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Porsche claims dominant Targa High Country victory

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Matt Close and Cameron Reeves dominated the 2017 Targa High Country in their 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, claiming their second straight outright victory in the three-day, 18 stage tarmac rally.

Close and Reeves started the event in impressive fashion, posting the fastest time in all six stages on Friday, including a record time in stage six for the Mount Buller ascent on the opening day.

Close and Reeves displayed similar form on Saturday, topping five of the day’s six stages. The duo then closed out the rally on Sunday with a dominant victory over their closest outright rival Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone, six minutes behind in their Porsche Cayman GTS. 

The Targa High Country victory was Close and Reeves' third straight in the GT2 class and the second straight in the outright classification.

“That’s three in a row, which we never imagined doing. It’s an incredible achievement and it shows that if you have the right machinery under you, anything can happen,” Close said.

“Beating the Mount Buller stage record was one of my key objectives as it was a box yet to be ticked.

"The previous record was set under the old regulations, which allowed a lot of modifications and R-spec tyres, but nevertheless getting the record in a standard 911 GT3 RS on road-spec tyres was something I had in my sights on doing this weekend.

“The weather conditions were just right and we ended up laying down a time that will be pretty hard for us to beat again.”

Nunn and Johnstone placed second overall in their 2016 Porsche Cayman GTS, six seconds ahead of Ben Calder and Steve Glenney aboard a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI. 

In the GT2 class, John Ireland and Janet Binns made it a Porsche lockout of the podium, taking third in their 2016 Porsche Cayman.

Experienced tarmac rally duo Jim Richards and Barry Oliver placed 12th outright and 6th in the GT2 class.

For a full wrap of class results, see the targa.com.au website.

Provisional results

Outright
1. Matt Close / Cameron Reeves, 2017 Porsche GT3 RS
2. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +6m20s
3. Ben Calder / Seve Glenney, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, +6m26s
4. Paul Dowie / Bernie Webb, 2010 Audi TT RS Plus, +6m37s
5. John Ireland / Janet Binns, 2016 Porsche GT4, +6m48s
Mt Buller GT2
1. Matt Close / Cameron Reeves, 2017 Porsche GT3 RS
2. Peter Nunn / Keith Johnstone, 2016 Porsche GTS, +6m20s
3. John Ireland / Janet Binns, 2016 Porsche GT4, +6m48s
Shannons Classic
1. Colin Byrne / Michael Partridge, 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000
2. Peter Gluskie / Samantha Winter, 1985 BMW E30 325i, +1m45s
3. Richard Woodward / Neil Gibson, 1969 Holden Monaro GT, +3m04s
RDA Brakes GT4
1. Paul Dowie / Bernie Webb, 2010 Audi TT RS Plus
2. Joshua Hilton / Rodney Vanderpoel, 2016 Nissan GTR R35, +22s
3. Geoffrey Hewitt / Toni Hewitt, 2009 Nissan GTR R35, +56s
Shannons Classic GT
1. Michael Bray / Daniel Bray, 1975 Holden Torana
2. John Bourke / Jeremy Browne, 1976 Holden Torana A9X, +6m19s
3. Geoff Goodwin / Phillip Smith, 1983 Nissan 300 ZX, +41m06s
Duttons Garage Early Modern
1. Ben Calder / Seve Glenney, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI
2. Liam Howarth / Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR, +31s
3. Brett Morse / Rodney Ng, 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer IX, +3m25s
Mansfield Shire GT Sports Trophy
=1. Martin Duursma / Richard Wodhams, 2013 Lotus Exige S V6
=1. Mark Meletopoulo / Scott Meletopoulo, 2013 Lotus Exige S
3. Alan Gluyas / Heather Gluyas, 2014 Renault Megane RS265, +12m16s
Mt Buller TSD Trophy
1. Chris Waldock / Christine Kelly, 2016 Jaguar F-Type, 45 points
2. Michael Moore / Richard Woolford, 2006 Lotus Exige, 46 points
3. Brian Pereira / Stevie-Lee Rice, 2016 Lotus Exige Roadster S, 57 points
Published: 13 November, 2017