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Glenney Takes out Targa North West

Steve Glenney and Andy Sarandis have taken out this year's Targa North West in a 2015 Subaru WRX STI.

The overnight leaders stretched their lead over today's final five stages to finish clear of Paul Stokell and Jason Page in a 2014 Lotus Exige by just under four minutes, with Tony Quinn and Kate Catford claiming third, a further 52 seconds back in a 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo.

After taking a 37 second lead into today, GT2 frontrunners Paul Stokell and Jason Page extended their lead over Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone in a Porsche GTS, to take out the class by a comfortable one minute 39 seconds. Alan Roe and Michael Lloyd finished third. Glenney and Sarandis also took the honours in GT4, with Crichton Lewis and Adam Kudra finishing second, also in a Subaru WRX Sti almost ten minutes back. 

Nathan and Nicholas Stokes finished third, to make it a Subaru trifecta on the podium. 
For Glenney, he was thrilled at how the car performed over the whole weekend. "The weekend went well, brand new car, reliable, fast, safe and easy to drive as ever, so great weekend and good to get a good result, and Andy did a fantastic job next to me," Glenney said. "It was a great podium result; one, two, three for Subaru, so the Buckby boys are going well," Glenney added. 

It was a tremendous weekend for Graham Copeland and Josh Herbert in their 1941 GMC Jimmy Special, as they led from start-to-finish to take out Shannons Classic by a margin of eight minutes 29 seconds. 

Nik Prieston and Dylan Braithwaite, in a 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye had a consistent weekend, to claim second place. 

Copeland was understandably thrilled with the result. "It's awesome; it's my first Targa North West title and Josh did such a fantastic job also," Copeland said. "The roads were fantastic; the Hellyer Gorge North stage is probably the best Targa stage I've ever done," Copeland added. 

The 1975 Holden Torana of Michael and Daniel Bray extended their overnight lead to take out Shannons Classic GT comfortably by almost 12 minutes from Mick Downey and Jarrod Van Den Akker in a 1977 Holden Commodore, with Geoff Goodwin and Phillip Smith third. 

Just 14 seconds separated Tony Quinn and Kate Catford in their 2001 Porsche 911, and Jon Mitchell and Joshua Sutcliffe in a 2006 Subaru WRX S204 after the opening day in Early Modern, however Quinn dominated the final day, increasing his lead over today's five stages to claim victory by 55 seconds. 

Richard Woodman and Marcus Towle have taken out the GT Sports Trophy in a 2004 Subaru WRX Sti. They increased their lead over Geoff Storr and Steve Caplice in their 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV at every stage today, to take out the class by over 16 minutes. 

In TSD Trophy it was Jeffrey Wilson and Ian Samson in a 2010 Subaru WRX Sti who finished well clear of Luke Anear and Alan Stephensen in a 2017 Ford Focus RS. 

Round two of the 2018 Australian Targa Championship is the running of Targa Tasmania from 16th - 21st April, to be followed by the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef from 31st August to 2nd September. 

The Championship finishes with Targa High Country from 9th - 11th November. 


2018 Targa North West – Provisional results 

Outright: 
1. Steve Glenney / Andy Sarandis, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti 
2. Paul Stokell / Jason Page, 2014 Lotus Exige, +3m55s 
3. Tony Quinn / Kate Catford, 2001 Porsche 996 Turbo, 4m47ss
4. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +5m34s 
5. Jon Mitchell / Joshua Sutcliffe, 2006 Subaru WRX S204, +5m42s 

GT2: 
1. Paul Stokell / Jason Page, 2014 Lotus Exige 
2. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +1m39s 
3. Alan Roe / Michael Lloyd, 2016 BMW M2, +3m28s 

GT4: 
1. Steve Glenney / Andy Sarandis, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti 
2. Crichton Lewis / Adam Kudra, 2015 Subaru WRX Sti, +9m38s 
3. Nathan Stokes / Nicholas Stokes, 2014 Subaru Sti +11m34s 

Shannons Classic: 
1. Graham Copeland / Josh Herbert, 1941 GMC Jimmy Special 
2. Nik Prieston / Dylan Braithwaite, 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye, +8m29ss 
3. Peter Gluskie / Samantha Winter, 1985 BMW E30 325i, +10m51s 

Shannons Classic GT: 
1. Michael Bray / Daniel Bray, 1975 Holden Torana 
2. Mick Downey / Jarrod Van Den Akker, 1977 Holden Commodore, +11m43s 
3. Geoff Goodwin / Phillip Smith, 1983 Nissan 300ZX, +18m13s 

Duttons Garage Early Modern: 
1. Tony Quinn / Kate Catford, 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo 
2. Jon Mitchell / Joshua Sutcliffe, 2006 Subaru WRX S204, +55s 
3. Peter Roberts / Suzanne Atkins, 1992 Nissan Skyline GTS-t, +7m40s

GT Sports Trophy: 
1. Richard Woodman / Marcus Towle, 2004 Subaru WRX Sti 
2. Geoff Storr / Steve Caplice, 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV, +16m15s 

TSD Trophy: 
1. Jeffrey Wilson / Ian Samson, 2010 Subaru WRX STi, 46 points 
2. Luke Anear / Alan Stephensen, 2017 Ford Focus RS, 171 points

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