Local rally fans will be throwing their support behind the Hobart duo of Adrian ‘Mozza’ Morrisby and Dave French when the second Targa Wrest Point gets under way next week (January 30 and 31).

Driving a 1975 Holden Gemini painted in the traditional Holden Dealer Team colours of the 1970s, the pair is hoping for a repeat of their fifth placing in last year’s classic component of the event.

“Fifth place and the first four-cylinder car home last year was a great result, so the plan is to get out there and enjoy it again,” Morrisby said.

“If the luck comes our way then we’ll grab it with both hands – and that luck would involve rain falling on the weekend of the rally.”

With tyre choice critical in the two-day, 210 competitive kilometre tarmac rally, the Hobart auto parts recycler has chosen ‘super soft’ Bridgestone tyres for the Gemini, hoping that his gamble pays off.

“I’ve been doing a bit of a rain jig in order to bring on the rain we need, because if the weather’s dry the tyres will turn to mush in around 10 kilometres,” he explained.

“We’ve also fitted some new three-way adjustable shock absorbers to the car for this event, and we’re confident that the improved handling will give the car a much more stable feel at high speed.

“Chasing the big V8s and Porsches in the classic class isn’t easy, but with the tyre and suspension package we’ve chosen we’re quite confident of being able to mix it with them.”

Co-driver Dave French has been working hard on fine tuning and perfecting their pacenotes for Targa Wrest Point, while team members Jon Fitzgerald and Troy Johnson have the car in tip-top condition for their local rally.

Morrisby and French’s Maxboost Motorsport Gemini has received sponsorship support for Targa Wrest Point from Molecule cleaning products, Bendigo Tyre and Rally Centre, Vandenberg Pacenotes and Mobil South Hobart.

Starting and finishing at Wrest Point in Hobart, day one of Targa Wrest Point will see competitors tackle seven Targa stages with a competitive distance of 127 kilometres, while a further seven tests and 83 competitive kilometres will conclude the event on day two.

The second running of the event has attracted 163 entries from seven different countries. Targa Wrest Point is open to modern, showroom and classic cars. Last year’s event injected more than $3 million into the southern Tasmanian economy.

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