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What the drivers said ... Day 3

Our stage reporter caught up with some of the Targa Tasmania contenders after Day 3.
Nik Prieston/Dylan Braithwaite (Fiat 131 Abarth Rallye). Photo credit: Angryman Photography
 MATT CLOSE: It’s not the way we wanted to take the lead. 
We know what it’s like to crash out after last year. It’s a real shame from a battle point of view that we’ve lost Jason White and Steve (Glenney). 
But there’s a hell of a lot of rally to go and we’re certainly not taking anything for granted. 
If it’s wet tomorrow, it could be turned on its head. You’re going to have all sorts of people coming through. We’ve just got to be sensible and stick to our plan and keep the car on the road. 
MICHAEL PRITCHARD: It’s an interesting start to the event in a lot of ways, but there’s still a long way to go, and it’s going to be wet for the next few days. 
I wouldn’t mind being in a four-wheel drive car like Angus Kennard. Paul Stokell is only a few seconds behind me and he’s a bit of a wet weather specialist and he’s got soft tyres, so he’s going to be pretty hard to keep in front of.

ANGUS KENNARD: It’s been really good today. The car’s been good and felt right and the conditions have been good too. 
We’re expected to have an advantage in the wet tomorrow, but this car’s big and heavy too, but we’ll drive to the conditions, whatever they are. 

GRAHAM COPELAND: We’ve been pretty much on pace with everyone today, so it’s been hard to extend our lead. The car’s handling better than it was yesterday and the day before, so we’re really getting to enjoy it now. 
She was a better package last year, but it’s still good fun.

MICHAEL BRAY: The battle in this class is tighter than a fish’s bottom. We’re really enjoying the battle though.
 It’s so tight it only takes a slower car in front of you for a second, or a bonnet clip come undone like we did, and the lead changes just like that. We’re having so much fun.

MARK CATES: We’ve inherited a good lead, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to need that buffer. Adam (Garwood) can really drive and he’s going hard to make it up again. 
We’re trying to keep it straight and we are having a great time. For our first Targa Tasmania we are literally having a ball.
GUY LILLEYMAN: Today’s been pretty good and we’ve just been gradually winding the pace up and we’ve been taking some time off Adam Kaplan, which is pretty inspiring because he’s usually the one to chase.
Tomorrow’s whether probably won’t bother us much. We’re sweet in the wet.
TONY SEYMOUR: It’s incredibly tight. I think we swapped fastest times on just about every stage all day today.
 There’s probably four teams very close together and potentially any one of us could win it. I tried to push a bit harder today because there’s rain coming. Some of the other guys might be better in the wet, but we’ll see.

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