JIM AND BARRY TAKE CLASS WIN IN TARGA WEST 2015
17 AUGUST 2015
After four days and 240 competitive kilometres Jim and Barry have finished 13th outright and taken out the Showroom Sports class in the Shannon's Porsche Cayman S in the 11th running of Targa West.
Run in ideal fine conditions the 65 car field contested 34 special stages ranging in length from 2 kilometres to 16-5kilometres with the final three stages run in the centre of Perth.
The event started on Thursday with three runs over a tricky course at the Barbagello race track that used part of the circuit as well the access road and parts of the V8 Supercar pits and the old pit complex.
That was followed by two runs at night over a 5 kilometre course around the Malaga industrial estate which was very testing as it was almost impossible to pick up the apexes of the many 90 degree corners.
The highlight of the following day was three runs over over the very fast 15 kilometre Kalamunda stage which contained four 150 metre zones where we had to reduce speed to 60 kph and then accelerate back up to competitive speed.
It was amazing how well the the Cayman stopped in such a short distance from over 180 kph and there was never any sign of brake issues despite the fact that the brake pads had already completed 480 competitive kilometres in Targa Tasmania.
The first eight stages on day three were fast and flowing and while the Cayman was outgunned by the powerful turbocharged 4WD cars the car performed superbly and it was a great experience to be in the navigators seat and see Jim at work.
The final six stages of the day were very technical with a lot of stop start corners and roundabouts and while the Cayman is very nimble it simply didn't have the outright grunt to match the front runners.
On the first run through the 15 kilometre Maryville Downs the we came across a car that had crashed and rolled and as required by rally protocol we had to stop to ensure the occupants were OK which they were.
As a result the organisers gave us a derived time so we were not disadvantaged.
On the final day we contested two runs over a 12 kilometre course in the Malaga industrial estate which consisted of 65 tight corners joined by short straights which kept both of us very busy.
Overall we had a great event and Jim was extremely happy with how the car performed in what was its last run before being sold..
Next month the new Porsche Cayman GT4 is due to arrive with the plan being to compete in the demonstration class in the two day Targa Adelaide rally in October.
The GT4 has the larger 3.8 litre engine ,the GT3 front suspension and brakes and should be quicker car.
The Shannon's Porsche is also supported by Adrenalin ,Porsche and Leatherman The original Multi Tool.
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