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Class wraps - Day 2 at Targa

We look at many of the different classes after day at Targa Tasmania

Morton/Fisher lead Rookie GT


Jeff Morton and Steve Fisher hold the upper hand following the completion of Day 2.


The pairing guided their 2017 Lotus Exige to a 27s lead after nine stages over Anthony Moss and Julie Hunter in their 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.


John and Barry Swan show the way by 33 seconds in Rookie Early Modern in a 1991 Porsche 944 S2 ahead of Adam Gosling and Ian Noble’s 2002 E46 BMW M3 


Justin Gan and David Hart are now flying solo in the Rookie Classic GT in their 1978 Porsche 911.


Shannons Classic wrap  


 Shannons Classic GT has seen the 1975 Holden Torana of Michael Bray and Daniel Bray hold a six second advantage.


But the battle between the two pairings is intense. While Jon and Gina Siddins set the fastest time in George Town yesterday, an overnight penalty of 30 seconds, saw him start the day in fifth place, 24 seconds behind Bray.


Across the following six stages and 75km competitive stages Siddins has reduced the margin at the end of the day to just six seconds ensuring an exciting day on the run to the east coast on day 3.


Sitting in third place in Classic GT is the 1980 Jaguar XJS of Mark Hammond and Denis Neagle who are 2:03s behind the leader.


In the Shannons Classic handicap competition the 1941 GMC Jimmys Special of Grahame Copeland and Josh Herbert has a clear two minute break over the rest of the field by the time the cars completed the Mt Roland stage at the end of the day.


The 1971 BMW 2002 of Steve McClintock and Jann Skinner sits in second place with the 1975 Fiat 131 Abarth Rallye of Nik Prieston and Dylan Braithwaite in third place a further 38 seconds back.


A large field of 31 cars completed the second day and all will be looking forward to the traditional east coast run tomorrow.


Country Club GT Sports trophy


The Country Club GT Sports Trophy is led by Duursma and Richard Wodhams in a Lotus Exige SV6 at the end of Day 2 at Targa Tasmania.


Duursma set the pace across the day and has opened up a handy 43s lead over the Subaru Impreza WRX STI of Kristian Downing and Clayton Webber.


Targa veterans Jeff and Nerida Beable remain in a podium position sitting in third place a further 11 seconds back in their Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R N1.


In the Spirit of Tasmania Thoroughbred Trophy Jim and Evan Kelly have taken the lead in their 1984 Audi Quattro coupe opening up a handy lead over another veteran pairing of the competition, Jack Waldron and Vin Gregory.


Waldron, in a Mitsubishi Sigma is 39 seconds back.


Car #159, the Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV of Geoff Storr and Steve Caplice sits in third.


In the TSD Trophy competition, overnight leaders Brian and Justin Marshall continued to lead the way in their 2011 VW Polo GTi, citing a savvy navigation system for their result so far.


“We’ve got a fairly comprehensive system for navigation which is good in getting us to the finish line on time and it’s working fairly well, so we’re not going to tell anyone how we’re doing it for now,” Marshall said.


After nine stages they have collected 22 points, eight clear of Steve and Heather Brumby in a 1999 Alfa Romeo GTV who have 30 points.


“It’s an absolute privilege to drive fast on these roads and to be able to do it with my daughter is fantastic,” Brumby said.


“Both of us are enjoying it immensely.


“To be in the top three was always going to be fantastic but it’s a very competitive category.”


The top three is rounded out by last year’s winners, Darryl and Peter Marshall who have collected 34 points 2002 Ford Falcon Pursuit Ute 250.



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