Driver Rob Balint and navigator Peter Lane during one leg of Targa Tasmania.
Driver Rob Balint and navigator Peter Lane during one leg of Targa Tasmania. Perfect Prints

Warwick rally racing duo tackle Targa Tasmania

ROB Balint hasn't had a lifetime of experience in motor sport but that hasn't stopped him recording a 19th place outright in Targa Tasmania.

In a sport where the navigator is just as important as the driver, Peter Lane has been in the passenger seat for the five competition days.

After competing for the first time last year, they were seventh in the early modern class this year in a 2001 Mitsubishi Evolution.

Both were presented with their Targa plates yesterday.

They reached speeds of 240kmh on long flat sections.

Balint, from Warwick Betta Home Living, said the rally was sensational.

"The whole state is beautiful, particularly the east coach," Balint said.

"Peter and I sourced the car particularly for this event and changed it from a road to competition car.

"It has all the safety equipment. This is something we have always wanted to do and can now tick it off the bucket list."

Lane, who runs Brodrick Transport, has the role of reading the rally notes.

Behind every motor racing team is the pit crew, in this case Richard Cronan, of Warwick Industrial Supplies, and Sunshine Coast pair Troy Perrin and Peter Bridson.

For the team, the trip to Tasmania is only the start of their rallying career.

They will compete in Targa Adelaide in August, Targa Mt Buller in Victoria in November and then Targa Tasmania against next year.

They will miss the first of the two rallies in Tasmania next year, Targa Wrest Point, in February.



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