FOUR-time champion Jason White is edging closer to a fifth Targa Tasmania crown after increasing his lead during yesterday's action.
The world's premier tarmac rally took in the spectacular sights of the East Coast over eight stages and the open roads suited White's new Lamborghini Gallardo Squadro Corse to a T.
With uncle John by his side navigating, the pair built on their overnight buffer of 48 seconds, adding a further 11-second gap to their nearest rival, Burnie's Eddie Maguire.
After teething problems with the Lamborghini early in the event, White has put the pedal to the metal and now only a minor catastrophe looks like stopping him from getting his hands on another title.
"We're getting on top of the gremlins one by one, although we've still got a few on the list to be conquered," White, of Devonport, said.
"We've fixed our traction control problem, which was one of the biggest things, mainly over concerns with tyre wear and the front diff.
"Road conditions were great, probably the best that we've ever had for the East Coast, especially the Sideling, which was fairly dry this morning."
Maguire is driving well in his debut appearance, however, and has an 18-second advantage over last year's winner, Jamie Vandenberg, in a Nissan GT-R.
Showroom leader Tony Quinn also increased his supremacy on day three, but Launceston's Peter Nunn retired from the Classic Outright lead after blowing an engine in his Porsche 944, handing that position to Craig Haysman.
The field leaves Launceston this morning and heads to the West Coast, with an overnight stop in Strahan.