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Achterberg claims lead on Day 5 in Shannons Classic

Leigh Achterberg, in a Porsche 944 is the new leader in Shannons Classic, and will take a one minute 30 second lead into the final day of Targa Tasmania.


Leigh Achterberg, in a Porsche 944 is the new leader in Shannons Classic, and will take a one minute 30 second lead into the final day of Targa Tasmania.

In second place is Paul Freestone in an Aston Martin DB4, who still remains in contention after making up 21 seconds on Achterberg in the final stage of the day at Grasstree Hill.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Achterberg however, after breaking a ball joint on Mount Arrowsmith.

“We had a really bad vibration at the end of the stage, so we limped through Tarraleah and Ellendale, and we chucked some big cable ties and fencing wire around it at New Norfolk,” Achterberg said.

“We don’t carry fencing wire in our tool kit, so my service crew stopped and asked a nice farmer if we could cut a bit out of his fence. I’ve got to come back and buy him a carton of grog.”

Charlie Hughes now sits in third place in his Ford Falcon a further 29 seconds back from Freestone.

Overnight leader Peter Ullrich had a difficult day with axle problems, which saw him drop from first to fifth overall; just over five minutes back.

“It’s been an eventful day for us; the axle came adrift at Strahan, but we managed to fix it before Mount Arrowsmith,” Ullrich said.

“We lost some time but we’re still going.”

Shannons Classic:

1. Leigh Achterberg/Greg Fitzgerald, 1982 Porsche 944

2. Paul Freestone/Christine Freestone, 1960 Aston Martin DB4, +1m30s

3. Charlie Hughes/Mary Hughes, 1982 Ford Falcon, +1m59s


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