s

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