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Grip : GRIP April 2012
SPORT GRIP BUCKBY’S TEAM THIRD IN CHAMPIONSHIP THE Neil Buckby Motors combination of general sales manager, Ben Newman, and Dealer Principal, Crichton Lewis, have taken their Subaru WRX STI to third place in the CAMS Australian Targa Championship in the 4WD Showroom class. The Launceston based pair had their first rally in January 2011, and with Ben driving and Crichton calling the notes, the combination showed promise and, it’s fair to say, have become hooked on the spor t. Not only are they competing in the series, they are also sponsoring it, supplying a number of course cars to the organisers. The cars look terrific in all their livery. This year the course was the longest in the 21-year history of Targa Tasmania. In total, there were 620 competitive kilometres across 38 stages, that’s 120 kilometres more than ever before. Ben and Crichton started the series with a fourth place at Targa High Country in November. The Mt Buller based event is a two-day Targa, and took the boys out of their comfort zone on the fast Victorian roads. Next up was, for them, a “southern event”. Targa Wrest Point is Hobart based and uses the old Targa Tasmania roads down in the Huon Valley that the big event no longer utilises. Again they finished fourth, taking a further 210 championship points to bring their total to 420, the reward for consistency while others, like early series leader, Ric Shaw in a Mitsubishi Lancer, crashed out of the event, and the series. Finally came the mother of all Targas – Targa Tasmania – that got underway in their hometown, Launceston, on Tuesday, April 17. It was their first time in the event and the boys took their Subaru WRX STI safely, and quickly, over all 38 stages. Overall they travelled over 2000 kilometres across the six days, an enormous test of endurance. Another fourth earned them 420 points for a total of 840, enough to secure third behind Scott Millar’s Lancer on 880 points, a driver who has been on the circuit for many years and is a former Showroom class winner at Targa Tasmania. It is the first major piece of silverware for Ben and Crichton, and it will sit proudly in their showroom in St John St. “We really enjoyed our first Targa Tasmania,” Ben said. “It’s a very long event and very challenging, and the more we get in to it, the more you really appreciate the legends of Jim Richards and Jason White, because the concentration required and keeping yourself on the ball for so long takes a huge effort.” “We’re car dealers and not car racers, so our plan was just to be safe and consistent and it looks like it’s paid off, so we’re pretty excited. “There’s plenty of competition in the championship from the Mitsubishi product, and we’re basically the only Subaru that’s been competing in the championship, so it’s good to finish on a high. It’s a testament to the Subaru brand, it’s an easy car to drive and it’s been reliable, so it’s been really good.” Ben Newman (left) and Crichton Lewis finished third in the CAMS Australian Targa Championship. INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AFTERSALES AMBASSADOR MARKETING ALLIANCES WHAT’S IN THE PRESS TRENDS DEALER RANKINGS NPS SCORES SPORT
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