Castrol-backed Legacy Australian Targa team maintain Championship lead after High Country rally

Wednesday 21st November, 2012


Author: Justin Murray ©

The Castrol-backed Legacy Targa rally team endured mixed fortunes at the Targa High Country event to maintain first place in the Late Classic category of the Australian Targa Championship.

Driver Matt Cardinaels and navigator Jason Page (who was contesting his first asphalt-based event as a navigator) battled some minor issues to finish second in class for this second round of the Australian Targa Championship.

The result was the duo’s first ever Targa podium in the Late Classic category.

The team headed down to Mt Buller five days before the event started and, as usual, had at least a day of servicing to complete, which eventually turned into two days worth of work on the 1972 Datsun 240Z.

There was work to be done from the previous event, Targa Adelaide, with the car rolling out of the truck with a broken brake bias, ball joint boot split, damaged spherical rod end on the lower control arm and a new sump seal was required.

Once serviced, it was a solid weekend of rallying for the 240Z and all involved (Service crew: Steve Clausen, Dan Reilly, Craig McGrath, Zac Milne, Bradley Nolan (Apprentice Mechanic)) despite the workload and some minor hiccups including: fuel in the cabin and loss of power to the fuel pumps, over the course of the rally.

The Legacy team currently lies third in the Classic Outright championship and is very happy to be sitting in first place in the CAMS Australian Targa Championship – Late Classic category, and look forward to reinforcing its position as one of Australia’s quickest Classic Tarmac Rally cars.

Late Classic Points Table

1. Cardinaels/Page – 1972 Datsun 240Z 5MSD – 116pts
2. Haysman/Branum – 1981 Truimph TR7 V8 6MSE – 116
3. Faux/Mihajlovic – 1985 Mazda RX7 6LMSF – 105
4. Sutton/Burton – 1990 Mazda RX7 6LMSF – 89
5. Caudo/Limb – 1980 HDT Commodore 6MSG – 87

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