CHARG­ING AHEAD IN TARGA SPRINT

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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 R-spec 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 L-Plates; 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.com.au/.

Pic­ture: David Turk/Pixel Cul­ture

Jur­gen Lun­smann on the race­track in Albany.

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