Targa Adelaide – The day 2 that was

At about 830am I got a phone call that went a little like this: “Hey, It’s Busby, I’ve just got to my spectator point on Mt Lofty and this is your WRC style stage report. The bottom is dry, but there’s running water on the apex of a few blind corners mid way, and it’s very wet and foggy at the top”. Alright then, so it seemed yesterdays challenges wouldn’t be over.

But despite that, we were still both keen to get out onto the stage. (Thanks to Mark Williams from MWP Sports Photography for the top image!)

The first stage of the day would be Montacute, and it seems Naomi Tillett wasn’t expecting the challenge to be over either. Tony Quinn put the GTR into a creek on Montacute last time he ran the stage, so this time Naomi came prepared.

The weather was as expected when we arrived at Montacute, and would stay wet and dreary for most of the morning. We were anticipating another tough day after yesterdays challenging antics.

The rear limited slip diff was making more clunking noises than usual yesterday, so in service last night we decided to change to a different type of diff oil in an attempt to stop the noise. It worked in silencing the clunking, but to our absolute amazement it completely transformed the handing of the car. What was a difficult to drive handful in the wet yesterday was now a smooth, communicative rally car – exactly what we’ve come to expect of the 124. So much so that we put over a minute on the Powells in their Ferrari Dino 308GT4 in the wet, catching and passing them several kilometres from the finish of Montacute. 

I’m no mechanic, but from what I gather in listening to the knowledgable people talk, the old oil was increasing the tension of the clutch packs in the diff, giving us essentially a locked diff, so it’s no surprise that the 124 was a handful to drive in the wet. The new, sticky Redline oil caused it to operate as a proper LSD, making the car much friendlier to drive.

We had no sideways moments throughout the whole day, and our biggest problem was that the 124 would fog up a little while waiting on the start line. That was a problem we could live with.

We had a totally dry run through Chapel Hill, and probably the biggest moment of the day was on the last stage, Stirling, when old mate spectator got caught out running up the road and had to jump out of the way at the last minute as we came around a corner.

Just around this corner was an actual gravel rally style water splash on a small bridge. It would have been a brilliant photo, but there was nobody there to take it. Shame.

Back at Eurosport at the end of the day and other than a quick mechanical checkover, all that needed to be done was to give the car a quick wash before the Norwood Parade street party. Thanks Savis and James for braving the water in the cold!

I felt a little bad for Woody’s crew as we left to chase warmth and comfort – they were just starting a mad clutch change on the big Monaro.

Given the weather which was a little cold and wet at times, there was a good crowd of people in Norwood for the street party, further proving that if you plan the right events, people will come. We parked the 124 with the drummers and dancing girls…

… and went in for dinner at Madame Wu’s. Apologies to our service crew and friends for the terrible photos, but it’s damn near impossible to get everyone to look at the same time so I didn’t even bother.

Luke and Ruth brought Samuel along, who had a great time discovering the magical properties of glass!

Out on the street, and Mark Williams was playing around with a completely different type of glass.

There’s something about a rally car on the city streets at night that just looks so cool!

In my books the White’s are by far the coolest rally crew in Australia. Not only did they race their Gallardo while on fire at Targa High Country last year, but they love letting the crowds get up and personal with their car. What would you do if you owned a Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale rally car and were currently leading the event outright?

The only correct thing to do is to park it outside the Bath Hotel, open it up for anyone to sit in it and have drink with whoever wants to talk shop. Winning.

It looked almost sci-fi in the night time darkness.

Todays competition was sadly marred by the tragic death of a fellow competitor on the Coromandel stage, driver Adam Plate in a Lancer Evo VII. We are all aware of the risks associated with the sport we love and participate because we believe the sheer joy we derive from it outweighs the risks, and whilst I never met Adam I am sure that he would have approached the sport with the same attitude. This doesn’t justify or make todays events any easier, so I extend my sincerest condolences to Adam’s family and friends during this tough time. Rest In Peace.

Supaloc Targa Adelaide
Results after Day 2

1. Jason White / John White, 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo, 14m33s
2. Tony Quinn / Naomi Tillett, 2011 Nissan GT-R, +40s
3. Matt Selley / Hamish McKendrick, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, +3m41s
4. Peter Rullo / Simon Iseppi, 2012 Nissan GT-R, +3m49s
5. Andrew Burnard / Tim Magarch, 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, +6m47s

1. Craig Haysman / Neil Branum, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8, 23m17s
2. Barry Faux / Therezia Mihajlovic, 1979 Mazda RX7, +30s
3. Tolley Challis / Greg Flood, 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, +58s
4. Roger Paterson / Paul Whatnell, 1974 Porsche 911 RS, +1m37s
5. Nick Streckeisen / Mike Dale, 1985 Porsche 944 Turbo, +1m39s

1. Bill Brentzell / Karien Heimsohn, 1965 Shelby GT350, 20m09s
2. Rob Black / Vivek Ponnusamy, 1971 Porsche 911 S, +2m48s
=3. Jack Waldron / Vin Gregory, 1955 Fiat Abarth 750, +4m10s
=3. Andrew Bryson / Craig Milich, 1964 Hillman Imp Rallye, +4m10s
5. Richard Woodward / Neil Gibson, 1969 Holden Monaro GTS, +4m29s

1. Bruce Power / Ray Baker, 1979 Mazda RX7, 19m24s
2. Barry Faux / Therezia Mihajlovic, 1979 Mazda RX7, +04s
3. Nick Streckeisen / Mike Dale, 1985 Porsche 944 Turbo, +1m13s
4. Edward Yates / Rob McBrien, 1973 BMW 2002, +1m53s
5. Craig Haysman / Neil Branum, 1981 Triumph TR7 V8, +1m55s

1. Tim Possingham / Ben Scott, 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R, 19m55s
2. David Welling / Tristan Catford, 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI RS, +3m52s
=3. Adam Kaplan / David Kaplan, 1988 Holden Commodore HSV, +4m30s
=3. Andre Lukasz / Adam Tillett, 1994 Nissan 200 SX, +4m30s
5. Charles Nott / Henry Nott, 1998 TVR Chimaera, +6m56s

1. Greg Burrowes / Rhonda Burrowes, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, 24m43s
2. Mark Rundle / Steve Fisher, 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, +1m00s
3. Michael Flood / Nathan Green, 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, +1m50s
4. Allan Mair / Michelle Mair, 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, +6m36s

1. Glyn Crimp / Paul van der Mey, 2010 Ford Focus RS, 25m52s

1. Neill Ford / Nathalie Ford, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 28m05s

1. John Goodall / Graham Palich, 2009 Porsche Cayman, 125 points
2. Richard Davis / Bill Best, 2008 HSV W427, 200 points
3. John Amos / Cintra Amos, 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, 292 points

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