Appropriately a team named “White” took out the Targa High Country 2019 in what was a snowy event at Mt Buller!
Rallying fans got more than the usual thrills this weekend with heavy snow falling at times for the 10th anniversary of Targa High Country.
Jason White and his uncle John White tamed tricky conditions to surge to a fourth Outright win in what was a uniquely demanding Targa High Country event.
Leading the three-day rally from start to finish, the Whites proved invincible throughout the snow and rain lashed event in Victoria’s alpine region to guide their powerful Dodge Viper to a two minute 23 second triumph.
Outright runner-up Paul Stokell and Kate Catford tried valiantly through the 270km journey in their 2014 Lotus Exige, but could not make any inroads in the long-nosed, rear-drive American machine.
Taking the final podium place in Outright was Eddie Maguire and Zak Brakey, who produced a solid performance in their Dodge Viper, highlighted by a stage win on Day 2, to finish three minutes 17 seconds behind the Whites.
The three also took the top placings in the Mt Buller GT2 class.
White, who won at Targa High Country in 2011, 2013 and 2018, continued to push the boundaries, squeezing the maximum out of the viper in extremely challenging and slippery conditions.
Final results – 2019 Targa High Country (Provisional)
1 JasonWhite/John White (Dodge Viper ACR Extreme)
2 Paul Stokell/Kate Catford (Lotus Exige 350) +2m:23s
3 Eddie Maguire/Zak Brakey (Dodge Viper) +3m:17s
4 John Ireland/Janet Binns (Dodge Viper) +4m:10s
5 Matt Close/Cameron Reeves (2019 Porsche GT3 RS) +4m:44s
6 Tony Quinn/Samantha Gray (Nissan R35 GTR) +6m.01s
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