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Tough Targa Tasmania for Weeks and Moscatt

Apr 8

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Friday, April 08, 2011 2:27 PM  RssIcon

Supaloc Racing's bid for victory in Targa Tasmania 2011 has come to a cruel end today, with a gearbox problem sidelining the Kevin Weeks / Dale Moscatt Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. 

Weeks and Moscatt ran as high as second outright in the event yesterday after some minor gearbox gremlins on Day 1. However, yesterday's Stage 15 cost the duo dearly. Weeks slowed for a safety vehicle on the stage, which was assisting the crashed Audi of Maher Algadrie.

Following the stage, Weeks applied for a derived time on the basis that he was acting in the best interests of the safety of competitors and officials. However, the officials denied his request, instead deducting five seconds from his stage time. The slow overall stage time thus dropped Weeks and Moscatt from second to eighth outright.

“It's extremely frustrating to be effectively penalised for doing what was safest,” Supaloc Racing Technical Director Oscar Fiorinotto said today. “There was a massive speed difference between the safety vehicle and the speed that Kevin was travelling, and given the situation, it was absolutely the right decision for Kevin to slow down.

“Anyhow, the gearbox problem was a very disappointing way for our event to end. The gearbox had been rebuilt prior to the event, but it looks like a tooth has come off the fifth gear. We'll check it out when we get back to the workshop.”

“For some reason, for all Supaloc Racing's success in other tarmac rally events, we always seem to have bad luck at this one, the biggest one of the year. All we can do is come back next year and try again.”

“The good news is that it didn't take long at all for Kevin and Dale to gel as a driver / navigator combination. Kevin drove really well throughout the event and Dale's navigation was brilliant,” Fiorinotto concluded.

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