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Dean teams with Gelsomino for Targa Tasmania

The Mustang Motorsport Shelby GT driven by Craig Dean is teaming up with professional co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, for this year’s 25th running of Targa Tasmania.

The Mustang Motorsport Shelby GT driven by Craig Dean is teaming up with professional co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, for this year’s 25th running of Targa Tasmania.

Dean, who is no stranger to tarmac rallies in high performance V8 two-wheel drive Mustangs, will be a contender for the outright placings in the GT2 competition.

Gelsomino is the regular World Rally Championship co-driver for global superstar, Ken Block, and has just contested the first round of the MSA British Rally Championship with Gus Greensmith.
 
"I'm really looking forward to come back to Targa Tasmania and to work with Mustang Motorsport and Craig Dean,” Gelsomino said. 

“Craig and I had a great battle last year when I was co-driving for a different team and driver, and we also competed against each other at another tarmac event last December, with Craig winning outright.

“I was impressed both times by his driving, the level of car preparation and his knowledge of the event. 

“The 2015 Mustang Shelby GT, with its 650 plus horsepower, will be the most powerful rally car I've ever competed in, and combined with the fast and smooth Targa stages, should be a great combination of performance and fun."
 
Dean’s regular co-driver, Emma Quigley, is unavailable for this year’s Targa Tasmania. 
 
“Unfortunately, Emma was forced to give up the navigator’s seat for this year’s Targa Tasmania due to work commitments, so I had to throw out the navigator search for an experienced partner to ensure a competitive effort for this year’s important event,” Dean said.

“Alex is a confident and professional navigator and I am sure that together we can produce a very good result in the new GT2 competition at the 25th Anniversary Targa Tasmania event in April.

“The Shelby has been well developed now and is a fast tarmac rally car. In the four rally competitions it has two wins and third outright in the 2WD Showroom class at Targa High Country 2015.

“In the last event we were coming second outright, only to have a $30 sensor leak oil, forcing us to miss one stage and inheriting a 20 minute penalty, which was disappointing. 

“There is some fierce competition this year and I look forward to the challenge. Look out Tassie, here we come!” Dean added.

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