Inkster/Winn not slowing down

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Runaway Targa New Zealand leader Glenn Inkster and co-driver Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) have no plans to slow down on the final day of the six-day Auckland-Palmerston North event tomorrow.

Despite leading from the start of the 21st annual tarmac motor rally in Auckland on Monday, and arriving in Havelock North this evening with a lead of over nine minutes over former winner Tony Quinn and his co-driver Naomi Tillett (Nissan GT-R35), Inkster says it will be pedal to the metal for the final eight stages tomorrow.

“It’s too much fun going fast,” last year’s South Island event winner said after today’s marathon six-stage run which took the 60-strong field from a wet Manawatu to a dry Hawke’s Bay via Taihape and a two-stage run across the iconic Gentle Annie road.

With 231 kms to go from Havelock North to the finish tomorrow in Palmerston North the event is far from over. And Inkster and Winn could be forgiven for backing off to conserve their lead.

But that, the Pukekohe driver says, is not part of the plan.

“If you think of it like a rugby game,” he said, “the worst thing a team can do if it is in front is back off. It is the same with us. If we backed off now we would be asking for trouble.”

Despite another long day the running order remained largely the same today with Inkster and Winn retaining their commanding class and overall lead over Quinn and Tillett and Modern 2WD class leaders Martin Dippie and Jona Grant (Porsche 911 GT3).

Bevan Claridge and Campbell Tannock (Holden Commodore V8) are in a similar position to Inkster and Winn in the Metalman Classic 2WD class. With main rivals Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand (BMW M3) out of the event with a blown motor on Thursday, Claridge and Tannnock now have a 12 minute lead in their class over Australian husband and wife pair Keith and Mary-Anne Callinan (Ford Escort RS1800), and are seventh overall.

It’s closer in Modern 2WD where Martin Dippie and Jona Grant have a three minute lead over Steven Kirk-Burnnand and Mick Hay (BMW 318T1 Compact), with the big mover in that class today, Perth-based Kiwi Robert Darrington and Auckland co-driver David Abetz (BMW M3).

Today’s longer, more open stages really suited Darrington’s BMW and he and Abetz are now third in class and an impressive sixth overall after displacing Grant Aitken and Caroline Cullimore (Toyota 86 RC)

The 21st annual Targa NZ event now heads west for the finish at Palmerston North (at the city’s Square) on Saturday October 31.

Information on both is available on the event website or in the latest copy of NZ Classic Car magazine.


Andrew Simms Allcomers 4WD

1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn (2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) 05:49:13

2. Tony Quinn/Naomi Tillett (2008 Nissan GTR) 05:58:49

3. Brian Green/Fleur Pedersen (2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS) 06:17:17

4. David Rogers/Aidan Kelly (2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X RS) 06:21:40

5. Graeme Wong/Kim Blatchley (1998 Subaru Impreza Type R) 06:44:06

6. Jeff McCandless/Marcella Mumm (2010 Subaru WRX ST1) 06:52:38

Metalman Classic 2WD

1. Bevan Claridge/Campbell Tannock (1992 Holden Commodore) 06:19:52

2. Keith Callinan/Mary Anne Callinan (1977 Ford Escort RS1800) 06:31:34

3. Bruce Farley/Glen Warner (1986 BMW 325i) 06:38:54

4. Ashton Wood/Chris Lancaster (1976 Ford Escort RS1800) 06:40:55

5. Carl Kirk-Burnnand/Scott Hay (1991 BMW 325i) 06:41:49

6. Bernie Hiestand/Jilly Hutson (1983 Ford Capri 2.8i) 06:47:59 Modern 2WD

1. Martin Dippie/Jona Grant (2007 Porsche GT3 RS) 06:08:14

2. Steven Kirk-Burnnand/Mick Hay (1994 BMW 318ti) 06:11:59

3. Robert Darrington/David Abetz (2002 BMW M3) 06:18:46

4. Grant Aitken/Caroline Cullimore (2013 Toyota 86 RC) 06:20:57

5. Matt Todd/Dan Reichenbach (2008 BMW M3) 06:21:26

6. Chris Lewis/Kieran Anstis (2013 Toyota TR86) 06:32:51


1. Glenn Inkster/Spencer Winn 05:49:13

2. Tony Quinn/Naomi Tillett 05:58:49

3. Martin Dippie/Jona Grant 06:08:14

4. Steven Kirk-Burnnand/Mick Hay 06:11:59

5. Brian Green/Fleur Pedersen 06:17:17

6. Robert Darrington/David Abetz 06:18:46

7. Bevan Claridge/Campbell Tannock 06:19:52

8. Grant Aitken/Caroline Cullimore 06:20:57

9. Matt Todd/Dan Reichenbach 06:21:26

10. David Rogers/Aidan Kelly 06:21:40

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