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CAMS Australian Targa Championship classes to be decided

Targa High Country is set to determine the outcome of a host of classes in the 2019 CAMS Australian Targa Championship from November 8 to 10.
Peter Gluskie: Credit, Angryman Photography

Following the running of Targa Great Barrier Reef in early September, eight of the ten categories that define Australia’s premier tarmac rally Championship remain undecided.


The classes which are resolved sees Tyson and Celise Cowie land the Thoroughbred Trophy in their 1970 Ford Escort Mk1 while Mick Downey and Jarrod Van Den Akker (1979 Commodore VB) have romped away with the Classic GT title.


In the fight for one of the season’s major titles, Outright Modern, defending champion Paul Stokell and his new-for-2019 co-driver Kate Catford (2014 Lotus Exige Sport 350) enjoy a 56 point lead over Jason and John White (2016 Dodge Viper).


The same pairings head the GT2 ranks with Stokell clutching a 26-point lead.


With many scenarios to play out under the series points structure, Stokell and Catford would need to DNF to lose the Outright Modern title while providing the Whites won, the Lotus pair would need to finish no lower than seventh to hold onto the GT2 crown.


The picture in prestigious Classic Outright sees three teams remain in contention going into the fourth and final CATC round.


Downey and Van Den Akker lead on 225 points from Peter Gluskie and Sam Winter (1985 BMW E30 325i) who have compiled 202 points.


Nik Prieston, who sits third on 175 points in the 1976 Fiat Abarth Rallye, will be joined by new co-driver Stephanie Esterbauer. 


Classic Handicap sees Prieston lead on 229 points, just six ahead of Gluskie/Winter with Peter and Sari Ulrich too far back in third on 138 points in their 1964 Studebaker Avanti to make a run at the lead.


In GT4, Luke Anear and Adam Stephensen (Subaru WRX Sti) hold a healthy lead on 194 points, 51 clear of the only remaining title threat, Targa stalwart Tony Quinn (2018 Nissan GTR).


Tasmanian Will Gordon (1999 Mitsubishi Evo VI) heads the Early Modern standings on 136 points. He will be joined by co-driver Kelly Handley.


Gordon sits 33 markers ahead of fellow Tasmanians Kingsley Wallman and Ellen Witte while a host of other crews remain mathematically in the running.


Queenslanders Mitchell and Darryl Ringuet (2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350) have amassed 219 points and clutch a one point lead over Anthony and Sandra Seymour in the hotly contested GT Sports Trophy class.


The penalty-based TSD Trophy category sees Peter and Tristan Taylor (2013 Lotus Elise S) head to Mt Buller on 230 points, 32 clear of second placed Robert Bryden who will have Alex Bryden as co-driver in the 2017 Lotus 380 Cup.


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