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Drivers Quotes - Day 5

Here are a selection of quotes from some of our drivers following Day 5 of Targa Tasmania.
DARRYL MARSHALL – 
"We lost a few points today, but we’re still working on that three points a stage average for the event, and we’re still well ahead of that."

"We had a bit of a brain fade in the cabin – we missed one of our markers and mis-read it and went too quick."

"We’d never seen the Molesworth stage before today and to get as close as we did without having ever seen the stage, we’re pretty happy with that."


JEFF MORTON – 
"We had a really good run through Mount Arrowsmith – it was wet, but I’m just starting to now get a feel for how the car drives in the wet."

"Queenstown was an absolute hoot up the hill – I threw the car around a little bit there and had a ball."

"I love the dry because I’m more familiar with it, but whatever tomorrow brings, we’re ready for it."

"Am I going to back off tomorrow? – no way – I’m enjoying myself too much."

"We’re having so much fun and just enjoying ourselves – we’re enjoying the amazing roads, we’re in a great car, and everything’s as good as it could be right now."


ANGUS KENNARD – 
"With the lead we’ve got we can pretty much relax tomorrow and take it a little bit easier."

"It’s not going to be wet, so we’re going to try and de-risk our drive tomorrow."


MATT CLOSE – 
"We’ve been a second a kilometre slower in the wet stages and we can be up to a second a kilometre faster in the dry, so it’s been a bit up and down today."

"It’s horses for courses and we’ve got to get the right conditions for us tomorrow."

"I don’t think we can catch Jason White now – we lost too much time in the wet."

"Mike Pritchard is where the race is for us – we’re 18 seconds behind him and it gives us something to chase tomorrow."


ADAM KAPLAN – 
"We were trading fastest stage times with John Mitchell in the Subaru – in some bits we were a bit quicker and in some bits they were quicker – it’s been good fun."

"We’ve got a good lead, but you can never be too confident with Targa Tasmania – it can always throw something up at you."

"We came to Targa to have fun and the driving, so there’s no point in driving slowly – we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully we’ll get the same result."


JASON WHITE – 
"It’s good to have a lead of over a minute going into the last day."

"We’ll still have to maintain a bit of pace, but a minute is a good gap."

"I thought we were going fast on Mount Arrowsmith and doing enough to keep Matt Close at bay, but we were astonished to hear Mike Pritchard was 40 seconds faster."

"I had no idea Mike had that in him - that’s the drive of the event in my book."


MIKE PRITCHARD – 
"We had a bit of a crack today – it was nice to let the big girl off the hook a bit and let her have some legs."

"We had a plan to enjoy the stages and make sure we had some tyres left for the end."

"I doubt we can make up the lead tomorrow – Jason’s done the same thing with his tyres as well."

"Our tyres look pretty good and we’ll make it to the end no worries – it’s just whether or not Matt Close can push us for second on his hard tyres – it’s going to be dry tomorrow and he could very well wind us in."

JON SIDDINS – 
"I’ve been cruising today – we had a little issue with a diff bolt breaking on the first stage at Strahan this morning, so I had to nurse it through to the lunch stop at New Norfolk."

"We’re all happy to be in the positions we’re in, I think."


PETER ULLRICH – 
"We’ve got a six minute lead and we’ve sort of been in cruise mode a bit."

"As crazy as it sounds, if you back off, you can crash if you lose concentration."

"Our brake issues of the past couple days are gone now, so it’s all good."

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