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Siddins wins Classic GT

Jon and Gina Siddins have comprehensively won the Shannons Classic GT competition in their 1970 Datsun 240Z.

Jon and Gina Siddins have comprehensively won the Shannons Classic GT competition in their 1970 Datsun 240Z.

They started the final day over five minutes and nine seconds clear of Keith and Mary Callinan in a 1977 Ford Escort RS1800, but the Queenslander retired early in the day with mechanical problems.

This put Barry Faux and Therezia Mihajlovic in a 1985 Mazda RX-7 into second place, a position they maintained until the end.

The final podium place went to Cameron and Tania Wearing in a 1981 Triumph TR7 V8.

“This is my 15th Targa Tasmania and I’ve had podiums and wins in various classic categories along the way,” Siddins said.

“We had a handy buffer after a few days so we just went fast enough after that to run with the other guys, but there’s always pressure, so you’re still worried something might break.

“It probably wasn’t as hard as my other Targas, but this win is a bit special because it was the first Targa Tasmania with my wife as the navigator. She was excellent, which made it easier.

“She reckons now there’s no way anyone is kicking her out now.”

Mick Downey and been third overnight, but went off the road on the third stage of the final day.

Fourth went to Kim Barwick and Damien Grimwood in a Commodore, while Mark Hammond and Lisa Dunkerton took fifth in a Jaguar XJS.

Shannons Classic GT
1. Jon Siddins/Gina Siddins, 1970 Datsun 240Z,
2. Barry Faux/Therezia Mihajlovic, 1985 Mazda RX-7, +5:25
3. Mick Downey/Jarrod Van Den Akker, 1977 Holden Torana, +7m24s

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