It is one of the longest stages in a Targa anywhere – Arrowsmith is longer, but the 48.77 Jamieson stage is underway, with the first results now coming through.
Day 3 sees fine weather and dry roads.
The very long TS18 – 48km – is now underway.
We have a delay on TS18. Hope things get underway soon.
Day three is underway – the last Targalive day for 2018.
TS17 is now done and dusted – already! An early start today.
Limited Targalive today – still missing our normal blog man – who has had to return home.
Follow the results live at targa.com.au
Jason and John White started the day with a handy 25 second buffer over the Porsche GT3 RS of Matt Close and Cameron Reeves
Across the first two stages White extended his lead in the Dodge Viper ACR Extreme, first taking two seconds off Close on the run off Mt Buller and a further seven on the 7.42 kilometre Barwite.
Tolmie was next up and Close set the quickest time, but only by one second, to reduce the margin to 33 seconds. Both cleaned Whitfield, so the margin remained the same after the day’s opening four stages.
In the Shannons GT Classic competition, AdamKaplan and Aleshia Penney (Mazda RX7) started the day with a 38 second lead over Mick Downey and Jarrod Van Den Akker in their 1979 Holden Commodore.
But Downey had his foot to the floor on the opening stage, reducing that margin by three seconds with Michael and Daniel Bray (Holden Torana) still in third, now one minute and two seconds behind the class leader.
In a see-sawing affair across the morning, where the top two would swap narrow stage wins, Kaplan arrived at the lunch break with a 36 second lead over Downey.
Did you see the story at Targa.com.au at the end of the action yesterday with heaps of driver quotes. Why not check them out.
Good morning Targalive followers. Unfortunately our on-location blogger has had to depart this morning for totally unforeseen personal reasons. We wish him well but we will be unable to bring you news and reviews as often as we normally do during an event. Thank you for your understanding.
It has been a huge day of competition in the Victorian Alps.
A full wrap of all the action from all the classes will be posted soon on Targa.com.au
Make sure you join us for all the latest action as it happens on Targa Live tomorrow.
White/White have prevailed after a titanic battle for the Modern lead.
The Dodge Viper pair lead after the opening leg by 25 secs from Close/Reeves (Porsche GT3 RS).