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A last minute entry by 2009 winner, Rex Broadbent, has added a new dimension to the battle for outright Classic honours at this year’s Targa Tasmania.

Broadbent, in his 1974 Porsche Carrera RS, has been consistently at the pointy end of the field at Targa for over recent years.

It looked like he was going to miss this year’s event, but a last minute change of heart means he will be a strong contender once again.

Broadbent is doing his bit to lower the expectations others might have of his 2010 campaign.

“I have only just put my entry in on the very last day and only driven in a hillclimb since the last Targa Tasmania, so I will be bit rusty to start with,” Broadbent admitted.

“I’ve just retired from CSIRO and have been getting my life in order, buying another house and acquired an extremely rare Porsche 993 to play with, so I have not had any time to do much to the Carrera RS that I usually run.

“I hope that the clutch will last the distance as it has now done three Targas.”

His navigator for 2010 is Chris Randall, an old friend and very experienced co-driver.
 
Broadbent reckons that the man to watch in the Shannon’s Classic section is Peter Eames, also in a 1974 Porsche Carrera RS.  Navigated by Will Logan, Broadbent is convinced that Eames, having won Targa Wrest Point in January, is on a roll, and will be on the podium this year.
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