WA driver sets pace at Classic Targa

Tolley Challis won the prologue at Tanunda

West Australian Tolley Challis has upset the local hopes on the opening day of Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide, setting the fastest time in the classic outright competition at the official prologue at Tanunda in the Barossa Valley.

Driving a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, Challis finished the 4.44 kilometre prologue stage one second ahead South Australian Matt Selley in another 1974 Porsche.

Pre-event favourite for the Outright Classic title, Kevin Weeks (1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS) tied with Craig Haysman (1981 Triumph TR7 V8) tied for third. The two South Australians were just three seconds off the pace.

The real action in round one of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship gets underway tomorrow, with eight stages across 67 competitive kilometres. Challis came to Adelaide with high hopes and was happy with his opening effort.

“The pacenotes worked really well and the car felt good over the prologue stages,” Challis said.

“I’m a bit underdone because we probably didn’t spend long enough on the reconnaissance, but the plan for tomorrow is to go flat out and try to stay at the top of the leaderboard.”

Tomorrow sees the field tackling eight stages north east of Adelaide, stopping for lunch at Gumeracha before finishing back at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

The rally concludes on Saturday.

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