Close dominates final day at Targa High Country Sunday November 6, 2016
Victorian Matt Close has taken his Porsche GT3 to outright victory and GT2 competition honours at Targa High Country, which finished at the top of Mt Buller late today (Sunday November 6). After the opening two days of intense duelling, Close started the final leg with just a one second lead over fellow GT2 competitor, Tasmanian Michael Pritchard, driving a Dodge Viper ACR.Overnight snow on Mt Buller saw Close adopt a cautious approach on the wet and slippery run down the mountain, dropping 16 seconds to his rival. But on the very next stage he bounced back, grabbing the lead on the 40 kilometre long Jamieson test. With his confidence high, and hard tyres now working well, Close pushed on to extend his lead on every stage, finishing the three-day enduro 59 seconds clear of his fellow GT2 competitor.Third in the Mt Buller GT2 competition went to Craig Dean and Kate Catford in a 2015 Mustang Shelby GT, one minute 14 seconds further back.In Shannons Classic GT Peter Nunn looked set for an emphatic victory having led from the very start on Friday morning, but on the penultimate stage his 1985 Porsche 944 Turbo developed clutch problems forcing him out of the rally. His misfortune handed the lead and the competition victory to South Australian, Craig Haysman, in his thumping 1979 Triumph TR7 V8. The Targa veteran, with co-driver Julie Boorman, finished three minutes and 38 seconds clear of Mark Hammond and Lisa Dunkerton in a 1980 Jaguar XJS. Roger Lomman and Annie Bainbridge were third in their 1971 Datsun 20Z third, another one minute 29 seconds further back.There were no similar late surprises in the Shannons Classic competition, with Lindsay Stone and Simon Martin leading from start to finish in their 1985 Mazda RX-7. The 1971 Porsche 916 of Ted Banks and Bruce Douglas kept the pressure on until the end, eventually finishing just 45 seconds in arrears, while Colin Byrne and Paul Stoopman performed strongly to move up to third, one minute and 26 seconds behind Stone in their 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000.One of the drives of the event came from Alan Roe and Michael Lloyd, who took the Duttons Garage Early Modern honours in their 2000 Mitsubishi Evo 6.5RS. Roe was quick across all of the 277.71 competitive kilometres, and in outright terms was third fastest overall. Second in Early Modern went to the highly consistent pairing of Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney, one minute 31 seconds behind Roe, with Liam and Larry Howarth, in a 1995 Nissan GT-R, rounding out the podium a further one minute 12 seconds back.In the RDA Brakes GT4 competition, Trevor Macleod had the highly experienced Steve Glenney calling the notes, and they proved a formidable combination in their 2010 Subaru WRX STI. Others around them faltered, with overnight second placed Barrie Smith and Anthony McLoughlin forced out on TS16 when their Audi TTRS had mechanical issues. Their bad luck left the door open to Tasmanian Crichton Lewis, who improved on his fifth here last year to take second place two minutes 07 seconds back, with yet another Subaru STI WRX combination, Nathan and Nicholas Stokes, in third, six minutes 01 seconds off the pace.In the Mansfield Shire GT Sports Trophy, Anthony and Toni Rizzo continued their great form to take their 1977 Subaru WRX STI to victory over the fast finishing James Bullock and Ben Dearlove in a Porsche GT3. The Porsche pairing started the day in fourth, but charged home to finish one minute 27 seconds behind the Rizzos, with Jordon and Debbie Bridge forced to accept third, having been pipped on the very last stage for second by just 18 seconds.The combination of Brian and Justin Marshall, in a 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI, proved too good to lead from start to finish in the TSD Trophy. Across the day’s six stages and 125 competitive kilometres, the pair added just 10 penalty points to take their total to 23 across the three days. Darryl and Peter Marshall, driving the Ford Pursuit Ute, finished second with 33 points after an exceptional final day which saw them only collect four points. Jeffrey Morton and Jarred Kershaw in a 2006 Lotus Elise finished third with 39 points. For full results visit targa.com.au
Targa High Country 2016 - Day 3 Highlights
Targa High Country 2016 - Porsche GT3 - Close/Reeves - Mansfield Town Stage (Fastest run of the day)
Targa High Country 2016 - Day 2 Highlights
Check out the highlights from Day One of Targa High Country 2016!
The field was greeted by beautiful blue sky from the offical start at Mt Buller with close competition featuring across all the classes.
RDA Brakes are proud to be associated with the Acie charity car show who suffers from Dystonia. Last year we were able raise money to contribute to Acie purchasing the eye gaze computer which allows him to communicate with the aid of this computer and the use of his eyes. Acie is now 16 years old and growing and with that comes new issues he needs to deal with day to day.Our aim this year is to raise money so Acie can purchase a hoisting device which will help him get in and out of bed and assist in having a bath/shower.The date is the 24th of September from 11am to 4pm, corner Fiveways Blvd. and Cheltenham Road Keysborough, Victoria 3173 (In the Souvlakihut car park)
Historic Winton Victoria: Proudly sponsored by RDA EBC Brakes.
Targa High Country 2014 will be telecast on 7Mate on the 23rd of November 2014 & then on repeat.
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Targa Tasmania 2014 will be telecast on 7Mate on the 24th of May 2014 & then on repeat.
I don't make an apperance this year (by crashing) but there's always next year!
Plenty of RDA EBC Brakes advertising amongst the 60 cars that crash out.
I have seen the first 4 minutes & it's pretty good.
Les Smith Managing Director RDA Brakes.
Drifting: Matt Hambridge
Track Racing: Aussie Racing Cars
Road Targa: Close Racing
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- RDA Brakes Modern - Matt Close / Casey Close 2010 Audi TT RS + 56 seconds
Road Targa: Redback Racing
Targa Tasmania 2014 Day 1 Sheffield SS3
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- Targa Tasmania 2013: Redback Racing RDA EBC Renault RS 250 Highlights
- Targa High Country 2012
- Adam Spence and Erin Kelly - RDA EBC Renault Megane RS250 - Winners
- 2013 Jim Clark Rally Tweedside 1 Spence 2 HD Cams and Digital Dashboard
- Adam Spence and Erin Kelly in their Renault Megane as they complete the Devils River stage at Targa High Country 2013.
Road Targa: Team Kaos
- Watch our MD - he's a lot better at selling brakes than racing!
Rallying: Morris Rallying Team
Car Clubs: Mazda MX-5 Club of Victoria & Tasmainia