The prestigious Australian Rally Championship (ARC) component of the event - Rally Tasmania 2010 has announced Steve Glenney and Alan Stean as the winners in Modern category for Team Federal Tyres, with Victorian young gun, Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth finished second; Simon and Jamie Vandenberg a solid third in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IV.
A top field of over 50 entries saw some of Australian motorsport's biggest names and best drivers who boosted the real benchmark for the modern cars for the three-day event from February 26-28. After converting his Subaru Impreza WRX STI from gravel spec to tarmac trim by fitting new springs, bigger front brakes and removing the turbo restrictor; South Australian horse trainer, Steve Glenney was eager to repeat his success in the event from two years ago. He and his navigator, Alan Stean, drove the newly built machine with Federal Corsa FZ-201 in size 235/45R17 as a crowd pleaser in front of thousands of spectators, while moving into the lead by setting the fastest time in style with a 01:41:27.6 convincing win on the street stage. The Tasmanian road course covers the state's most iconic, tight and twisty runs with a total competitive distance of 210 kilometers to complete the 19 special legs. The two was pushing hard throughout the tough battle on the final day in the tarmac competition as they emerged from a ruck of rival cars to give Federal tyres a fairytale welcome to the 30th anniversary edition of Tasmania tarmac rallying in the state's north west of Australia.
Glenney, who made his debut of a new tarmac rally tyre to the event, with the Taiwanese made Federal brand supporting his entry in the rally, was ecstatic with his podium finish at a national level. "It's great to win Rally Tasmania for the second time in three years," he stated. “This is a really full-on day, and I was confident of a tremendous drive and good showing in the rally. With plenty of testing planned before the event, everything went well in the car, and the tyres were really up to the task. They allowed me to have chance of upsetting other competitors," he added. Leading the event into the last day, the reigning champion said his victory had meant his tyre choice was also an advantage after a few suspension problems experienced on the very last day of the race. “Motorsport can be cruel at times; nevertheless, we’ve proven that the Federal brand has not only carried rapid competition speed under intense pressure, but lasted the distance in contention over all of the rally's 19 stages. A unique semi-slick shoulder area and enhanced R compound tread design makes Corsa FZ-201 an ideal tire delivering road and race performance.” He concluded. Besides the 30th Burnie-based Rally Tasmania win, Glenney in particular also claimed a sensational record in Tasmania. He has recently won the modern section of Targa Tasmania in 2008 and the classic section of Targa Wrest Point in 2009.