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Stokell takes over lead after more drama at Targa Tasmania

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Thursday 2nd May, 2019 - 7:49pm

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Paul Stokell pic: Angryman Photography

Paul Stokell has the lead of the 2019 Targa Tasmania with two days to go after more drama on the Apple Isle.

Matt Close and Cameron Reeves started a rainy Day 4 with a 44-second lead after Steve Glenney crashed out of first position a day earlier.

However, Close’s Porsche GT3 RS suffered electrical problems which cost him time, before he eased off when he came across a crash for the previously second placed Michael Pritchard and Gary Mourant.

“We came to a halt when we had some electronic gremlins,” said Close.

“We only lost 30 seconds, but then we came past Michael Pritchard’s crash and that was a wake-up call for me, so we decided to take it a little quieter in the afternoon.”

With Pritchard having slid his own Porsche GT3 RS into a barrier on Stage 17, Stokell and co-driver Kate Catford hold a 57-second lead over Close at the top of the classification.

Stokell, however, also had issues with his Lotus Exige.

“We wriggled a few things and it reset itself, so other than that, it’s been a good day,” he said.

“We’re only just over the halfway mark, so I’m not getting too excited about being in the lead.

“The car’s been good and I like the wet, so bring on a bit more of the same and I’d be quite happy.”

Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler are now third outright in a Nissan GTR.

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