Rally features fast and furious action
Returning Targa South West competitors Peter Rullo and Jimmy Marquet beat a strong field to win the popular event following a day of rally action on Saturday.
Thousands of spectators turned out at the weekend to watch about 50 cars take to the various tracks in Pemberton and Northcliffe.
Aside from one car overshooting a corner and ending up in a ditch, and another car taking a corner too wide, there were no serious incidents.
Rullo said he loved being back behind the wheel at the Make Smoking History Targa South West.
He and Marquet won five of the 14 stages and finished 10 seconds ahead of second place winner, Bunbury driver Mark Cates and co-driver Declan Stafford.
Dennis Heller and Keian Guy came third in the 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
“The rally was good right from the start, and truth be told, I had a happy-nervous feeling jumping into the car after a long break and nothing was coming naturally to start with,” Rullo said.
“The car was quick straight off the mark and by the third stage, everyone was getting into the groove.
“Some of the stages where I thought our car would have had an advantage, it was really close.”
Cates said his new Axis Hire 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was nothing short of perfect.
“We gave it a fair stab and I’m pretty happy with our results,” he said.
“It was a good field of competitors and the stages were fun, especially Gloucester which was fast and furious, and challenging us more than we expected.”
Both Rullo and Cates are set to compete in Make Smoking History Targa West held in Perth, then the finale at the City of Perth Special Stage from October 22 to 25.
In the competition classic division, Tim Wolfe — with new co-driver Scott Beckwith — won for the second year in a row.
The Targa 130 category restricts competitors to a speed of 130km/h per and this year’s winner was husband and wife duo Jurgen and Helen Lunsmann in their Gemtek Group 2019 Tesla 3 Performance.
There were two competitors in the Targa 165 — which limits drivers to 165km/h — and the winner was rally veteran Andy van Kann, of Busselton, with co-driver Megan Logue.
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