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Ullrich the run-away handicap winner in Classic

The 1963 Jansen CV8 of Peter and Sari Ullrich have taken the Shannons Classic title at the 2017 Targa Tasmania, beating all others home in the handicap competition.
In 2016 the event didn’t go to script, but there we no such problems this year as the pair comfortably navigated the final day to cross the line six minutes and 18 seconds clear of the second-placed David Gilliver and Nigel Shellshear in a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB, with Richard Woodward and Neil Gibson third in their 1969 Holden Monaro.

Barring disaster, Ullrich’s victory was never in doubt on the final day, and so it proved.

But behind him a battle royale was raging.

After the penultimate day just eight seconds separated the Ferrari and the Holden in the battle for second place.

Gilliver had the narrow buffer after a strong showing on the run from Strahan to Hobart, but knew Woodward would try to reclaim the runner-up position.

In the end Gilliver held on, but it was a great demonstration of a competition within a competition, where the focus is narrowed down to just seconds separating cars, even after six hard days of competition.

On crossing the line, Peter Ullrich was just happy to be savouring the moment.

“We’ve had a dream run really, even though we had to change brake rotors twice,” Ullrich said.

“But everything’s happened at the right time, so we’ve been able to be on top of it.

“The stages on the last day didn’t suit the car, but it’s strong so I just had to drive hard enough not to break it.

“I’ve done 18 Targa Tasmanias – 14 of them in this car, but this is the first time we’ve won in classic, so we’re extremely happy – this is easily the best one.”

Shannons Classic:
1. Peter Ullrich / Sari Ullrich, 1963 Jensen CV8
2. David Gilliver / Nigel Shellshear, 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS, +6m18s
3. Richard Woodward / Neil Gibson, 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, +6m33s

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