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Local hope Jason White is on track to take his fourth victory in Targa Tasmania, after a brilliant drive on the penultimate day saw him increase his lead by more than half a minute across the day’s 132 competitive kilometres.

The Lamborghini Gallardo driver was outright fastest on five of the day’s eight tarmac stages and now leads by 57 seconds with one day to go, as second placed Steve Glenney, in his Nissan GT-R, struggled to keep pace with his arch rival.

The overnight leader in Classic Outright, Greg Garwood, retired his Holden Torana A9X with engine problems late in the day, leaving Craig Haysman (1981 Triumph TR7 V8) and Donn Todd (1971 Ford Capri Perana) separated by just 32 seconds, fighting it out for victory on the run to Hobart on the final day.

Television personality, Grant Denyer, is the leader of the Showroom competition in his Renault Megane RS 250.

Day four of Targa Tasmania took the field from Strahan to Burnie and back, on the testing roads in the state’s north-west.

Jason White has had anything but a trouble-free event in his Italian supercar, but he still looks the man most likely to hold up the winner’s trophy when the event reaches Hobart on Sunday.

After electrical and differential problems on previous days, fuel problems hampered the Lamborghini on day four, but still White dominated proceedings.

“We had a faulty oxygen sensor which caused fuel to get into the oil, but we fixed that and we’ll give it a full oil change tonight,” White said.

“Other than that we’ve had a good afternoon. We’re happy with our lead at this point.”

Glenney has struggled on the early morning stages this year, not being able to get enough heat into the Nissan’s tyres, but despite this, White has proven too strong so far.

“We’ve got our own issues at the moment and you never know what can happen,” Glenney said. “Not that I wish that on Jason (White) at all, but you never know – it’s an endurance race and you just have to keep pushing to the end.”

South Australia’s Matt Sims retained third place in his Nissan GT-R. The only change in the top five was Frank Purdey (Nissan GT-R) moving ahead of Targa legend Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT2 RS), with just 16 seconds separating the two.

Hobart’s Greg Garwood looked set to take a convincing Classic Outright victory in his 1977 Holden Torana A9X, but his lead of over three minutes disappeared with the oil pressure on his engine in the day’s sixth stage.

That left Craig Haysman in front in his 1981 Triumph TR7 V8 and Queenslander, Donn Todd (1971 Ford Capri Perana), fighting for the spoils.

“We’re still having gearbox issues and we’re leaking a bit of oil, which is why Donn (Todd) has taken a bit of time back out of us today, but hopefully we can get it fixed tonight,” Haysman said.

In the other categories, Subaru driver Angus Kennard leads 4WD Showroom after Ben Newman had a mechanical problem early in the day; Michael Pritchard is nearly a minute clear in Early Modern; and Daniel Ford’s Chevrolet Corvette is a narrow leader in Showroom Sports.

The Early Classic Handicap competition is easily led by Peter Ullrich (1963 Jensen CV8), with Leigh Achterberg (1980 Porsche 944) a minute ahead in Late Classic.

The fifth and final day of the 22nd Targa Tasmania will see the remaining competitors leave Strahan and head for Hobart over six tarmac stages. The day includes the longest stage of the event, the 58.55 kilometre Mt Arrowsmith test, before the finish at Hobart’s Wrest Point on Sunday afternoon.

Targa Tasmania - provisional results after Day 4 of 5

RDA Brakes Modern

1. Jason White/John White, 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale
2. Steve Glenney/Bernie Webb, 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec-V, +57s
3. Matt Sims/Denis Sims, 2013 Nissan GT-R, +5m41s
4. Frank Purdey/Cameron Reeves, 2009 Nissan GT-R, +7m59s
5. Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS +8m15s

Shannons Classic Outright

1. Craig Haysman/Neil Branum, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8
2. Donn Todd/ Dean Tighe. 1971 Ford Perana Capri, +32s
3. John Ireland/Michael Ribot, 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +1m14s
4. Paul Stuart/Mick Herrod, 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +12m37s
5. Paul Freestone/Christine Freestone, 1948 Holden 215, +14m39s

RDA Brakes Showroom 2WD

1. Grant Denyer/Dale Moscatt, 2011 Renault Megane RS 250
2. Bunjamin Noor/Lee Challoner-Miles, 2011 Renault Megane RS 250, +11m07s
3. Nick Strange/Ian Cudmore, 2011 Renault Megane RS 250, +14m06s

RDA Brakes 4WD Showroom

1. Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler, 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX
2. Greg Burrowes/Rhonda Burrowes, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, +14m43s
3. Michael Minshall/Kirrilee Gentleman, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, +17m18s

RDA Brakes Early Modern

1. Michael Pritchard/Gary Mourant, 2003 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2. Ben Manion/Damian Roach, 1990 Nissan Skyline GTS-t, +32s
3. Stephen Thatcher/Kelly Handley, 1994 Nissan ATTKD Select R SP, +4m56s

RDA Brakes Showroom Sports

1. Daniel Ford/Nathalie Ford, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2. Neill Ford/Colin Maher, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, +13s
3. Craig Dean/Emma Quigley, 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, +12m15s

Shannons Early Classic Handicap

1. Peter Ullrich/Sari Ullrich, 1963 Jensen CV8
2. Andrew White/Ashley Yeilds, 1961 Volvo 122S, +6m54s
3. Paul Freestone/Christine Freestone, 1948 Holden 215, +12m46s

Shannons Late Classic Handicap

1. Leigh Achterberg/Greg Fitzgerald, 1980 Porsche 944
2. John Ireland/Michael Ribot, 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, +1m04s
3. Craig Haysman/Neil Branum, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8, +4m56s

Shannons Classic Florio Handicap

1. Drew Kent/Ella Kent, 1971 Ford Falcon GT
2. Phillip Blake/John Blake, 1964 Fiat Abarth GT 1600, +38m03s
3. David Currow/Colin Carati, 1965 Steyr Puch TR Europa, +47m45s

RDA Brakes Regularity

1. Phil Frith/David Frith, Porsche Boxter S, 75 points
2. Martin Duursma/Marc Sobbel, BMW M3, 106 points
3. Andrew Clingeleffer/David Rust, Ford FPV GT, 126 points
4. Peter Pisko/Rod Barnett, Nissan 350Z Track, 155 points
5. Scott Newman/Ellen Dewar, Toyota 86 GTS, 196 points
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