RALLY TASMANIA ROUND 1 – TASMANIA
10 March 2009
Queensland’s Tony Quinn held off a fierce challenge by seventime Bathurst winner Jim Richards to take his first Rally Tasmania title in one of the closest finishes in the event’s 29 year history.
Quinn, driving a Nissan GTR, started the day with a 1.9s buffer over Richards’s Porsche 911 GT2. But Quinn went on to win five of the final six stages to run secure a 14.4s victory. But the final margin belied the intensity of the day’s action, because with one stage to go just 4.6s separated the pair.
Quinn held his nerve to dominate the final stage and take the outright honours. “It’s great to win a fantastic event,” Quinn said. “We had to push really hard to keep Jim at bay, but we managed to bring it home. “We have not had any problems all weekend. The car has been terrific, and will only get better if it is wet in future events.”
Local Burnie driver, Jamie Vandenberg, held on for third place, 1m56.2s behind the leader.
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