A victorious rally for White, Thompson
LAST year’s Quit Targa Cup winners have claimed the 2017 Targa South West stage win after two days and seven stages of rallying action.
Drivers Will White, of Dardanup, and Matt Thompson, of Eaton, finished the event in their Mitsubishi Evo 9 with a lead of just under a minute and a total time of 46:04 minutes.
White and Thompson set the pace early on by clocking the fastest time on 13 of the 14 stages held in and around Pemberton and Manjimup on Saturday, keeping Targa veterans Brendan Templeman and Peter Howlett, of Perth and Karratha respectively, at bay.
Sunday’s shorter and tighter Manjimup stages were also kind to the winning duo, who crossed the final finish line winning all but two of the day’s seven stages.
Thompson said preparation was the key to their success this year and nothing was as easy as it looked when it came to rallying.
“It was a case of making sure everything comes together on the day and getting through without the breakages that we had last year,” he said.
“The most memorable moment of this year’s event was getting a nice clean run through the Gloucester stages and seeing all the people enjoying themselves that had turned out to watch on top of the bridge.”
The team will now be turning their focus to next month’s Bunbury Sprint and then Targa West.
Second place went to Templeman and Howlett, in their Mitsubishi Evo 8, with a time of 46:55 minutes and third went to Baldivis pair Glen Renshaw and Krystle McDonald with a time of 48:26 minutes in their Holden VE SS-V Ute.
The classic competition winners were Perth pair Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti in their Ford Capri Perana, with a time of 48:11 minutes.
“We had a mechanical issue with the exhaust falling off but nothing major,” Gunson said.
“We relied on the service crew a bit to get us through, but apart from that our event was all right.”
Both in a Datsun 240z, Perth pair Bruce Lake and Peter Hall settled for second in competition classic, ending the event at 49:53 minutes and Simon Lingford and Avril Curtis, both of Perth, came third with 50:16 minutes.
In the challenge section, first went to Baldivis/Perth pair Nick Bailey and Kyle O’Neal in 56:48 minutes, second went to Perth pair Sharon Gunson and Glenys Stagholl with 57:01 minutes and third was Perth pair Andy Tudor and Brad Bird with 57:15 minutes.
2017 Targa South West winners Will White and Matt Thompson take a corner in their Mitsubishi Evo 9 during a Manjimup stage on Saturday.
Glen Renshaw and Krystle McDonald, both of Baldivis, came third overall.
Nick Bailey and Kyle O'Neal, of Baldivis and Perth, came first in the challenge division with a time of 56:48 minutes in their VW Golf GTi.