Podium fin­ish for Rullo in Targa West rally.

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page -

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.

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