Rob Balint and Peter Lane from Team Betta Warwick at a Targa Tasmania rally. Photo Mark Lewis
Rob Balint and Peter Lane from Team Betta Warwick at a Targa Tasmania rally. Photo Mark Lewis Contributed

Team Betta Warwick mixes it with the best in Targa Tasmania rally

DAY 4 REPORT from Team Betta Warwick at Targa Tasmania - Crew Rob Balint and Peter Lane

Day 4, the halfway mark of Targa Tasmania 2016. 

We have reached Strahan with the Betta Home Living Evo still powering and punching well above its weight.

Wednesday night saw the service crew work well into the night fitting a new radiator, bleeding the brakes and assorted other small repairs. The boys finished up at 12.30am.

Thursday started with three new stages to Targa Tasmania. Stage 1 was Montumana which was a great warm up stage for the day through the picturesque north west of the island. 

We managed to post a competitive time with no penalties incurred. On to Stage two, Irishtown. This is the longest of the new stages set on good quality flowing roads in gently rolling farmland. Again we posted a great time incurring only a six-second penalty.

Stage three was Edith Creek which was short but extremely technical and choked full of challenges for those that choose to attack. The Betta Evo was up to the challenge and never put a tyre wrong to post a quick time.

Lunch Thursday was in the small country village of Stanley. The locals were out in force to see the Targa ‘circus’ come to town.

Lots of children will have plenty to talk about at show and tell in school as they were treated to photos inside the race cars.

After lunch it was back to the job at hand and to Oldina. This stage is a favourite of Targa and it has the ability to end your race early.

The roads are fast and flowing and then all of a sudden a tight twisty bit of road jumps out at you.  Lots of off cambered corners either on top or just over crests kept both Robert and Peter busy.

Hellyer Gorge was next. This stage begins with a high speed blast over some hilly terrain before descending amongst the trees into the iconic Hellyer Gorge.

After winding down into the Gorge the stage crosses a bridge and then climbs up the other side.  Team Betta Warwick posted a solid 10:57 over the 20.5km section.

The day finished with the normal Mt Black and Rosebery stages on the way into Strahan. We are still on target to receive our Targa Trophy with all times posted to date under the trophy time.

As far as class position is concerned, Team Betta Warwick sits in 6th place still but we have consolidated the position and gained a little on the crew in 5th.

Tomorrow,the crews and cars get to tackle one of the longest Targa stages in the world in Mt Arrowsmith. At 58 km long it is a car and crew killer. The day will end in Hobart. 

With two days racing to go, anything could and probably will happen.

It is imperative that Team Betta Warwick buy a ticket to the last day because as everyone knows "it is not over till the fat lady sings."