#911 offroad on TS 28

Matt Close and Cameron Reeves have gone offroad about 800m into the 7.60km Tinderbox TS 28 run. All okay.

It leaves Jason and John White with a comfortable lead outright as Steve Glenney and Andy Sarandis move into second outright but are nearly three minutes in arrears.

 

 

That’s it

Exciting back at PW1 with the cars arriving set for the Expo tonight – 6 to 9pm.

Get down to see the cars.

That’s it from Targa Live for today – we will get a few photos up later. Thanks for tuning in. It was a pretty quiet day on the roads – just the way we like it!

One day to go ……

Jason White (#934), driving the Dodge Viper, started the day on the West Coast with a 37 second buffer over his main rival, Matt Close (#911), in a Porsche GT3.

On the run from Strahan to Tarraleah, including the monster 52 kilometre Mount Arrowsmith stage, White was in control, maintaining his overnight lead.

But on the afternoon stages the Dodge driver suddenly looked vulnerable, with Close taking time off the defending champion on two of the next three stages to go into the final day just 27 seconds behind.

With a further 66 competitive kilometres across another six stages tomorrow, Close clearly has a sniff of victory.

In Classic GT Michael Bray (#571) looks to have class honours sown up with his 1975 Torana eight-minutes in the lead.

Graham Copeland (#224) has nursed his 1941 GMC Jimmy Special across the first five days, and seems certain to take Classic Handicap honours if he can get one more day out of the vintage car.

Josh Sutcliffe (#869), driving a Subaru STI, also has a handy one and a half minute lead in Early Modern having lead the class since the opening day on Monday.

The field is expected back at the finish line at PW1 around midday, and a dramatic final day seems certain.

Day 5 lunchtime update

Jason and John White dropped eight seconds to the hard charging Matt Close and Cameron Reeves.

Following the 8.70km TS 25 Tarraleah run, Close has reduced the gap to 29 seconds.

Steve Glenney and Andy Sarandis remain third outright but are at the head of the RDA Brakes GT4 category.

Following the demise of Nik Prieston and Dylan Braithwaite’s 1975 Fiat 131 Abarth, which was second overall, the 1941 GMC Jimmys Special of Grahame Copeland and Josh Herbert has now extended its lead in the Shannons Handicap class.

Copeland now heads the group by eight minutes 25 seconds over the 1961 Volvo 122S of Ashley Yelds and Charlie Hughes.

Josh Sutcliffe and Jon Mitchell continue to head the Duttons Garage Early Modern standings in their 2006 Subaru S204. Their advantage is now one minute 26 seconds over Liam and Larry Howarth (1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR V-Spec) with two stages remaining on the penultimate day.

TS 26 (Molesworth 8.01km) and TS 27 (Grasstree Hill (6.72km) will see the end of Day 5 action.