Warwick car in great position in Targa Tasmania
RALLY DRIVING: Team Betta Warwick has moved up to fourth in class after day 3 of Targa Tasmania.
At the start of the day, the team of driver Rob Balint and navigator Peter Lane was sixth in class and 32nd overall.
They finished the day 24th overall and fourth in class.
Their performance is outstanding in a field of 116 in the most prestigious rally in the world.
This year, both driver and navigator have been joined on Targa Tasmania and in the pits by sons Chris Balint and Nicholas Lane, both of whom compete in motorsport in their own right. They have a support crew of six.
DAY 3 REPORT FROM TEAM:
Day 3 has drawn to a close. The 116 strong competition field as well as the 70 tour cars left Launceston and travelled north west to Burnie.
First stage of the day was Moriarty which was a 5km blast to get us all warmed up.
After that we made our way to Paloona. This stage claimed a couple of fellow competitors as it is a tight and twisty 16km stretch of road.
Team Betta Warwick posted solid times, inside the top 10, in both of the stages.
We then moved on to lunch at Railton and then probably the hardest afternoon of Targa Tasmania 2017.
Five stages were competed in after lunch, and none of them were easy ones.
Sheffield was first, followed by the infamous Cethana. This is 38km long and the road winds its way over two mountain ranges with lots of corners and long straights.
It didn't get any easier with Castra and then Gunns Plains.
Gunns Plains is one of the signature stages of Targa Tasmania and I think all competitors enjoy this stage even though it is very hard on cars and crews alike.
Again Team Betta Warwick posted solid times and we left these stages satisfied that we had done the best we could.
The final stage of the day was Riana and Team Betta Warwick posted a great time that was 5th fastest in class.
The day did not go without problems.
The Team Betta Warwick Mitsubishi Evo suffered some brake pedal loss and therefore the confidence of both driver and navigator was affected.
The brake pedal would go long about halfway through a stage and it would leave Rob guessing as to whether he would be able to pull the car up for the tighter corners.
It would seem that the brake fluid is getting hot due to the heavy braking in the race stages.
The Service Crew will work on the car overnight in an attempt to solve this problem.
It was suggested that all the brake fluid be bled from the system and replaced with fresh fluid.
As far as positioning is concerned, Team Betta Warwick is now sitting in 4th place in class and 24th overall. An improvement from the start of the day when the team was 6th in class and 32nd overall.
Thursday will see the entire field travel southwards with an overnight stay at Strahan.