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South Australian, Steve Glenney, has put any Australian Rally Championship plans on hold as he sets himself for victory in April’s Targa Tasmania.

Glenney, who won Rally Tasmania a fortnight ago at the wheel of the Home Loan Centre Australia Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, will head to Tasmania tomorrow to begin his reconnaissance for the classic tarmac event, which will take place from April 15 to 20.

He has his sights firmly on victory against the likes of Jim Richards, Jason White and Tony Longhurst, and says any ARC plans will have to wait until the second half of the season.

“Is anybody doing the ARC this year?” Glenney asked.

“I certainly won’t be doing any gravel rallying in the first half of 2008. There’s a couple of rounds of the South Australian Championship which interest me, including a new tarmac event, and I may also consider contesting Rally South Australia,” he said.

Glenney still has his rally-winning Subaru Impreza WRX STI and will most likely contest Rally SA in July, but admits that without major backing it isn’t easy.

“I certainly can’t afford to contest a full season in the ARC,” he added. “It’s disappointing, but that’s reality.”

His Lancer Evo IX drive in Rally Tasmania and Targa Tasmania has come courtesy of the Home Loan Centre Australia, who wanted a driver for their car for those events.

Glenney and co-driver, Bernie Webb, convincingly won Rally Tasmania, winning all but one stage against Jim Richards in his Porsche.

As was the case in the early part of the 2007 season, his absence from the ARC will be disappointing not only for Glenney, but for rally fans around the country.

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