(Back, from left) Gub Balint, Troy Perrins, Mark Lewis, Rod Hohl, (front) Rob Balint and Peter Lane.
(Back, from left) Gub Balint, Troy Perrins, Mark Lewis, Rod Hohl, (front) Rob Balint and Peter Lane. Contributed

Warwick finish in Targa Tasmania

TEAM Betta Warwick are on the way home after a Targa Tasmania week which had its up and downs.

The bottom line for every participant in Targa Tasmania is to be classified as finishers, a great achievement.

Receiving the official finishers' medals is high on the list of sporting achievements for many rally participants, including the Warwick pair

The team of Rob Balint and Peter Lane were penalised early in the rally for going faster than the suggested time in one stage and then had difficulties for two days with an alternator.

They battled on with great support from a pit/road crew of four, particularly after they realised another alternator for the Mitsubishi Evo wasn't available in Tasmania.

The final two days went well with some of the toughest and most interesting stages in Targa Tasmania.

Commenting on their performance in the 2015 event, Lane said they started every stage and finished all but one.

"I now understand why people say this event is the hardest tarmac rally in the world to complete every stage," Lane said.

"I suppose that is why the slogan for the event is the ultimate tarmac rally," he said.

Lane said without the service crew of Gub, Troy, Mark and Rod, they could not live their dream and compete in the event.

"So now it begins all over again for the 25th anniversary rally next year."

High point

Day 5: One of the longest stages of the event is Mt Arrowsmith, 53 kms and about 550 instructions from navigator to driver. A good stage for Team Betta Warwick and another competitive time.