Submariner excels at Targa West Rally

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Location(s): Perth, WA

Topic(s): Rally Car Driving

Leading Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst Submarines Glen Renshaw and co-driver Krystle McDonald stand with the Renshaw racing vehicle on Haynes Street in Kalamunda, WA, in between the Targa West Rally stages.  (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)
Leading Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst Submarines Glen Renshaw and co-driver Krystle McDonald stand with the Renshaw racing vehicle on Haynes Street in Kalamunda, WA, in between the Targa West Rally stages.

It is a long way from the underwater world of a Collins class submarine to the world of rally car driving but for Leading Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst Glen Renshaw, driving his Holden VE SSV around racetracks in Western Australia has its similarities.

“Just as in Navy we have our priorities but when racing the first priority is to finish and to finish safely,” he said.

Leading Seaman Renshaw recently completed the premier rally driving event for Western Australia, Targa West, which was held in and around Perth over a four day period coming in a credible tenth position overall in a field of over 60 cars.

This was not the first event for Leading Seaman Renshaw, his love of cars and testing himself out behind the wheel go back many years.

“I first purchased my vehicle in late 2008 and started racing on drag strips in 2009,” he said.

“It all just started out as friendly banter between submariners track drag racing in our spare time and then one of my friends and myself started participating in the one-day rally car events.

“I have driven in the Targa West since 2013 and this is my fourth year. I have also done Targa South-West for three years and all things going well I hope to do Targa Tasmania next year.”

Leading Seaman Renshaw acknowledges the value of the teamwork that goes in to competing in a rally event like Targa West and draws comparison to the crew work that is needed to successfully operate a submarine.

“I have bought a lot of what I have learned through Navy to rally car driving. We all have a job to do and rely on each other to get the job done. We are all dependent on each other to get the car through to the finish line.

“I have a thoroughly professional co-driver in Krystle McDonald and a service crew of Paul and Candice Williams and Mike Stinson who look after everything from the engine to the logistics involved in getting the team and car to the race on time.

“The team and I are really looking forward to Targa Tasmania next year in that the second day of the rally is Anzac Day, so I am looking at how the team and I can get involved in the commemoration itself along with the race.”