White’s prepared for Targa Tasmania title defence

Ready for action: Devonport's Jason White will again team up with ulcle John and his Dodge Viper in their Targa Tasmania title defence, which starts on Monday. Picture: Cordell Richardson.
Ready for action: Devonport's Jason White will again team up with ulcle John and his Dodge Viper in their Targa Tasmania title defence, which starts on Monday. Picture: Cordell Richardson.

Devonport duo Jason and John White will look to bounce back from an underwhelming result at the Targa North West in their attempt to win their seventh Targa Tasmania title when the event begins on Monday.

The 2017 champions have had to spend much of their preparation for the six day event repairing their 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme after issues in the Targa North West, which led the team to not finish either day.

White said the car has recovered quickly and was ready to go for the first day of the event.

“Our car has made a pretty speedy recovery after the Targa North West, where we had a few issues with the fuel pump and power steering, but they were pretty simple fixes,” White said.

“I haven’t really had the chance to get the car on the road, but we are having a practice day at Baskerville, so we will be ready."

White believed experience was the most important factor in his success and not being based near many of the North-West Coast stages.

“It doesn’t make a huge amount of difference because they are not the roads you use on your daily commute to work.

“ So it is probably more the fact it is the 21st time I have done the event and have done a fair bit of reconnaissance over the years on most of those stages, which is more knowledge of the event.” 

White believed the evenness of the field and the unpredictable nature of the racing will mean many drivers will be a strong chance.

There is fairly stiff competition this year, the likes of Matt Close, who has been competitive for the last few years in his Porsche.

“He is our main competition for GT2, along with Mike Pritchard, who finished second the last few years in a Dodge Viper, who has now changed to a Porsche.”