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Kennard too good in GT4 competition

The RDA Brakes GT4 competition at Targa Tasmania has proven to be a Nissan GTR benefit, with a pair of the Japanese cars finishing in first and second place.

Targa veterans Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler led from mid-way through day three in their 2015 GTR to finish four minutes and 38 seconds in front of Josh Hilton and Rodney Vanderpoel in a 2016 model.

 

It was a drive full of class from Kennard, who took the lead on stage 13 on day three.

 

Prior to that, Ben Manion and Bernie Webb had set the pace and led comfortably in their Subaru WRX STI. However, a punctured tyre on the 38km Cethana stage saw them drop over nine minutes, and with it any chance of victory.

 

While Manion recovered to eventually finish in sixth place, Kennard led thereafter.

 

“I’ve won my category a couple of times before, but this is certainly the most enjoyable one,” Kennard said.

 

“The event felt a lot longer and we started in the wet. The first day was super slippery, but we came out of that alright and we really consolidated on day three, which was the longest day and it was dry, so that’s where we shot ahead.

 

“This has been my biggest winning margin, but we didn’t want to push it on the last day just to move up the outright placings.

 

“It’s more important to win GT4 than it is to finish sixth, seventh or eighth outright – no-one will remember that, but they’ll remember who won GT4.”

 

In third place for much of the event was Launceston Subaru dealer, Crichton Lewis, with co-driver Adam Kudra in their 2010 WRX STI. However, they rolled their car mid-way through the final day.

 

A pair of Audi TT RS’ were third and fourth, with husband and wife Barrie and Jan Smith leading home the similar car of Max Williams and Bruce Bush.

 

The last day drama put Geoffrey and Toni Hewitt into the top five in their 2009 Nissan GTR R35.

 

RDA BRAKES GT4

1. Angus Kennard / Ian Wheeler, 2015 Nissan GTR

2. Joshua Hilton / Rodney Vanderpoel, 2016 Nissan GTR R35, +4m38s

3. Barrie Smith / Jan Smith, 2010 Audi TT RS, +6m48s

 

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