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In a command performance, the all conquering Mitsubishi Evolution IX Lancers dominated last weekend’s Targa Tasmania.
Taking outright honours by over 1minute 30 seconds and all the placings in the Showroom 4WD class it was the most successful marque at the event.
Breaking the dominance from previous years of the European brands, South Australian driver Steve Glenney, co driven by Bernie Webb, powered his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX home 1 minute and 31 seconds ahead of second-placed motor sport legend, Jim Richards, in a 2008 Porsche 911 GT2.
Richards, an eight-time Targa winner, co-driven by his regular partner and the former voice of V8 Supercars, Barry Oliver, was unable to sustain or match the pace of Glenney.
The triumph by Glenney, the first for Mitsubishi in the vent’s 17 year history, reinforces the rally bred quality and performance of the brand.
Supporting the large field of Evo’s in the Targa was a dedicated team of mechanics from Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, under the guidance of motor sport guru Alan Heaphy.
“To win Targa outright is a huge accolade for the vehicle, but to add to that the top placings in the 4WD Showroom class is further validation of the marque.” said Mr Heaphy.
“The flexibility and affordability of the vehicle is just amazing. Competitors have the choice of challenging for outright victory, as Glenney did successfully, or if your budget is for the 4WD Showroom class, the vehicle is a very cost competitive high performance package. We knew the vehicles were competitive and it is great to add these wins to the Evo’s already impressive list of accomplishments” he added.
Mitsubishi has dominated the serious tarmac endurance events of 2008 winning the Bathurst 12 hour and now the legendry Targa Tasmania event.
1st Glenney - Webb Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
5th Vandenberg - Vandenbe Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +02:45
9th Quinn - Wenn Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +04:18
11th Hoinville - Searcy Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +05:50
14th Thomas - Thomas 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +08:16
19th Johnston - Stoneman Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +12:19
25th Sutton - Kelly Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 +14:58
27th Kimber - O'Kane Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +16:17
28th Keyte - Keyte Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +16:53
34th Williams - Bush Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +19:21
36th Fuller - Gordon Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3 +19:32
37th Neville – Maglio Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 +19:40
40th Jansen – Jansen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 +20:57
44th Ledger - Dunkerton Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +23:30
49th Headland - Garrioch Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 +24:11
51st Rowbottom - Smith Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4 +26:26
79th Coutts - Horrobin Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +02:04:46
82nd Smith - Smith Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 +02:35:29
84th Heskin - Aitken Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +06:02:22
1st Warren - Boyle Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9
2nd Millar - Dean Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +08:29
3rd Klopp - Pearce Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +12:12
4th Burrowes - Burrowes Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +16:39
5th Minshall - van der Mey Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +19:53
6th Connolly – Connolly Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 +21:16
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