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Grant Denyer has produced a strong performance on the opening day of the SunCoast Classic to be well placed at the top of the field and ready to challenge over the remaining two days of the event.

Denyer, driving the Les Walkden Rallying-prepared Subaru Impreza WRX, is in second place on the provisional results after the opening ten stages across 69 competitive kilometres.

Leading the way is Ray Vandersee in his 2004 Skelta G-Force, 24.9 seconds clear of the star of "It Takes Two" star.

Denyer is keeping good company at the top of the leaders’ board. He is 9.2 seconds clear of Matt Close (2001 Porsche Turbo), 34.4 seconds clear of Tony Quinn (Porsche 997 Turbo), and has a 45.5 second buffer over Jim Richards (2007 Porsche GT3 RS).

Denyer was delighted with his opening day.

“We had a ripper of a day, absolute ripper” Denyer said.

“To line-up along side people like Jim Richards, who is the absolute master of this game, was a highlight. We believed in our machinery, pushed hard and actually toppled him on a couple of occasions, which was great.”

“It was really bumpy out there but the Les Walkden Subaru was brilliant at absorbing a lot of the impacts at high speed.”

“We tweaked things for the afternoon which improved things even further and it was a really pleasant car to drive.”

“The roads here are very narrow, very fast, a lot of downhill in top gear and very cresty.”

“Notes are vital and luckily I’ve got Dale (Moscatt) sitting in the car next to me calling them and he’s one of the best in the business.”

“I’ve put my trust in him and its going really well.”

“Where we are quite quick is on the bumpy stuff and through the windy sections, so we need more of that over the final two days.”

The inaugural SunCoast Classic continues tomorrow with a further eight stages across 60 competitive kilometres with a final seven stages and 44 kilometres on Sunday.
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