Rob Balint and Peter Lane from Team Betta Warwick on day 1 of Targa Tasmania. Photo Mark Lewis
Rob Balint and Peter Lane from Team Betta Warwick on day 1 of Targa Tasmania. Photo Mark Lewis Contributed

Team Betta posting competitive times

TEAM Betta Warwick performed well and posted some very competitive times in the Targa Tasmania rally, actually too competitive it would seem than expected but more on that later.

There were only four stages raced yesterday with one being the highly competitive Georgetown super special stage.

The first stage of the day saw us travel north from Launceston to Legana for a 5.25km stage.

Our team posted the fastest time in class however there was a minimum time allowed for this stage and unfortunately we bettered that minimum time, yes we went too fast, and as a result incurred a 5-minute penalty.

Stage two saw us move on to Holwell and again the car and crew performed well in posting a very fast time and not incurring any penalties.

Stage three took us along the very scenic Kayena stage where we again were fast and consistent.

The super special stage of Georgetown was started at about 1 pm in beautiful warm weather and Team Betta Warwick posted a time that was in the top-10 of our class, so both Rob and I are happy with the performance of the car. 

It must be noted that the Lions Club of Georgetown did a fantastic job in providing lunch to all the competitors.

The only complaint that Rob had with the car was that there was a slight vibration through the brake pedal and Gub, Troy, Rod and Mark fitted some new brake pads.

Our thoughts were that because the old pads were getting a bit low, they were getting too hot and causing a vibration through discs and pedal.  Tomorrow will tell.

So today was a mixed day with some good results and a penalty that has sat Team Betta Warwick back in the field. 

We officially sit in 16th place, but be assured that there will be a protest lodged on Saturday afternoon after the completion of the event in relation to the penalty.

Last night was Targafest at Silverdome where the public are invited to view the race cars up close and talk to the competitors.

Today we complete four stages to the north west of Launceston to lunch at Devonport and then a further four stages back to Launceston.

Let's hope tomorrow brings some good results with fast times and better fortunes.