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Quotes from Day 2

Our intrepid infield reporter caught up with a number of competitors before the start of Mt Roland. Read on to find out what they throat about their day.

STEVE BRUMBY: “We’re just having a ball.

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

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.


BRIAN MARSHALL : “We’ve had a great day today.

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.”


MARTIN DUURSMA: “We’ve been together as a team for three or four years now and it’s starting to pay off.

Our teamwork and rhythm is working well, but it has to, because it’s very tight in this category with only a few seconds between the top three.

We’ve had to work very hard today to be where we are.”


RICHARD WOODMAN: “We struggled yesterday with tyres – they were a bit green and I couldn’t get them very warm.

We’re a lot happier today now our tyres have roughed up a bit.

They’re definitely scuffed up and sticking better now.”


GEOFF STORR: We’ve had a trouble-free day today – no dramas at all.

The top three are very close, but it wouldn’t take much to change that.


GRAEME COPELAND: “We’ve had a great run so far and no issues.

We’ve seen the gravel a couple of times, but not too bad.

Our tyres have been good – they go a bit soft in the longer stages, but it’s manageable.

We thought the faster stages would suit us, but the car’s been surprisingly good in the technical stages.

We’ve been going well, but with the drum brakes in this old girl, we take an entire road to stop and wag from side to side.


STEVE GLENNEY: “It was fairly disheartening going through the Paloona – Jason and Matt took a fair bit of time off us.

We were going as fast as we could go, but they have a bit more grunt than us on the straight bits.

We’re not too far away, but we’re hanging in there.


MATT CLOSE: “We came here to win and we’re competitive so far.

We’ve got a great car and a great package, so we can tick that box off.

We had a big dip at Paloona.

It’s my ambition to win that one off Whitey (Jason White), because it’s in his own backyard.

We were eight seconds slower and we didn’t have much left.

We’ve got a brand new Dunlop tyre this week, which should be a bit softer in the wet.


JASON WHITE: “We had an exciting stage at Paloona.

I hit the brakes on the first corner and had a drink bottle submarine down in between the brake pedals.

It was a distraction for the first few kays.

I was trying to work out how to stop it moving around.

It’s not sustainable at that pace so we’ll have to start conserving tyres soon.

The only trouble is that it’s too much fun.”


LEIGH FORD: “We’ve very surprised to be in the lead in the car we’re in and in the competition we’re against.

Some of the other cars got a penalty in an earlier stage and they’re starting to claw their way back, so it’s an exciting competition

We did Targa North West and that was our first competitive tarmac rally together.”


JON SIDDINS: “We copped a 30 second penalty yesterday, so we started the day behind.

We working on making up and we’re back to second, so we’re cruising along.


ANGUS KENNARD: “We didn’t have any major expectations for day two apart from getting to feel the car better and drive it well on the first real competition day.


JOSH SUTCLIFFE: “We had always hoped to be leading.

We’ve worked on our strengths today and we’ll try to build a bit of a buffer and hopefully hold it for the rest of the event.

Our Subaru’s strength is in the tight and twisty stuff, but we seem to be going okay in the high speed stuff as well.

It’s all about keeping speed in the car as we’re down on horsepower compared to some of the other cars we’re competing against.”


MICHAEL BRAY: “We’ve had some really fast bits where we’ve been able to open the Torana up.

We knew Jon Siddins has copped a time penalty, but we couldn’t afford to back off because of that – I knew he’d be coming.

He’s been taking a little bit of time out of us all day, so we’re just trying not to make any mistakes and stay consistent.”




Christmas Closure Dates

Targa Australia Offices will be closed from Friday 21st December, 2018 and re-opening Monday 7th January, 2019.

2018 was a very big year for the Targa family, a year that included our first brand new event since 2010 in Targa Great Barrier Reef, which was a massive success in its first year. 

We would like to wish all of our loyal customers, sponsors and officials a very joyous and safe Christmas and New Year period.

We look forward to seeing you all at a Targa Australia event in 2019.


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