Rob Balint and Peter Lane from Team Betta Warwick at a Targa Tasmania Rally.
Rob Balint and Peter Lane from Team Betta Warwick at a Targa Tasmania Rally. Contributed

Team Betta Warwick in top six in Targa Tasmania

RALLY DRIVING: Warwick driver Rob Balint and navigator Peter Lane are in sixth place in Team Betta Warwick after day 2 of Targa Tasmania.

The team travelled east to St Helens for lunch and then back to Launceston.

The field of Early Modern cars, 32 in total, seems to be the one of the biggest and most hotly contested fields in the history of the event.

The first stage of the day was the challenging stage of The Sideling. Team Betta Warwick posted a solid time that was 5th in class. 

Lane said they were happy with this time considering that the stage claimed a number of competitors that were caught out by the tricky combinations of corners that seemed to run together.

“The rally then moved onto Legerwood and Moorina and again we were solid in our performance, posting times that were 5th and 7th respectively,” Lane said.

“The car was then serviced by Gub, Mark and Rod on the transport leg to Weldborough Pass. The fuel strategy was spot on and the Betta Evo took exactly the amount of fuel that was expected.”

The rally moved on to Weldborough Pass and then Pyengana.

“It seems that 5th fastest is our place as the times were posted reflected this,” Lane said.

Lunch was at the fishing township of St Helens in the car park of the marina. After lunch the event moved towards Elephant Pass for a stage where the Warwick pair just missed the top three.

Rossarden was the last stage of the day.

Lane said the local council decided to reseal this section with a new spray seal which saw a lot of loose stones left on the racing surface and the car was skating a lot.

“Robert managed to get the car through that tricky section with only a couple of OMG’s from me,” Lane said.

The end of day results showed that Team Betta Warwick was in 6th place and only 17 seconds from a podium spot. All in all, a good days results considering that this event is a marathon with still a lot of racing to go.