White on track to snatch back-to-back victories

Tasmanian Jason White has revived his campaign to win back-to-back Australian Targa Championship titles by blitzing the field to win his fourth consecutive Targa Wrest Point title yesterday.

The Lamborghini driver finished 42 seconds clear of Matt Close in an Audi TT RS Plus, with Tony Quinn finishing third in the modern category, another 24 seconds back, in his Nissan GT-R.

White started the season with a win in Adelaide in August, but had a disastrous second round in Victoria, failing to finish after his Lamborghini experienced mechanical problems.

But his victory in Hobart puts the defending champion back in contention, with Targa Tasmania in April offering double points for the final round.

Quinn leads the championship with 178 points after finishing second to White in Adelaide and wining Targa High Country at Mount Buller.

Peter Rullo, fourth this weekend, is second with 162 points, Clinton Atentz third on 154 with White fourth on 135 points, up from eighth.

White's form across the 14 stages and 208 competitive kilometres on the roads south of Hobart was superb. 

He started the second day 44 seconds clear of Close and immediately stretched his lead to 55 seconds, taking a clear 10 seconds on the opening Pelverata stage.

With victory his to lose, White eased off across the final six stages to arrive back at the finish line a comfortable winner.

In the battle for classic honours, Matthew Cardinaels was superb, not only winning the outright title but also winning the late classic handicap competition in his 1972 Datsun 240Z.

Early modern was won by Matthew Rickards, whose time in his 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7 RS was bettered only by the top three modern cars in the 90-strong field.

White has won six of the past seven Targas, and he has now set his sights on Targa Tasmania on April 16.

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