Podium finish for Rullo in Targa West rally.
PATCHY rain and a storm forecast didn’t deter hundreds of motorsport fans who flocked to the Perth Hills to cheer on Quit Targa West competitors.
Rally driver Peter Rullo, from Gooseberry Hill, alongside co-driver James Marquet finished 24 seconds behind Peter Major and Ben Searcy to take second place.
Rullo and Marquet in their 2012 Nissan GTR pushed hard all rally trying to catch Major after losing time on Friday’s opening stage.
Rullo said they clawed back more than half of the deficit but it wasn’t enough to take the top step. “We were on the limit that’s for sure,” he said.
“Every road was different with the wet weather, patches of sun drying the roads, some roads had more grip than others, but the car has been performing well, hasn’t missed a beat. Rullo said he was happy to have completed every stage of Quit Targa West after being plagued with mechanical issues every year since 2011. “I’m happy we finished and I’d like to thank the crew for making the car reliable,” he said.
“We’ve been chasing this for a while now and although we came here to win, second is a pretty good result, in fact my best result to date,” he said.
Rullo finished third at Targa West in 2010.
Peter Rullo and James Marquet finished second in this year’s Targa rally.