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Start to finish victory for husband and wife team

Victorians Jeff and Nerida Beable have dominated the Budget GT Sports Trophy class in Targa Tasmania, winning by a margin of six minutes and 22 seconds in their Nissan Skyline GTR.

Victorians Jeff and Nerida Beable have dominated the Budget GT Sports Trophy class in Targa Tasmania, winning by a margin of six minutes and 22 seconds in their Nissan Skyline GTR.

The husband and wife pairing led from start to finish in a superb display of teamwork.

“We had a few overheating dramas on the second-last day, but we were able to get on top of that and it’s very nice to win two in a row,” Beable said.

“We love the GT Sports Trophy category – it’s just as competitive with an extra element of safety added.

“This is our 23rd Targa Tasmania – we missed the first one and stayed home in 1998, but it was the most boring thing to watch as a spectator – the only way to see it is through the windscreen of a car and we’ve been coming back ever since for the past 18.”

Second place went to Jordan and Debbie Bridge in a Subaru WRX STI, one minute and 17 seconds  ahead of the Lotus Exige S V6 of Martin Duursma and Richard Wodhams, which claimed the final position on the GT Sports Trophy podium.

Adam Gosling and Ian Noble claimed fourth place in a BMW E87 130i, followed by Rob Oshlack and Neysa Ellison in a Ford Focus RS Mark II in fifth as the major placings remained unchanged over the final day’s six stages.

Budget GT Sports Trophy - provisional results

1. Jeff Beable/Nerida Beable, 2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R N1
2. Jordan Bridge/Debbie Bridge, 2004 Subaru WRX STi, +6m22s
3. Martin Duursma/Richard Wodhams, 2013 Lotus Exige S V6, +7m39s

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