Targa West double for Jones and GTR
- 24th August 2009, 8:45am
Steven Jones and Ruari Souter-Dawson have taken back to back titles in the Modern Competition class of QUIT Targa West in Perth today.
Jones who became the youngest winner of the event in 2008, took the win ahead of Tony Quinn (QLD)/Naomi Tillett (SA) and Dean Herridge (WA)/Chris Murphy (QLD).
Competing in a Nissan GTR 35 Jones had an early lead snatched by Tony Quinn, also in a Nissan GTR 35, during Leg 1 on Friday before re-taking the lead during Leg 2 on Saturday.
Heading into Leg 3 this morning Jones had a 22 second lead and didnâ€™t look back, taking the win and his second QUIT Targa West title by 58 seconds.
â€œThereâ€™s no way to explain this victory, itâ€™s just hard work,â€ Jones said at the finish.
â€œThose Queenslanderâ€™s (Quinn) theyâ€™re just like a dog with a bone, they donâ€™t give up. We just had to keep out foot down all weekend and he kept us honest big time, but thatâ€™s what itâ€™s all about youâ€™ve got to have competition like that.â€
South Australian Kevin Weeks has taken his first QUIT Targa West title winning the Classic Competition class by 3 minutes 11 seconds.
Weeks and co-driver Rebecca Crunkhorn made the switch from a modern Lamborghini Superleggera in QUIT Targa West 2008 to a 1975 Porsche 911 RSR in order to compete in the new Australian Classic Tarmac Competition.
â€œIt was challenging this weekend, weather wise but we had a great time out there,â€ Weeks said.
â€œWeâ€™ve had a few goes at Targa West and weâ€™ve been close a couple of times so weâ€™re really pleased that we got one.â€
Rounding out the top three in the Competition Classic class were husband and wife team David Moir/Vicki Moir (Datsun 240Z) in second and Gary Tierney/David Carra (Porsche 911 Carrera RS) in third.
Mark Conacher (Nissan GTR 35) flew his brother Andrew in from Texas to compete in the Modern Challenge and it paid off with the pairing winning the class by 3 minutes 35 seconds in a Nissan GTR 35. Robert Darrington/David Abetz (Audi S4) finished the event in second (for the second time) and husband with husband and wife team, Razvan and Ioana Vlad, (Hyundia i30 SX CRDi Turbo Diesel) third.
Rohan Green and Andrew Cutten (Porsche 911) took outright honours in the Classic Challenge class, winning by 11 minutes. Luke Reymond/John Reymond (Volkswagen Golf) and Martin Eyer/Sharon Eyer (Triumph Stag).
A record ninety-nine (99) crews contested QUIT Targa West which celebrated its fifth birthday in 2009. The event was held in the City of Perth and the surrounding shires of Kalamunda, Chittering and Toodyay.
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