Western Australia

2017 Semi-finals

2017 Semi-finals

15/08/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 23768252
Two hat tricks, Major finishes on top and Holden wins classic battle

Two hat tricks, Major finishes on top and Holden wins classic battle

14/08/2017, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Targa West, Article # 23751558
Winner of Competition Modern Peter Major / Ben Searcy. Photo: CMR Photographic

Two hat tricks, Major finishes on top and Holden wins classic battle 

Patchy rain and a storm forecast didn’t deter hundreds of motorsport fans who flocked to Malaga and also the City, lining Victoria Avenue and Riverside Drive to cheer on Quit Targa West competitors as they crossed the finish line on the last stage of Perth’s premier tarmac rally.
 
Day 4 started in Malaga with an exciting 9-kilometre street stage run three times, with crowds entertained by the smoking sideways action of Australian Drift Grand Prix cars in between stages.
 
From Malaga, competitors tackled the final three stages, the 2.15 kilometre Targa City Sprint Stage which challenged competitors with its superkhana-style design that commanded precision driving before demonstrating the full extent of their power along the long straight of Riverside Drive.
 
Peter Major in Modern Competition category and Sharon Gunson in Modern Challenge category were both on a hat trick this year, going for their third consecutive win. The battle everyone was watching was in the Classic Competition between Ford and Holden respective drivers, Simon Gunson a two-time Targa West winner and Mick Bray.
 
Competitors are divided into Competition and Challenge categories with classes for Modern and Classic cars in each. The Challenge category is for showroom style or non-roll caged vehicles. Vehicles manufactured earlier than 1985 are classed as Classic and the Modern class for vehicles manufacture from 1986 onwards. There’s also an award for the Quit Targa West Rallye Rookie (first timer).
 
 
Competition Modern
 
Driving most of Quit Targa West without ABS in his 2004 Porsche 996, braking was extremely tricky particularly in wet conditions for Peter Major. Undeterred, he and co-driver Ben Searcy finished fastest, taking the top step on the podium.
 
Coming into the event on a hat trick, Major said he was thrilled with a win, this one his fifth at Targa West.
 
Leading by 29 seconds at the start of the final day, Quit Targa West was Major’s to lose.
 
“I’m really happy and I’m stoked to be going out on a high,” said Major, referring to his earlier announcement that this would be his last Targa West as he shifts his focus to his young family, business and other motorsport pursuits.
 
“It feels awesome, there’s been lots of emotion with this rally – lots of changing conditions and we’ve had issues with no ABS, aquaplaning on the wet stages and a few other niggling things we’ve had to nurse most of the rally – so it’s good to finish,” the 32-year-old father of two said.
 
Major joked and said that if no one buys his winning 2004 Porsche 996 he could be back next year and ‘do a John Farnham and keep coming back’.
 
Major / Searcy held off Peter Rullo and James Marquet all rally, finishing 24 seconds faster.
 
Rullo / Marquet in their 2012 Nissan GTR pushed hard all rally trying to catch Major after losing time on Friday’s opening stage. They managed to claw back more than half of the deficit but it wasn’t enough to take the top step, thus finished second.
 
“We were on the limit that’s for sure. This morning, every road was different with the wet weather, patches of sun drying the roads, some roads had more grip than others, but the car has been performing well, hasn’t missed a beat,” Rullo said.
 
Rullo said he was happy to have completed every stage of Quit Targa West after being plagued with mechanic issues every year since 2011.
 
“I’m happy we finished and I’d like to thank the crew for making the car reliable – we’ve been chasing this for a while now and although we came here to win, second is a pretty good result, in fact my best result to date,” said Rullo, who finished third at Targa West in 2010.
 
Finishing third and also taking the Targa Cup win was Will White and Matt Thompson in their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, supported by Store Local.
 
“I’m ecstatic! The car has held together well, the service crew has done a great job and my navigator has done a good job,” a jovial White said.
 
“Yesterday, the car was smoking like chimney – we changed the oil using a different brand and it stopped.  Everything has just come together well, so I’m very happy.
 
“After winning Targa South West and a few Targa Rally Sprints events, taking the Targa Cup title here is just brilliant.”
 
The Targa Cup is awarded to the top placed rally driver who has competed in the new tarmac series that includes in its portfolio of events Targa Sprints and Targa South West.
 
Motorsport legend Jim Richards and his co-driver Barry Oliver had a great time at Targa West, finishing in ninth place.
 
“We enjoy Targa West and come here for Shannons. I like the shorter stages and the fact they are run multiple times – you improve with each run. It’s a well organised event, the locals are friendly and Barry and I always have a good time here,” the seven-time Bathurst winner and four-time Australian Touring Car Champion said.

Overall
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 58 MAJOR
SEARCY
Porsche
996 Turbo
2:07:36
+
2 62 RULLO
MARQUET
Nissan
R35 GTR
2:08:00
+00:24
3 34 WHITE
THOMPSON
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo 9
2:09:05
+01:29
 
 
Competition Classic
 
The rivalry between Ford and Holden continued with a fierce battle in the Competition Classic category.
 
Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti in their 1971 Ford Capri Perana started Leg 3 with a 12-second lead over rivals Mick Bray and Daniel Bray in their 1975 Holden Torana.
 
During Malaga’s opening stage, the heavens opened and rain bucketed down during Gunson’s run, forcing him to back off the pace, while Bray / Bray had a relatively dry run going flat out to finish 16 seconds faster.
 
Trailing by 7 seconds, Gunson / Armenti spent the remainder of the day pushing hard trying to close the gap on the Bray brothers.
 
Mick Bray said that he went into today with a plan.
 
“If we wanted to win, we had to go hard this morning and come out really fast, so that’s what we did. However, I lost a bit of time when I clipped a gutter in the second stage today so stopped pushing then,” Bray said.
 
“The battle with Gunson was good fun but intense and I’m really happy with a win,” Bray said.
 
This is the first time Bray has finished Quit Targa West; his previous attempt in 2012 was a DNF.
 
The Bray brothers finished 9 seconds ahead of two-time Targa winners Gunson / Armenti.
 
“We’ve had a ball and the battle with Bray came down to the wire,” Gunson said.
 
“The weather played a part and we pushed to catch him but and I only ever drive to my ability and don’t take too many risks – if the results come they come. I’m happy with our results,” the Ford Capri driver said.
 
In third place is 11-time Targa West veteran Simon Lingford and Avril Curtis in their 1973 Datsun 240Z.  
 
Lingford, who in this car was the fastest privateer in the London to Sydney Marathon in 2000, said he was very happy to finish.
 
“We’ve managed lots of issues and managed to keep the car going until the end, so I’m delighted. We’ve had no instruments – no speedo, no taco, no oil pressure and the rest since Thursday night. We’ve had gearbox issues that we’ve had to nurse and a misfire that we couldn’t locate, so it’s an achievement just to finish, and amazing to finish third. I loved all the stages and we’ve a great time,” Lingford said.
 
Overall
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 5 BRAY
BRAY
Holden
Torana
2:13:43
+
2 16 GUNSON
ARMENTI
Ford
Capri Perana
2:13:52
+00:09
3 78 LINGFORD
CURTIS
Datsun
240Z
2:19:00
+05:17
 
 
Challenge Classic 
 
Celebrating a hat trick, Sharon Gunson and co-driver Helen Lunsmann of GTi Girls Racing in a 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7 is the most successful all-female team in Targa West’s history.
 
Dubbed the ‘Challenge Queen’ by her husband Simon Gunson, this is her fourth Targa West win. 
 
Sharon said that their plan was to cruise today and defend their lead over rookies Nick Bailey and Kyle O’Neil in a 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
 
“It’s spectacular to have a hat trick!” Sharon Gunson said.
 
“We’ve been really lucky with the weather and Helen has done a great job with the notes. Overall it’s been amazing and I feel fantastic.”
 
Second place in Challenge Modern category were rookies Nick Bailey and Kyle O’Neil in a 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2:40 minutes behind.
 
Overall
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 66c GUNSON
LUNSMANN
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo 7
2:24:10
+
2 R33c BAILEY
O'NEIL
Volkswagen
Golf GTI
2:26:50
+02:40
 
 
Challenge Classic 
 
In the Challenge Classic, a category for showroom or non-roll caged cars manufactured before 1986, Justin Gan and Greg Levene took title honours in their 1978 Porsche 911SC. 
 
Steve Cherry and Glyn Crimp finished second in their bright red 1982 Toyota Starlet. And in third place, was Bob Fisher with his son co-driver Robbie Fisher in their 1967 Triumph TR4a.
 
Overall
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 8c GAN
LEVENE
Porsche
911SC
2:37:00
+
2 44c CHERRY
CRIMP
Toyota
Starlet
2:44:44
+7:44
3 14c FISHER
FISHER
Triumph
TR4a
(-4) 2:51:03
+
 
 
Rallye Rookie
 
The Rallye Rookie titles are awarded to competitors doing their first Targa rally.
 
Rallye Rookie
  Driver Co-driver
Competition Modern Dennis Heller Keian Guy
Competition Classic - -
Challenge Modern Nick Bailey Kyle O’Neil
Challenge Classic - -
2 Day Rallye Wayne Henderson Brett Gascoigne

 
 
Targa Tour
 
New this year was the Targa Tour, a spirited drive behind a lead car along the same stages the competitors race, albeit not timed. All that’s required to participate is a road car and a helmet. It’s designed to give those interested in tarmac rallying a taste of the sport.
 
Targa Tour leader and rally champion Dean Herridge said the group had a good time.
 
“Rally is a specialised sport and the Targa Tour is great entry level way for people to learn about rallying. There’s no pressure, you don’t need a heap of gear and it’s good value,” Herridge said.
 
“The spirit and camaraderie in the rally community is something special and it’s what keeps so many of us in the sport for so long – it was wonderful to share that with those in the Targa Tour.
 
“My wife Natalie was my co-driver on the tour and that was her first experience in the hot seat - we had a ball. It’s always nice to spend time with my wife,” Herridge said with a smile.
 
 
About Quit Targa West 
 
The 13th Quit Targa West has attracted 64 rally teams in a mix of performance, classic and exotic vehicles.
 
Competitors raced the clock on 34 stages over 242 kilometres in Malaga, Wanneroo, Whiteman Park, Kalamunda, Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook before the finale on Sunday 13th August at the City of Perth Super Stage and Shannons Classics car display adjacent to Langley Park on the Terrace Road car park.
 
Spectating was free and all 34 stages feature a number of locations where the public can witness prime motorsport action.
 
For more information visit www.targawest.com.au and www.facebook.com/targawest.
 

END
Winners Major / Searcy. Photo: CMR Photographic
Peter Rullo / James Marquet, 2nd Competition Modern. Photo: CMR Photographic
Bray / Bray, 1975 Holden Torana, Winner Competition Classic. Photo: CMR Photographic
Winner of Challenge Modern Sharon Gunson / Helen Lunsmann. Photo: CMR Photographic
White / Thompson, 3rd place in Modern. Photo: Barnies Photos
Gunson / Armenti, 2nd in Competition Classic. Photo: CMR Photographic
Gan / Levene, winners Challenge Classic. Photo: CMR Photographic
Lingford / Curtis, third Competition Classic. Photo: CMR Photographic
Fisher / Fisher third Challenge Classic. Photo: CMR Photographic
Co-driver Ben Searcy. Photo: Barnsies Photos
Memo to The ARU From Dunsborough Dung Beetles

Memo to The ARU From Dunsborough Dung Beetles

13/08/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 23739305

Well readers, tomorrow looms as another big day in the Super Rugby saga when the Force fightback begins in the Supreme Court.
But before heading back to the heartland of community rugby this afternoon for day two of the club semi-finals, your columnist thought it was worth trying to clarify a couple of issues which the crowd at The Foreshore yesterday couldn’t make any sense of.
So here’s a couple of questions for the eight members of the ARU Board (pictured below) who on Friday decided to axe the Force from Super Rugby. Of course, there were nine members on the ARU Board before Geoff Stooke, who was sidelined by his fellow Board members, quit in disgust and claimed his former board colleagues had presided over a “totally corrupt process.”

Cameron Clyne
Brett Robinson
Bill Pulver
Elizabeth Broderick

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Eales
Pip Marlow
Paul McLean
Ann Sherry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question 1:

Billionaire Andrew Forrest has revealed he rang ARU chairman Cameron Clyne personally last week to confirm he would stand behind the Force financially, thus ensuring the Force would be sustainable as a Super Rugby team without the need for any further financial assistance from the ARU. Given that revelation, how could it be possible for the ARU to base its case for axing the Force on financial reasons?

Question 2:

With reference to Question 1 above, on what possible basis or criteria did the ARU deem that the Rebels stacked up financially ahead of the Force? As it stands, the Rebels are incurring significant operating losses, they have no sponsors and they are now owned by an organisation (the Victorian Rugby Union1) which has no financial capacity to run a Super Rugby team. Where is the financial plan from the Rebels upon which the ARU deemed them to be financially superior to a team backed by one of Australia’s richest men?

Question 3:
Given that the ARU based its decision to axe the Force on financial grounds, can the ARU confirm no further financial funding will be provided to the Rebels throughout the Super Rugby competition?

Question 4:
The ARU claimed last week it was kept completely in the dark when the Rebels private owner Andrew Cox transferred ownership of the team to the VRU for $1. However, Wayne Smith reported in The Weekend Australian that “it was now becoming clear that the ARU actively worked to bring it about.” If that is true, then the ARU stands accused of actively working to ensure the Rebels were safe from the ARU axe, at the expense of the Force, while publically denying any knowledge. So did the ARU or its lawyers Clayton Utz have any role in the Cox-VRU deal or not

Question 5:
Did any member of the ARU Board or executive management team have any knowledge that SANZAAR planned to cut an Australian Super Rugby team when the alliance agreement was signed with the Force?

Question 6:
Andrew Forrest has called for the entire Board of the ARU to resign, a call echoed by many others including former Wallabies Jeremy Paul and Nathan Sharpe. In light of that, do the members of the ARU Board believe they have the confidence and support of the Australian rugby community?

Stay tuned for the responses….
Footnote1: For those of you wondering about the reference to the Dunsborough Dung Beetles in the headline, check out Dave Pusey’s column in The Sunday Times today.

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Classic Ford versus Holden battle on Day 3 of Quit Targa West

Classic Ford versus Holden battle on Day 3 of Quit Targa West

13/08/2017, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Targa West, Article # 23732710
Gunson / Armenti, 1971 Ford Capri Perana lead Classics by 12 seconds. Photo: CMR Photographic

Classic Ford versus Holden battle on Day 3 of Quit Targa West 

Day 3 of Quit Targa West took competitors to the rolling green hills of Toodyay, Maryville Downs and Bullsbrook for Leg 2 where they raced along 14 stages, 118 competitive kilometres and drove a total distance of 442 kilometres.
 
Quit Targa West is a premier tarmac rally that started on Thursday 10th August in Forrest Place, Perth and finishes in the City of Perth on Riverside Drive tomorrow, Sunday 13th August.
 
Leg 2 began with SS15, Racecourse 1 in Toodyay with torrential rain making the roads greasy. The rain stopped and the roads began to dry during the rest of the morning stages, however drivers still had to exercise caution with wet patches creating slippery conditions.
 
The afternoon stages in Marysville Downs saw some heavy showers come in with water running across the road, causing havoc for some competitors.
 
The fast flowing stages seemed to suit high horsepower vehicles and the wet conditions were favourable for the all-wheel-drive competitors.
 
Competitors are divided into Competition and Challenge categories with classes for Modern and Classic cars in each. The Challenge category is for showroom style or non-roll caged vehicles. Vehicles manufactured earlier than 1985 are classed as Classic and the Modern class for vehicles manufacture from 1986 onwards. There’s also an award for the Quit Targa West Rallye Rookie (first timer).
 
 
Competition Modern
 
Current leader of the Competition Modern and winner of the last two Targa West events Peter Major and co-driver Ben Searcy took a conservative approach today, starting Leg 2 with a comfortable lead of 1:04 minutes and driving without ABS in their 2004 Porsche 996.
 
“It’s been an interesting day - without ABS because it makes it that much harder to stop in the rain,” Major said.
 
“I didn’t turn right at one turn and ended up going through some bunting. We’ve had a few little niggles like that today so I’ve had to be a little cautious.”
 
Major said that the ABS couldn’t be fixed, so he’s hoping it doesn’t rain during tomorrow’s stages.
 
“I’m comfortable going into tomorrow with a 29-second lead and will be driving as fast as I can and we’ll see where we end up. I’m going into tomorrow like I always do and not putting pressure on myself, going out there to have fun and see what happens. It’s not over yet!” 
 
Major / Searcy won 6 stages today and came equal first in SS21 with nearest rival Peter Rullo and James Marquet.
 
Finishing the leg in second place, Rullo / Marquet in their 2012 Nissan GTR pushed hard today, trying to make up for lost time after their incident on yesterday’s opening stage where they ‘kissed a tree’, bending a rear steering arm and smashing the passenger window, rear panel and almost ripping the rear bumper bar off.
 
Rullo / Marquet won seven stages today, came equal first in SS21 with Major, finished second to Major in five stages and came third in the very wet opening stage of the day.
 
“After the crew fixed the bent arm yesterday at the Kalamunda service, the car has been great, no problems whatsoever,” Rullo said.
 
“I like those long fast stages, they suit my car, and they also suit Peter’s [Major] too.
 
“We had a few big moments when we hit water that was flowing over the road. There’s not much you can do when that happens, you just become a passenger and just hope the grip to returns quickly – that happened about two or three times this afternoon.
 
“Still, we’ve managed to make up time and get back about half of the deficit. It’s disappointing we lost so much time yesterday, but it’s not over yet and anything can happen, and in motorsport it usually does,” Rullo said.
 
The gaffer tape that was holding his rear bumper bar on yesterday has been replaced with neat cable ties.
 
Will White and Matt Thompson in their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 finished Leg 2 in third place, finishing two stages second fastest (once equal second with Slater / Harbron), nine stages third fastest and three stages fourth fastest.
 
White / Thompson trail Rullo / Marquet by 1:03 minutes and current leaders Major / Searcy by 1:32 minutes.
 
Robert Slater and Richard Harbron in a 1999 Porsche GT3 had a solid start to the day, finishing SS18 in equal second to White / Thompson and consistently in the top 10 until SS24 where they lost 10:47 minutes.
 
“We lost our windscreen wipers and couldn’t see anything in the heavy rain and ended up hitting the pavement damaging a radiator. It’s all repaired now, but it slowed us up and we missed Stage 25. We are out of contention now, but will restart tomorrow and finish the event,” Slater said.
 
 

Overall after Leg 2
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 58 MAJOR
SEARCY
Porsche
996 Turbo
1:43:48
+
2 62 RULLO
MARQUET
Nissan
R35 GTR
1:44:17
+00:29
3 34 WHITE
THOMPSON
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo 9
1:45:20
+01:32
 
 
 
Competition Classic
 
The rivalry between Ford and Holden continues with a tight battle in the Competition Classic category.
 
Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti in their 1971 Ford Capri Perana started Leg 2 with a 4-second lead over rivals Mick Bray and Daniel Bray in their 1975 Holden Torana.
 
It was cat and mouse all day with Gunson / Armenti winning seven stages and finishing two stages in equal first with Bray / Bray.
 
The Bray brothers won four stages, finished two stages in equal first place and finished second fastest in all other stages, including SS24 where they lost 19 seconds.
 
“The weather rolled in and with the water running across the road, we were just sliding, aquaplaning, so had to back off a bit,” Bray explained.
 
“It was a challenging start to the day with a little bit of fog, rain and then the roads drying but still wet in patches.
 
“We’re pushing as hard as we can and I’m really enjoying the battle with Simon (Gunson), he’s a serious racer so I’m happy we’re able to keep up with him,” Bray said.
 
Gunson said that the Classic category was down to the wire.
 
“We’re pushing hard, put it this way, there isn’t much left in the car!” Gunson said, last year’s Targa West winner.
 
“With the weather conditions, it’s changing all the time – he’s faster, I’m faster - keeps things interesting. We’ll have to see what happens tomorrow.”
 
Bray / Bray sit in second place overall, trailing Gunson / Armenti by 12 seconds.
 
Overall after Leg 2
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 16 GUNSON
ARMENTI
Ford
Capri Perana
1:48:59
+
2 5 BRAY
BRAY
Holden
Torana
1:49:11
+00:12
3 78 LINGFORD
CURTIS
Datsun
240Z
1:53:17
+04:18
 
 
 
Challenge Modern / Classic 
 
Dubbed the ‘Challenge Queen’ by her husband Simon Gunson, Sharon Gunson and co-driver Helen Lunsmann of GTi Girls Racing in a 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7 have healthy lead of 1:46 minutes over second place rookies Nick Bailey and Kyle O’Neil in a 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI.
 
“We had a really awesome day. The car is going perfect, it’s fantastic, no dramas whatsoever,” Sharon Gunson said.
 
“The Motor Trade Association, our major sponsor, supply a senior mechanic and three apprentices who work with GTi Racing’s senior mechanic and together they do a fantastic job preparing the car.
 
“With the all-wheel-drive, we stick to the tarmac so the wet weather didn’t really affect us,” said Gunson, a three-time winner of Targa West in the Challenge category.
 
The driver of the event’s only all-female team said the rally was theirs to lose.
 
“Normally I smash it at Malaga, it’s one of my favourite stages, but this year because of our lead, there’s no need to push so I’ll probably take it a bit easier tomorrow.”
 
 
Overall after Leg 2
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 66c GUNSON
LUNSMANN
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo 7
1:58:44
+
2 R33c BAILEY
O'NEIL
Volkswagen
Golf GTI
2:00:30
+01:46
3 8c GAN
LEVENE
Porsche
911SC
2:08:46
+10:02

 
 
Leg 3 tomorrow is the final day of Quit Targa West with three stages in Malaga and three stages in the City of Perth along Riverside Drive. The six stages total 35.76 competitive kilometres make up a total distance of 88.87 kilometres.
 
The Malaga City of Swan Stage that starts at 8.45am tomorrow will be run three times and include a demonstration from the amazing Australian Drift Grand Prix cars, guaranteed to be crowd pleasers.
 
The Targa City Sprint will rev the City’s motorsport extravaganza into gear with over 300 classic and modern cars on display at the Terrace Road car park, adjacent to Langley Park, and another 60 cars competing flat out along Riverside Drive from 9.30am. Quit Targa West rally cars will start at 1.00pm.
 
The Podium Finish will be at 3.30pm where the top three winners in each category will be presented with trophies, followed by the traditional champagne spray.
 

About Quit Targa West 
 
The 13th Quit Targa West has attracted 64 rally teams in a mix of performance, classic and exotic vehicles.
 
Competitors will race the clock on 34 stages over 242 kilometres in Malaga, Wanneroo, Whiteman Park, Kalamunda, Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook before the finale on Sunday 13th August at the City of Perth Super Stage and Shannons Classics car display adjacent to Langley Park on the Terrace Road car park from 12pm.
 
Spectating is free and all 34 stages feature a number of locations where the public can witness prime motorsport action.
 
For more information visit www.targawest.com.au and www.facebook.com/targawest.
 
Full details of spectator points can be found in the Spectator Guide – download it here.
 
 
END
Current leaders in Modern, Major / Searcy. Photo: CMR Photographic
Peter Rullo / James Marquet. Photo: CMR Photographic
Bray / Bray, 1975 Holden Torana. Photo: CMR Photographic
NOTES TO EDITORS

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White / Thompson with spectators in the rain. Photo: CMR Photographic
Sharon Gunson / Helen Lunsmann. Photo: CMR Photographic
Current leaders in Modern, Major / Searcy. Photo: CMR Photographic
Sweep car. Photo: 3Abroad Photography
Twists, turns and battles on Day 2 of Quit Targa West

Twists, turns and battles on Day 2 of Quit Targa West

11/08/2017, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Targa West, Article # 23706581
Rullo / Marquet after "kissing a tree" and hitting a sign on SS6. Photo: CMR Photographic

Twists, turns and battles on Day 2 of Quit Targa West 

The first full day of rally action at Quit Targa West, Section 2 of Leg 1, saw competitors race the clock over 65.10 competitive kilometres split into nine stages at Whiteman Park, north of Perth and east in the Perth Hills. The total distance covered was over 266 kilometres, which ended with a Show ‘n’ Shine display in Perth’s nightlife hub, Northbridge.
 
Quit Targa West is a premier tarmac rally held in Perth and surrounds until Sunday 13 August.
 
From the picturesque but twisty stages of Whiteman Park, Quit Targa West moved to the Perth Hills around Kalamunda where competitors were challenged with fast, extremely tight and twisty stages including the infamous Zig Zag stage. Kalamunda’s Zig Zag road was once an old railway used to transport timber down the hill to Midland. Now it’s one of Perth’s most iconic roads that creates unique challenges for competitors, many unable to make the first hairpin turn in one motion without ripping on the handbrake.
 
From Kalamunda, competitors returned to Whiteman Park for the day’s final two stages.
 
Competitors are divided into Competition and Challenge categories with classes for Modern and Classic cars in each. The Challenge category is for showroom style or non-roll caged vehicles. Vehicles manufactured earlier than 1985 are classed as Classic and the Modern class for vehicles manufacture from 1986 onwards. There’s also an award for the Quit Targa West Rallye Rookie (first timer).
 
 
Competition Modern
 
On SS7, the opening stage of the day, Peter Rullo and James Marquet in their 2012 Nissan GTR “kissed a tree”, smashing the passenger window, door and rear left panel.
 
“On one of the early corners of the stage, I lost grip on cold tyres and just touched a tree and bent an arm on the left hand rear suspension. We’re all ok, it’s minor damage and a not a something that’s going to end our rally - it’s just a shame we lost a bit of time,” Rullo said.
 
The bumper of the Nissan GTR was held up with race tape and Rullo’s crew employed further bush mechanic skills using cable ties and gaffer tape to keep the bumper in place at the refuel stop. During the Minor Service in Kalamunda after SS8, his crew swiftly replaced the door, repaired the bent arm and straightened the left rear panel in 30 minutes. 
 
The damage to Rullo’s car didn’t affect his times; he finished fastest on stages 10, 11 and 12 and second fastest on stages 13 and 14. Rullo / Marquet finished Leg 1 in third place overall, 59 seconds behind leaders Peter Major and Ben Searcy.
 
Peter Major also had a moment today, clipping the flying finish sign as he went wide on SS8 in his Porsche 996 Turbo, giving co-driver Ben Searcy cause to hold his breath. The experienced racer quickly corrected what could have turned into a serious incident, and finished the stage sans passenger mirror.
 
“The ABS sensor was out so we didn’t have traction control. I pushed a bit too hard trying to make up time and went a bit wide, clipping a sign post - I think I might’ve given Ben a scare!” Major said.
 
Ben Searcy said it was all in a day’s work.
 
“I’ve sat alongside with some pretty eccentric drivers in my time, drivers who shall remain nameless, who think there’s only one speed and that’s flat out. Peter is a great driver and he manoeuvred out of the situation well, but with one wheel in the air, I did think for a second that we were having a moment!”
 
Major / Searcy finished fastest on stages 6, 8, 13 and 14 and completed Leg 1 first overall, leading second place holders Robert Slater and Richard Harbron in their 1999 Porsche GT3 by 57 seconds.
 
In their 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, Will White and Matt Thompson finished Leg 1 in fourth place.
 
“Today’s stages were great. The tight, twisty roads suit our car and it’s where we have an advantage over Major and Rullo – their cars have about 150 more horsepower than ours, so I’ve got to play to my strengths,” White said.
 
“I like the Zig Zag stage and successfully got around the first hairpin in one go with the handbrake – we’re having fun!”
 
White / Thompson finished fastest on SS7 and second fastest on SS6.
 

Overall after Leg 1
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 58 MAJOR
SEARCY
Porsche
996 Turbo
47:15
+
2 24 SLATER
HARBRON
Porsche
GT3
48:12
+00:57
3 62 RULLO
MARQUET
Nissan
R35 GTR
48:14
+00:59
 
 
 
Competition Classic
 
It’s a Ford versus Holden battle in the Competition Classic category.
 
Brothers Mick Bray and Daniel Bray in their 1975 Holden Torana finished Leg 1 with a 7-second lead over current title holder Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti in their 1971 Ford Capri Perana.
 
Bray / Bray finished fasted on stages 7, 11, 13 and 14, while Gunson / Armenti won stages 6, 8 10 and 12.
 
Phil Peak and Sam Hackett won stage 9 in their 1988 BMW M3 and currently sit in third place after Leg 1, 11 seconds behind second placed Gunson / Armenti.
 
With just 18 seconds separating first to third place, it’s still anyone’s game.
 
Gunson said he exercised caution on the notorious Zig Zag stage.
 
“The Zig Zag is a great stage, but it’s one of those stages where you can lose a rally, but you can’t win a rally and it’s not forgiving if you make a mistake,” Gunson said.
 
“The car is going quite well, just a couple of little fuel issues with the carburettor. But we’re having a fun battle with the Bray brothers.”
 
Overall after Leg 1
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 16 GUNSON
ARMENTI
Ford
Capri Perana
49:07
+
2 5 BRAY
BRAY
Holden
Torana
49:11
+00:04
3 74 LINE
KING
Porsche
911 Carrera RS
50:25
+01:18
 
 
 
Challenge Modern / Classic 
 
The Zig Zag SS8 caused a few head aches for the Challenge competitors with the extremely tight hairpin bends.
 
In their 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI, rookies Nick Bailey and Kyle O’Neil lead after Leg 1 by 9 seconds over Sharon Gunson and Helen Lunsmann of GTI Girls Racing in a 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7.
 
Bailey said his goal is to finish Quit Targa West.
 
“I stuffed up the Zig Zag and turned too early. But it’s all part of the experience and I’m enjoying it,” Bailey said.
 
“I hate the Zig Zag!” Sharon Gunson said.
 
“I had to do a three point turn to get around the first hairpin and then stalled it and lost about ten seconds, it was a bit of a nightmare. It’s still early days, so I’m not worried about the time so much,” said the driver of the event’s only all-female team.
 
Overall after Leg 1
Pos No Crew Vehicle Total
Gap 1st 
1 R33c BAILEY
O'NEIL
Volkswagen
Golf GTI
54:04
+
2 66c GUNSON
LUNSMANN
Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo 7
54:13
+00:09
3 8c GAN
LEVENE
Porsche
911SC
58:28
+04:24
 
 
Tomorrow, competitors head to Toodyay, Maryville Downs and Bullsbrook for Leg 2 where they will race the clock over 118 competitive kilometres and drive a total distance of 442 kilometres.
 
About Quit Targa West 
 
The 13th Quit Targa West has attracted 64 rally teams in a mix of performance, classic and exotic vehicles.
 
Competitors will race the clock on 34 stages over 242 kilometres in Malaga, Wanneroo, Whiteman Park, Kalamunda, Toodyay, Chittering and Bullsbrook before the finale on Sunday 13th August at the City of Perth Super Stage and Shannons Classics car display adjacent to Langley Park on the Terrace Road car park from 12pm.
 
Spectating is free and all 34 stages feature a number of locations where the public can witness prime motorsport action.
 
For more information visit www.targawest.com.au and www.facebook.com/targawest.
 
Full details of spectator points can be found in the Spectator Guide – download it here.
 
 
Quit Targa West Highlights
 
  • Saturday, 12th August: 9am to 5pm - Rally action can be seen in Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook
     
  • Sunday, 13th August: 9am to 3:30pm – Shannons Classics in the Park, adjacent to Langley Park on the Terrace Road car park (Rally action can be seen in Malaga and Langley between 9:00am to 3:00pm)

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Peter Major / Ben Searcy. Photo: CMR Photography
Bray / Bray. Photo: 3Abroad Photography
Gunson / Armenti. Photo: 3Abroad Photography
 
Sharon Gunson / Helen Lunsmann. Photo: CMR Photographic
Rullo / Marquet with new door and gaffer tape. Photo: ProntoPR
Kalamunda Service Park. Photo: CMR Photographic
Bray and Gunson lining up for start at Kalamunda Service Park. Photo: ProntoPR
White / Thompson. Photo: 3Abroad Photography
Sweep car. Photo: 3Abroad Photography
Did the ARU Just Cull Themselves?

Did the ARU Just Cull Themselves?

11/08/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 23704703

Shortly before 2pm today, your correspondent broke the sad news to the rugby world that RugbyWA had lost the arbitration case with the ARU. Within minutes of that story being posted, the ARU had moved to axe the Force from the Super Rugby competition.

But as your columnist suggested at the time, the game is not over. As the Force’s billionaire backer Andrew Forrest surmised: “This could be a try against us, but it’s not the end of the game.”

As flagged earlier today, expect a Supreme Court appeal and injunction to be lodged later tonight, or soon thereafter (weather permitting). And just as your columnist predicted, the WA Government has also confirmed it is examining the undertakings provided by the ARU in relation to the funding commitments made to upgrade nib Stadium.

Don’t be surprised if a very pre-eminent QC by the name of Allan Myers pops up in the Force’s corner.

When there is a seismic upheaval of the magnitude which has occurred today in Australian rugby, someone must die. (Figuratively speaking of course). And when the dust finally settles on this saga, your columnist believes that someone will be the institution formerly known as the ARU.

The writing is already on the wall. Since the decision to attempt to axe the Force was made, the ARU has degenerated into what former Prime Minister Paul Keating might refer to as “unrepresentative swill.” The condemnation of the ARU’s decision is universal. And the list of casualties is mounting. ARU chief executive Bill Pulver has tendered his resignation, becoming the third ARU executive with fingerprints all over this sordid affair to flee the ARU. How’s that for accountability.

Long-serving ARU director Geoff Stooke, who has been sidelined by the rest of the ARU Board throughout this affair, has resigned in disgust. Here’s a couple of interesting lines from Stookey’s resignation letter:

“I never wanted to throw any team under the bus, but to create a situation that considers retaining a team that has lost almost $30million (including nearly $17.5million additional cost to the ARU) since 2011 at the expense of a team that has incurred additional cost to the ARU of only $5.5million since 2005 is outrageous! We should be rewarding success not failure. To introduce financial criteria that have nothing to do with the financial viability of each term is less than appropriate.”

“An appropriate consultation process was never in place & in my view the Western Force was always being targeted for removal. This was simply because they were seen to be the easiest to remove contractually but they were not the team that deserved to be removed. The process lacked due diligence & contained significant levels of bias.”

“I was opposed to the inclusion of an Argentinian team & a Japanese team in Super Rugby. Without doubt, the failure of such an unwieldy, unattractive & more expensive competition has contributed to the demise of an Australian Super Rugby team & the future demise of rugby in Western Australia. They did not deserve this!”

Those comments cut straight to the heart of the issue – which is that the decision to axe the Force does not stand up to any sort of scrutiny whatsoever, financial or otherwise.

Put simply, today’s decision by the ARU does not go even close to passing the pub test. In fact, it wouldn’t even make it through the front door of most public bars. And that is why, in your columnist’s view, the Force will survive. And the ARU won’t. As former Wallaby Brendan Cannon stated tonight: “Everyone must follow Bill Pulver out the door.”

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Now for the Smoking Gun… and Twiggy

Now for the Smoking Gun… and Twiggy

11/08/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 23700534

Well readers, unfortunately the bounce of the ball didn’t go RugbyWA’s way in the arbitration hearing with the ARU.
But that’s not the end of the road for the Force, not by any measure. Rather, it’s the trigger for Plan B.
Apart from an immediate Supreme Court appeal and/or injunction, your correspondent understands that RugbyWA will pursue two other legal avenues against the ARU to ensure the Force remains in Super Rugby.
The first is the smoking gun your columnist first revealed back on August 4. And that boils down to one very critical issue: Was anyone at the ARU aware of SANZAAR’s plans to axe an Australian Super Rugby team when the alliance agreement was signed with the Force in 2016? If so, surely the ARU couldn’t have signed that alliance agreement in good faith?
The other legal avenue being considered is even more explosive. Your correspondent understands that Andrew Forrest is in discussions with the WA Government to consider a circa $120 million claim against the ARU for the cost of refurbishing nib Stadium.
Things are hotting up. And you know what they say about people being in the kitchen when that happens.
As always, stay tuned…..

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Semi Final Information

Semi Final Information

10/08/2017, Western Australia, Rugby, Pindan Premier League, Article # 23690631
After a strong Season the club is has a remarkable 5 out of a possible 6 Grades in this weekends Semi Finals!

http://www.palmyrarugby.com.au/news/semi-final-information-1920156.html
Electrifying Quit Targa West starts tomorrow

Electrifying Quit Targa West starts tomorrow

09/08/2017, Western Australia, Motorsport - Rally, Targa West, Article # 23680160
Winner of Competition Classic category in 2016, Simon Gunson/Murrray Armenti in 1971 Ford Capri. Photo: Tim Allott

Electrifying Quit Targa West starts tomorrow


Starting tomorrow (Thursday 10 August 2017), Western Australia’s premier tarmac rally, Quit Targa West, will rev excitement into Perth into until 13th August 2017.
 
The 13th Quit Targa West has attracted 64 rally teams in a mix of performance, classic, exotic vehicles and even an electric rally car, ready to race the clock on some of Perth’s most iconic roads.
 
Participating in the new Targa Tour category, is Gemtek Automation’s electric rally car, a converted 2004 BMW i3. 
 
Gemtek Commercial Director Florian Popp said that his electric car has a top speed of 240 kilometres per hour and a range of 130 kilometres.
 
“This year, our new car is purely electric. There’s no need for us to take a generator around with us like we did last year,” Popp said.
 
“In Germany, car manufacturers will be producing electric cars in the next five years and the German government has announced that no petrol cars will be registered from 2030. We’ve got a bit of catching up to do in Australia, and that’s why we’ve entered our electric car into Targa West, to promote the future of the automotive industry.
 
“We want to raise awareness that infrastructure for electric cars is required in the city, that apprentices need to be trained up on how to service electric cars – there’s a giant opportunity ahead and I’m excited to help showcase that this weekend,” Popp said.
 
The Gemtek BMW i3 will be piloted by Jurgen Lunsmann with co-driver Jon Edwards as they participate in the Targa Tour on Sunday.
 
The Targa Tour, which runs alongside the main competition of Quit Targa West, is new in 2017 and designed to be a fun and cost effective introduction to Targa events – it’s a spirited drive behind a lead car at 15-second intervals. All that is required is a helmet and a road car.
 
Jurgen Lunsmann said he’s looking forward to driving a different car and putting on a spritely display.
 
“The electric car has remarkably quick straight-line acceleration and it handles surprisingly well for a city car – whilst it’s not a performance racing car, we’re looking to hold our own amongst the field of other competitors,” Jurgen Lunsmann said.
 
“The Targa Tour isn’t timed, so I won’t be racing per se, but putting on a spritely display to raise the profile of electric cars – after all, they’re coming in the not too distant future,” the 52-year-old said.
 
Quit Targa West main competition is divided into Competition and Challenge categories with classes for Modern and Classic cars in each. There’s also an award for the Quit Targa West Rookie (first timer). The Challenge category is for showroom style or non-roll caged vehicles. Vehicles manufactured earlier than 1985 are classed as Classic and the Modern class for vehicles manufacture from 1986 onwards.
 
Winner of last year’s Competition Classic category, Simon Gunson, is this year is driving a 1971 Ford Capri, the same car that came second in Targa West in 2015.
 
“We won Targa in another Ford Capri last year, but we’re hoping for this car to get a win this year. So I can even up my score with the wife,” Simon Gunson said.
 
Simon’s wife Sharon Gunson is also a rally driver, competing in the Challenge Modern category in a 2001 Mitsubishi Evo 7 with co-driver Helen Lunsmann. The pair makes up Targa West’s only all-female crew.
 
“Sharon has won her category three times and I’ve only won twice, so the stakes are high!” quipped Simon Gunson, who is about to compete in his ninth Targa West event.
 
Sharon Gunson’s co-driver Helen Lunsmann is the wife of Jurgen Lunsmann who’ll be driving the event’s only electric car.
 
Targa West gets underway tomorrow with the Ceremonial Start in the heart of the CBD from 11am to 1.30pm at Forrest Place, after which competitors will head to stages in Wanneroo and Malaga.
 
On Friday 11th August, the rally action takes place in the Perth Hills before returning to the City of Perth where pride will be paramount as shiny cars including classics like the Mustang, Holden Torana, Porsche 911, Datsun 240z and Ford Escort line up alongside modern machines including Lotus Elise, Holden HSV, Mitsubishi Evo, Porsche 996 and Subaru WRX at the Northbridge Show and Shine on James Street from 6pm to 9pm.
 
The Malaga Stage on Sunday morning [13th August] will have added entertainment for motorsport fans – drift cars will put on a smoking showcase of sideways action in between runs of the rally cars.
 
Racing for the fastest time over 242 competitive kilometres, stages will be held at Barbagallo Raceway and in Malaga, Whiteman Park, Kalamunda and the infamous Zig Zag as well as the picturesque open country roads of Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook, before the grand finale City of Perth Super Stage held at Langley Park on Sunday from 12pm.
 
Spectating is free and all 34 stages feature a number of locations where the public can witness prime motorsport action.

 
For more information visit www.targawest.com.au and www.facebook.com/targawest.
 
Full details of spectator points can be found in the Spectator Guide – download it here.
 

Quit Targa West Highlights

  • Thursday, 10th August: 11am to 1.30pm - Ceremonial Start, Forrest Place, Perth CBD (Rally action can be seen in Wanneroo and Malaga between 2pm to 8pm)
     
  • Friday, 11th August: 6pm to 9pm – Northbridge Car Display, James St, Northbridge (Rally action can be seen in Whiteman Park & Kalamunda between 9am to 5pm)
     
  • Saturday, 12th August: 9am to 5pm - Rally action can be seen in Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook
     
  • Sunday, 13th August: 9am to 3:30pm – Shannons Classics in the Park, Langley Park (Rally action can be seen in Malaga and Langley between 9:00am to 3:00pm)
 
END
The Gemtek Automation electric car BMW i3 at Quit Targa West 2016
Quit Targa West 2016 winner Peter Major / Greg Flood. Photo: Barnsie
Opening Ceremony Forrest Place flag off. Photo: Targa West
Opening Ceremony Forrest Place. Photo: Dean Knowles
Langley Park. Photo: Gemma Lucas
Photo: Motorsport legend Jim Richards, a competitor in this year's Quit Targa West
Langley Park hosts motorsport action Sunday 13 August. Photo: Targa West
Opening Ceremony Forrest Place. Photo: Tim Allott
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