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Glenney Leads as White Suffers Mechanical Issues on Day One

Day one of Targa North West has served up plenty of drama, with Jason and John White in their 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme suffering mechanical problems on the Hellyer Gorge South stage.

Day one of Targa North West has served up plenty of drama, with Jason and John White in their 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme suffering mechanical problems on the Hellyer Gorge South stage. 

White was leading GT2, and was also outright leader after the opening four stages of the day, before engine problems struck the six-time Targa Tasmania winner on the day's fifth stage. 

White's misfortune saw GT4 leaders Steve Glenney and Andy Sarandis in a 2015 Subaru WRX Sti, assume outright leadership of the opening event of the 2018 CAMS Australian Targa Championship, a lead they held for the rest of the day. Glenney leads overall by two minutes 13 seconds from Paul Stokell and Jason Page in a Lotus Exige, however, it's a tremendous battle for the minor placings with just 37 seconds separating second from fifth, ensuring tomorrow's final day will be a thrilling affair.

Glenney's lead in the GT4 class is just over three minutes from Jesse Medwin in a Subaru Sti Spec C. Graham Copeland and Josh Herbert in a magnificent 1941 GMC Jimmy Special hold a commanding lead in Shannons Classic. 

They assumed the lead early on day one and never looked like surrendering their advantage, holding a lead of almost four and a half minutes from their nearest rivals. In Classic GT, Michael and Daniel Bray in a Holden Torana hold a big lead over their rivals. 

They lead by over six minutes at the end of day one, with Geoff Goodwin and Phillip Smith holding down second position. It's a different story in Early Modern however, where a tremendous battle has played out all day between Tony Quinn and Kate Catford in a 2001 Porsche 911, and Jon Mitchell and Joshua Sutcliffe in their 2006 Subaru WRX S204. 

No more than ten seconds separated the pair over the day's opening five stages, however Quinn gained four seconds on the final stage of the day, to hold what is still a slender advantage of just 14 seconds. 

In GT Sports Trophy, Richard Woodman and Marcus Towle in a 2004 Subaru WRX Sti leads Geoff Storr and Steve Caplice in their 978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV by almost seven minutes, while in TSD Trophy it's Jeffrey Wilson and Ian Samson in a 2010 Subaru WRX Sti well clear of Luke Anear and Alan Stephensen in a 2017 Ford Focus RS. 

2018 Targa North West – Provisional results 

GT2: 

1. Paul Stokell / Jason Page, 2014 Lotus Exige 

2. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +37s 

3. Alan Roe / Michael Lloyd, 2016 BMW M2, +1m07s 

GT4: 

1. Steve Glenney / Andy Sarandis, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti 

2. Jesse Medwin / Zac Brakey, 2011 Subaru Sti Spec C, +3m04s 

3. Crichton Lewis / Adam Kudra, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti, +4m46s 

Shannons Classic: 

1. Graham Copeland / Josh Herbert, 1941 GMC Jimmy Special 

2. Nik Prieston / Dylan Braithwaite, 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye, +4m26s 

3. Peter Gluskie / Samantha Winter, 1985 BMW E30 325i, +4m38s 

Shannons Classic GT: 

1. Michael Bray / Daniel Bray, 1975 Holden Torana 

2. Geoff Goodwin / Phillip Smith, 1983 Nissan 300ZX, +6m09s 

3. Mick Downey / Jarrod Van Den Akker, 1977 Holden Commodore, +7m43s 

Duttons Garage Early Modern: 

1. Tony Quinn / Kate Catford, 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo 

2. Jon Mitchell / Joshua Sutcliffe, 2006 Subaru WRX S204, +14s 

3. Peter Roberts / Suzanne Atkins, 1992 Nissan Skyline GTS-t, +2m45s 

GT Sports Trophy: 

1. Richard Woodman / Marcus Towle, 2004 Subaru WRX Sti 

2. Geoff Storr / Steve Caplice, 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV, +6m55s 

TSD Trophy: 

1. Jeffrey Wilson / Ian Samson, 2010 Subaru WRX STi, 46 points 

2. Luke Anear / Alan Stephensen, 2017 Ford Focus RS, 171 points 

Outright: 

1. Steve Glenney / Andy Sarandis, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti 

2. Paul Stokell / Jason Page, 2014 Lotus Exige, +2m13s 

3. Tony Quinn / Kate Catford, 2001 Porsche 996 Turbo, 2m33s 

4. Jon Mitchell / Joshua Sutcliffe, 2006 Subaru WRX S204, +2m47s 

5. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +2m50s 

Tomorrow’s final day features five stages, with the final stage of the opening event of the 2018 CAMS Australian Targa Championship being Hellyer Gorge North.

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