White, Pye lead Tarmac Championship after two rounds
- 10th February 2010, 2:16pm
Dominant performances by both drivers at the recent Targa Wrest Point has put them clear of their rivals, however with results from only three of the four round series counting, the titles are far from decided.
Sydney motoring journalist Dean Evans, and his co-driver, Simone Bachmann, hold a commanding lead in the Showroom competition after a first and second place in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
Driving his fire breathing Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera Type R, Jason White and his co-driving uncle, John White, have now won both events in the championship.
Victory in December’s Mt Buller Sprint in Victoria, was followed by a repeat performance in the longer Targa Wrest Point in Tasmania. They now lead the modern competition by 50 points.
In equal second place are West Australian drivers Dean Herridge (Subaru Impreza WRX STI) and Steve Jones (Nissan GT-R). Jones was second at Mt Buller and third in Targa Wrest Point, while Herridge mirrored those results.
Daniel Ford has steered his Chevrolet Corvette Z06 into fourth place, while Simon Gillett is fifth in his Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
The classic competition sees Bill Pye and John Lenne with a commanding 84 point lead in their Porsche 911 Carrera RS, ahead of a brace of Ford Falcons and Cortinas.
Pye’s biggest challenge is expected to come from the similar German supercar of Rex Broadbent, however the Victorian didn’t contest Targa Wrest Point, giving his NSW rival the advantage.
That has allowed Brendan Diprose and Wayne Daly to move into second place in their 1969 Ford Falcon GTHO, followed by the 1963 Ford Cortina of Michael Arundel and Michael Verge.
Television personality Glenn Ridge is fourth in a Falcon GT, while Broadbent has slipped to equal fifth in the standings, 190 points behind Pye.
Victoria hosts the next round of the Australian Tarmac Championship, the Lake Mountain Sprint in March, before the king of tarmac events in Australia, Targa Tasmania, concludes the championship from April 27 to May 2.
With two events remaining, drivers will be intent on scoring as many points as possible in order to be crowned the inaugural Australian Tarmac Champion.
Modern point score after round 2 of 4
1. Jason White / John White, 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, 500 pts
=2. Dean Herridge / Chris Murphy, 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, 450 pts
=2. Steve Jones / Ben Searcy, 2008 Nissan GT-R, 450 pts
4. Daniel Ford / Nathalie Ford, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 384 pts
5. Simon Gillett / Kathy Norton, 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, 336 pts
6. Dean Evans / Simone Bachmann, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, 312 pts
7. Chris Long / Anne Gigney, 1996 Porsche 993 Turbo, 308 pts
8. Max Williams / Bruce Bush, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, 256 pts
9. Neill Ford / Colin Maher, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 250 pts
10. Scott Millar / Chris Dean, 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, 248 pts
Classic point score after round 2 of 4
1. Bill Pye / John Lenne, 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, 440 pts
2. Brendan Diprose / Wayne Daly, 1969 Ford Falcon GTHO, 356 pts
3. Michael Arundel / Michael Verge, 1963 Ford Cortina, 306 pts
4. Glenn Ridge / Bob Edwards, 1971 Ford Falcon GT, 292 pts
=5. Rex Broadbent / Chris Randell, 1974 Porsche 911 RS, 250 pts
=5. John Ireland / Michael Ribot, 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3, 250 pts
7. Peter Eames / Will Logan, 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, 230 pts
=8. Shane Woodman / Kyle Kastelic, 1977 Holden Torana A9X, 220 pts
=8. Geoff Duggan / Leon Duggan, 1969 Datsun 2000 Sports, 220 pts
10. Ryan Curnick / Simon Winter, 1971 Porsche 911 ST, 210 pts
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