BAYSWATER driver Jurgen Lunsmann gave competitors in the Targa Albany Sprint a shock with his electric vehicle.
His 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance+ was the event’s only electric car and all eyes were on him after the first run when he surprised the competition by clocking the secondfastest time. He finished in seventh place outright in 1:43.17 minutes.
Lunsmann said it was satisfying to be challenging for outright places.
“It’s nice to see all our years of building coming to fruition,” he said.
“In the right type of events, the Tesla EV is outright competitive – this is the first time we modified our EV, and by modify I mean we put Rspec tyres on it and that’s it.
“I drove home with airconditioning, a stereo and cruise control.”
Lunsmann said the team’s goal was to normalise electric cars in motorsport.
“Monday to Friday the EV is a clean, lean, green machine, but on the weekend, it’s a truckload of fun,” he said.
Will White won the Targa Albany Sprint on March 2 in his 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
Nearly 90 classic and modern cars raced the clock along the 2.8-kilometre hill climb course.
The Motorsport Australia-sanctioned course is a single stage that is run five times for drivers only without co-drivers, with the fastest run determining the winner, as opposed to the fastest accumulated time.
White clocked the fastest time on the second of his five runs with 1:37.43 minutes.
The fastest pre-1986 classic competitor was Simon Gunson, of Bibra Lake, in his 1970 Ford Capri, finishing ninth outright with a time of 1:45.63. The youngest competitor at just 16 years old was Cam Puzey, a Year 12 student at Eastern Hills Senior High who finished in 22nd place in his 1989 Subaru Legacy RS.
Puzey started racing in rallysprints last year.
“I’m still on my Lplates; I don’t turn 17 until the end of June,” the Glen Forrest teenager said.
For full results and more information on the Targa Albany Sprint, visit www.targaalbanysprint.c om.au/.
Jurgen Lunsmann on the racetrack in Albany.