The Devines’ Targa during the street stage in Longford yesterday afternoon.
The Devines’ Targa during the street stage in Longford yesterday afternoon.

Miniholics duo in for tough days

WARWICK’S father-daughter racing team Pat and Mindi Devine are today travelling to Strahan for an overnight stay before continuing to Hobart on Sunday as part of the Targa Tasmania rally.

The duo, competing under the name of The Miniholics, are now on their fourth day of the rally.

Although the end is near, now is certainly no time to rest, for the two days with the most gruelling and challenging parts of the rally are still ahead of them.

“The next two days are going to be tough and the times are a lot harder to beat,” Miss Devine said.

“It will be nice to get to Hobart but there’s still a long way to go yet.”

Miss Devine said she has managed to meet a few people who have raced at Morgan Park and Stanthorpe and said a lot of people on the rally understand Warwick’s strong connection to racing.

Over the first two days the competitors travelled back to Launceston at night, but over the next two days they will continue travelling until they reach their destination of Hobart.

Miss Devine spoke to the Daily News while the crew performed an oil change on the vehicle last night.

She said she had enjoyed the day of driving yesterday, despite a wrong-turn along the way and one of the eight stages being cancelled.

The Devines took off on their journey just after 8am yesterday morning and travelled an exhausting 400kms or so by day’s end.

“It was a really good day yesterday – we passed three cars in one of the stages today,” she said.

“We missed one corner when Dad turned right instead of left but we only travelled about 1km down the road before we realised.

“Our service crew was down that way and said they thought we were coming to say ‘hello’.”

Pat has taken the driver’s seat, while Mindi is his right-hand man, navigating from the passenger seat.

“Navigating seems easy but it is exhausting because you are concentrating all day,” she said.

Last night the Devines were preparing to enjoy a fun night out at the celebratory Targafest.

“It will be good to get down there and have a look and it’s a great way to get all the local people of Launceston involved,” Miss Devine said.

Keep updated on the Devines’ progress by visiting www.miniholicraceteam.com



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