Bayswater husband and wife rally team Jurgen and Helen Lunsmann claim first win at Targa South West


Front row: Murray Armenti (co-driver) and Simon Gunson (driver), Richard Cox, and Helen and Jurgen Lunsmann who competed in the A2.
Front row: Murray Armenti (co-driver) and Simon Gunson (driver), Richard Cox, and Helen and Jurgen Lunsmann who competed in the A2.

JURGEN and Helen Lunsmann had their first win as co-drivers at the Targa South West tarmac rally in Pemberton and Manjimup this month.

The husband and wife team from Bayswater won their class in the Early Classic Challenge.

The Lunsmann’s 1971 Ford Capri Perana A2 replica had alternator issues that ruled them out of an outright position in Classic Challenge.

Lynford Ford’s Richard Cox, who sponsors the team, said the co-drivers played it safe on the next competition stage.

“Jurgen and Helen held an eight second lead after five stages, but during liaison made the difficult decision to return to service park rather than risk the car on stage,” Mr Cox said.

The service crew replaced the alternator before the car started stage seven.

Helen said conditions were difficult “but we survived, and we are still speaking to each other”.

“I had to adjust my calling to suit a new driver, and I have to say that he really did listen to me.”

The team’s sister car, a 1971 Capri Perana (Cologne) replica driven by team owner Simon Gunson and Murray Armenti, of Morley, finished first in the Early Classic Competition class and first outright in Classic Competition category.