Tasmanians Jason and John White have moved to the top of the Australian Targa Championship points table after a dominant performance at the second round of the series, Targa Wrest Point, out of Hobart.
The day started as a battle of two Lamborghinis, White’s and that of South Australian Kevin Weeks. The pair was separated by just six seconds after a furious contest on Saturday’s opening seven competitive stages.
However, on the very first stage on Sunday morning, Pelverata, Weeks had a small off-road excursion and suddenly White found himself with a 16 second buffer.
But worse news was to follow for Weeks. He and co-driver John Allen had to stop to do running repairs, arrived late for the second stage, and copped a five-minute penalty after being required to tour through the stage.
Suddenly Weeks was out of the top five and White’s buffer was out to one minute and five seconds over the Mazda RX8 SP of Steve Glenney.
It was a sign for the reigning Targa Wrest Point champion to back off, with Glenney winning three of the four final stages, to finish just 29 seconds behind the Italian supercar.
2009 Targa Tasmania winner, Tony Quinn finished third, 58 seconds off the pace of the winner, with West Australian Dean Herridge back in fourth place, 19 seconds further back, but now in second place in the Targa series.