THIS week, the Daily News will bring online users updates from Team Betta Warwick at the "Ultimate Tarmac Rally", Targa Tasmania.
Driver Rob Balint and navigator Peter Lane started the event Tuesday with the prologue.
Report 1 from the team:
Firstly let's introduce the team:
- Driver Rob Balint
- Navigator Peter Lane
- Crew Chief Richard Cronan
- Chief Engineer Gub Balint
- Team Mascot Papa Smurf
- Car Mitsubishi Evo TME 6.5 (not a Lancer)
Team Betta Warwick in Car 886 is back for another assault at the most extreme Tarmac Rally in the world (well we think that anyway).
Rob and Peter left Warwick with the Team Betta Warwick race car in tow on Saturday and travelled south to Melbourne overnighting in Narrandera.
Upon arrival in Melbourne we left the trailer at SCT Transport, thanks Pete and Geoff Smith, and proceeded to Waterfront Place to board the Spirit of Tasmania.
We were a little early so it was decided to leave the warmth of the cars and get a coffee.
We only had to go about 100m to the coffee shop and on the way we walked passed several penguins wearing overcoats.
To say it was cold was an understatement. Anyway after coffee we boarded the ferry and set sail for Tasmania.
The crossing of Bass Straight was not very smooth. The ferry rocked and rolled all night and not a lot of sleep was had by either Rob nor Peter.
But we made it to Davenport in one piece and with our dinner still in our stomach. We departed Davenport by road and set out for Launceston, after a little hurdle, Peter left his mobile phone in the Cabin of the ferry and had to do a quick recovery run to get it back.
The trip across to Launceston was uneventful and we managed to find 'home' in one easy go.
The vehicles were unloaded and then we took the Team Betta Warwick Evo to scrutineering and the official entry.
Richard arrived, via plane, at about 11 am and he was picked up from the airport and taken back to Rally HQ to officially nominate as Crew Chief for car 886.
All three of us then attended Drivers Briefing and The 'Welcome Party'.
Today was the official start of the event. It saw us being "waved off " from the Country Club Casino, Launceston before heading to the first prologue stage of Kayena. The day culminates at the famous Georgetown Prologue stage around the township of Georgetown.
Gub is due to arrive tonight.
Till the new report - Peter, Rob and Richard.