Targa High Country Wrap
Targa High Country 2013
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart was out in force at Victoria’s Targa High Country, held in the ‘high country’ of Victoria on November 8-10.
Four TMR Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Xs participated in the hotly-contested 4WD Showroom class, renewing battle with a gaggle of Subaru Impreza STis and a highly competitive Volkswagen Golf R.
Clinton Arentz/Pete Burrey were on the pace from the start, challenging the fancied Subarus of Kennard and Newman for the podium positions. In the final analysis, Arentz finished in second place, only 19 seconds off Kennard’s 2009 STi after three massive days of competition.
Scott Millar/Chris Dean overcame a damaged wheel to finish fourth in class, and Barrie Smith/Dale Moscatt came eighth after early wheel speed sensor issues were sorted.
“We were impressed with the improved speed of the cars when compared to last year,” explained TMR boss Alan Heaphy. “The Subarus were quicker still…we were baffled at their improvement over the last 12 months, particularly on the uphill stages.”
The final TMR-managed Evo X, driven by Simon Clarke/Peter Wickham, was withdrawn due to illness.
TMR’s focus now turns to the New Year, with preparations underway for Targa Wrest Point in Tasmania in January. Then, it’s the big one all over again – Targa Tasmania 2014.