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Yelds prevails in Shannons Classic Handicap nailbiter

Volvo man Ashley Yelds and co-driver Charlie Hughes survived a gruelling run to win the Shannons Classic Handicap class at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef.

Photo: Angryman Photograhy

Yelds managed to master the 18-stage tarmac rally run on some of the most punishing roads on the four-event CAMS Australian Targa Championship.

The New South Wales driver finished 11 seconds up in the beautifully prepared 1961 Volvo 122S.

“We really thought we didn’t have a chance in this event, so we’re a little bit overwhelmed by it, to be honest,” Yelds said.

“It was a pretty tough field and if we finished top five, it would have been a good outcome.

“It was a challenging event and a lot of the stages were very technical.

“There was a mix of endurance stages in there, but it was more like a three-day sprint.

“Some of the stages were an event in themselves.”

In the Shannons Classic GT, Holden Torana duo Michael and Daniel Bray surged to a maximum points haul again, winning the class by 29 seconds from Mick Downey and Jarrod Van Den Akker.

The Brays move to 240 points, 53 ahead of Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter in their 1985 BMW E30 325i.

“We’re really stoked and the whole event was an awesome experience for us,” Bray said.

“The roads suited us early in the event, but we struggled today in the winding stuff and we made a poor tyre choice this morning, but lucky for us the final two stages got cancelled.

“We had a minute and four seconds lead at the start of the day and by the time we got to lunch today it was down to 29 seconds.

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