“We certainly had more than our share of ‘character building’ opportunities”, remarked Dean Herridge. After a promising start, Herridge sat in a pleasing 4th place after Day 1. But his event was soon to end.
“We started the first stage of Day 2 as normal, but midway through the stage something let go in the engine. We suspect it was a rod, but we won’t know for sure until we strip the engine at the workshop. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a DNF in this car, and the engines do run under a fair bit of stress. So unfortunately this time it was my turn for an early shower!”.
“A few people have asked why we didn’t try to repair the car overnight. But we come here to challenge for a win in this event. With that dream gone, and given that the mechanics had a further three days of hard work ahead of them, chasing the cars all over Tasmania, we decided to park it and concentrate on giving Graham and John the best resources of a good result.”
And both Iddles and O’Dowd put in strong performances throughout the event. “They did a fantastic job for the team. Graham, a year out of the car, did an incredible job. He’s now got a fair bit of Targa experience, and it really showed. It was a solid 16th outright and their personal best result.
“And John was great in the 2.5L car. We ran him in the 4WD Showroom class and 5th for the class was a great result. The only issue we had was on Day 3. On the final stage into Strahan the car lost some power.
“As ‘luck’ would have it, the part we needed was only available in Launceston. So we had a midnight run from one side of Tassie to the other and back again. The boys finished the car at around 5am, and it ran perfectly to the finish.”
The Perth team now gets down to the business of preparing for their next event, Targa West which starts on August 16.