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Unstoppable pair surging ahead in GT Sports Trophy

It seems that only a disaster can stop Jeff and Nerida Beable from claiming the Budget GT Sports Trophy spoils in Targa Tasmania.

It seems that only a disaster can stop Jeff and Nerida Beable from claiming the Budget GT Sports Trophy spoils in Targa Tasmania.

The husband and wife pairing have driven their Nissan Skyline GTR to a lead of five minutes and 25 seconds after the fifth day of the event.

The Beables have dominated since day one, and victory for second placed Jordan and Debbie Bridge in a Subaru WRX STI now seems out of reach.

“We had some overheating issues this morning. The engine had pumped all the water out, and everything was in the red,” Beable said.

“We’ve done a head gasket and we’ve had to put heaps of water and gunk in it, which seems to have fixed it for now.

“We have a good buffer, which is handy because we might have to use it up tomorrow.”

Third place is held down by the Duursma / Wodhams Lotus Exige S V6, a further 37 seconds in arrears.

Adam Gosling is a minute and a half further back in fourth in his BMW, with Rob Oshlack’s Ford Focus fifth.

The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR of Simon Froude and Jason Powning is the leading classic car in GT Sports.

Next fastest of the classics is Grahame Vaughan and John Barram's 1969 Lotus Elan Coupe S4 25 minutes further back.

The third fastest classic is Peter and Tom Riseborough in a 1967 MG MGB Roadster.

Budget GT Sports Trophy

1. Jeff Beable/Nerida Beable, 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R N1

2. Jordan Bridge/Debbie Bridge, 2004 Subaru WRX STi, +5m25s

3. Martin Duursma/Richard Wodhams, 2013 Lotus Exige S V6, + 6m02s

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