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What the drivers said - Day 3 of THC

Our reporter caught up with many of the leading drivers and class winners at the finish at Mt Buller today. Fair to say, they were all glad that they had made it to the finish.
Photo credit: Angryman Photography

Tony Quinn (2018 Nissan GTR - 1st Dutton Garage GT4)

In the dry it wasn’t as fast as the two-wheel-drive guys. We had a pretty good run all the way through. My navigator (Samantha Gray) was very good at her job.



Luke Anear (2015 Subaru WRX - 2nd Dutton Garage GT4)

We ran out of fuel on one of the stages on Friday. We lost our rhythm a bit then started to get it back by the end of Leg 1. We had a good run yesterday and today Quinny was just too good for us.

He had too much pace. If I’m half as good as him at his age then I’ll be pretty happy.

We had a really good run on the way out on the 50km stage and couldn’t really have driven much faster and he still took 30s off us.


Mick Downey (1979 Holden Group C Commodore - 1st Classic GT)

We broke a trailing arm last night. So we had it back in the workshop and put it all back together. On the big big, Jamieson we got probably three quarters of the way through that and out of the blue we snapped a tie rod end which put us into a gutter.

We managed to push on then got a tie rod end and then came up the top on the last stage so its been a pretty hairy afternoon.


Jason White (2016 Dodge Viper - winner Outright/GT2)

It all went according to plan right from Friday. We managed to get the set-up right and that was the key to it.

We knew we had a big lead but we were not going to risk it all on those long stages today. I had no idea that we have won this event four times now. That is nice to know and this event really has every type of condition so it really tests out the car and the river.


Nik Prieston (1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rallye - 1st Classic Handicap)

It was amazing fun. The roads were incredible and surprisingly the weather held up in that it didn’t bucket down too much. Stephanie (Esterbauer) my new navigator is really professional and did a top job in really trying conditions. That fog coming up Mt Buller on the last stage was challenging. In some spots it was down to about 20m.


Peter Taylor (2013 Lotus Elise S - 1st Mt Buller TSD Trophy)

Rob and Doc were following us all the way. We had zero penalties today and that is probably the first time anyone has zeroed the day in this class. We do a lot of reconnaissance which is the way you have to prepare for this category.

That is the secret to TSD.

We get the results but it really is hard work. We are looking at doing a different class next season.


Jack Waldron (1981 Mitsubishi Sigma - 1st Mansfield Shire Thoroughbred Trophy)

We had a good run. It’s been quite a different event. Friday was pretty challenging. The car didn’t miss a beat. 

To reflect on the margin we won to be fair to the other competitors we had a device developed that is completely adjustable. So to explain at 99km/h it beeps and the beeping frequency increases so when I get to 125km/h it becomes very high frequency. Then it comes to a shriek at around 128km/h which tells me I’m on the threshold of getting a penalty.

It might look like we are a mile in front but it’s no reflection on our competition because with our system I never take my eyes off the road to monitor my speed because it’s coming in via my earpiece.

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