Targa News

15.07.2022

July E-News

TARGA Tasmania course revamp coming for 2023

In what will be the largest course overhaul since the 2008 event, which saw the removal of the double trip to Hobart, next year’s TARGA Tasmania will reset the event for a bright future and an exciting new journey after some difficult years.

Whilst the actual stages and course design are still being worked on, which we are aiming to announce later this year, we are excited to announce today where the event will start and finish along with where each overnight stop will be, to enable everyone making the annual pilgrimage to Tasmania in 2023, the opportunity to start locking away their bookings in each location.

For the very first time in TARGA Tasmania’s history, the Ultimate Tarmac Rally will get underway on the Hobart waterfront on 17 April, competing on stages in the south for Leg One before returning to Hobart for the first overnight stop. In starting the event in Hobart, this will also mean that documentation, scrutineering and briefings will also be held in Hobart on 15 & 16 April.

Leg Two on 18 April sees the field travel to Strahan for the second overnight stop. Yes, you guessed it, some of the world’s best roads in reverse. Not only will this provide some exciting new challenges, it will also assist with the all-important pre-event reconnaissance.

Leg Three on 19 April sees the field travel to Launceston for the first of a two night stay in the `Northern Capital’, competing on a number of the event’s iconic stages to get there.

Leg Four on 20 April sees the traditional East Coast loop out to St. Helens before returning to Launceston for a second overnight stop.

Leg Five on 21 April sees the field leave Launceston and return to Strahan for a second overnight stop, again competing on the event’s iconic stages in the North-West of the state.

And, Leg Six on 22 April sees the field return to Hobart for the Official Finish following the traditional route that competitors have loved every year since 1992.

Trophy Collection and the Presentation Dinner will both be held on 23 April at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.

In summary, it all looks like this;

  • 15 & 16 April – Pre-event activities – Overnight Hobart
  • 17 April – Ceremonial Start and Leg One – Overnight Hobart
  • 18 April – Leg Two – Overnight Strahan
  • 19 April – Leg Three – Overnight Launceston
  • 20 April – Leg Four – Overnight Launceston
  • 21 April – Leg Five – Overnight Strahan
  • 22 April – Leg Six and Official Finish – Overnight Hobart
  • 23 April – Trophy Collection and Presentation Dinner – Overnight Hobart

Entries were due to open on 15 August, but this will be postponed and will now open on a date to be advised.

TARGA High Country dates changed

In order to ensure the current review of TARGA style tarmac rallying has the time to complete its review, along with hopefully providing us with a suitable amount of time to address and implement any changes to come from this review, we have made the decision to again put TARGA High Country back to 10 to 12 February 2023.

The last two running’s of the event have been held in February due to COVID lockdowns, so making the decision to do this again makes perfect sense and will release a little pressure from everyone currently involved in the review process.

We, as organisers, feel it is important that we do all we can to run a TARGA style tarmac rally before we all return to TARGA Tasmania next year. This was also a factor in the date change decision to give us every chance possible to ensure that this can happen.

We sincerely thank Mansfield Shire Council and Mt. Buller & Mt. Stirling Resort Management Board for their ongoing support and input into what will hopefully be another successful TARGA event in the High Country region of Victoria.

Entries for TARGA High Country will open in the months ahead on a date to be advised.

Spirit of Tasmania bookings now open for TARGA Tasmania 2023

Bookings can now be made on the Spirit of Tasmania for next year’s 31st running of TARGA Tasmania. Simply follow the link below in order to make your bookings;

https://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/offers/targa-tasmania-2023

30th Anniversary TARGA Tasmania TV show broadcast next weekend

It’s that time of the year again where we broadcast our annual TARGA Tasmania TV Show, this year being the 30th Anniversary makes it a must-see show. So don’t forget to set your calendars for Sunday 24 July at 1:00pm to watch the TT30 TV Show on Channel 9. Please be sure to check your local TV guide, as the time may differ in different locations. 

TT30 Officials Dinner

The important and exciting dinner to recognise our all-important TARGA Officials will now be held on 27 August at the Hotel Grand Chancellor starting at 6.30pm.

Like everyone involved with TARGA, the last couple of years have been tough on our officials, so we felt it was time that they had their very own dinner to enable everyone to come together, celebrate their contribution and achievements and enable them to catch up again after the tough event we had back in April.

Some competitors are flying into Hobart for this function, to show their support for our officials and we welcome any of this year’s competitors to also attend.  It promises to be a great night full of cheer along with reflection.

If you competed in this year’s TARGA Tasmania and would like to attend this function, please email Mikala at mikala@targa.com.au for further information.

For those officials invited to attend, please note that we require an RSVP to secure your ticket as we have a venue capacity due to COVID.

TARGA CEO update

With various committees and the review panel now in full swing post this year’s TARGA Tasmania, we are working tirelessly to support the process and have input into the multitude of conversations taking place.

There is no doubt the last few months have been extremely hard on our team.  The uncertainty we are currently faced with is hard to avoid and cannot be hidden, yet our team come to the office every day with a smile on, ready to get things done.  I ask that everyone be respectful and patient in their dealings with our team, as we all now need to be patient in the months ahead, until we have a clear picture on what the future looks like for our events.

We can promise you that the moment we are able to do, say or advise anything, we will, and we are as keen as you all are to see a return to normality, which for our team hasn’t been the case since the 10th Anniversary running of TARGA High Country in 2019.

As we work our way through a colder than normal Hobart winter, our optimism about the future grows each week, even though we are still bitterly disappointed about not going to Cairns this year.  Last year’s running really helped us in dealing with the tragic events of TARGA Tasmania 2021.

There is plenty of positive news contained in this e-news and as TARGA has done when faced with adversity in the past, we will rise again in 2023, safe in the knowledge that the `Ultimate Tarmac Rally’ continues to have the unwavering support of the Tasmanian State Government, all of the island’s local councils, Tasmania Police, our sponsors and most importantly, the people who call Tasmania home.

We look forward to staying in touch in the months ahead and welcoming many of you to TARGA High Country in February 2023.

Mark Perry
CEO

TARGA Review Panel Survey

The Motorsport Australia Board appointed review panel is currently calling for public submissions. We encourage all TARGA customers to take the time to submit their thoughts and positive ideas. Submissions remain open until Friday 29 July at 5.00pm.  Simply follow the link to the online survey.

11.07.2022

Vale Michael Collinson | 13 Sept 1943 – 3 July 2022

The TARGA family are deeply saddened by the passing of our 15-year official, Michael Collinson.

Michael assisted on TARGA stages for several years with his wife Judi, before becoming a foundation member of the first Mobile Stage Team in 2008.

His professional expertise was deeply respected in Stage Team Newcombe at Tasmanian and High-Country events for eight years, as were his many suggestions for improving systems and manuals.

As a former Senior Marine Communications Lecturer at AMC Launceston and Communications Officer for both the Australian Antarctic Division and Australian Marine Safety Authority, Michael made an exceptional tracker, pivotal in teaching many newcomers correct radio procedure and the importance of adhering to communications protocols.

Michael also completed the TARGA Tour with Bob Hallett and competed with Bruce Smee in Regularity, and following his retirement from Stage Teams, continued as a Daily Official for the past six years.

Above all else, Michael was a stickler for rules who had a wicked sense of humour, knew how to have a great time and was an incredible team player.

He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Michael, we salute you and send our sincerest condolences to Judi and family – Rest in Peace.

15.06.2022

NO TARGA GREAT BARRIER REEF FOR 2022

An ongoing review into tarmac rallying being conducted by Motorsport Australia, which is not due to be completed until later in the year, will mean that this year’s 5th running of TARGA Great Barrier will not proceed, with a planned return for the Cairns-based event pushed out until September 1-3 in 2023.

TARGA CEO, Mark Perry said while disappointing, all parties remained committed to running the event next year.

“Whilst we are extremely disappointed in having to advise every one of more bad news, it is important that we remain positive and committed to the long-term future of TARGA,” Perry said.

“In order to do this, we must take stock of the challenges being faced and ensure that the reviews currently underway are fully supported, which will in turn go a long way to delivering a bright future to everyone in the TARGA family.

“All our Queensland partners are supportive of the decision and remain committed to TARGA Great Barrier Reef, which has had a huge local impact since its inception in Tropical North Queensland in 2018.

“Rest assured that we will be using this time to create an exciting new TARGA event series for 2023 and beyond.”

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06.06.2022

Update from TARGA CEO to all TARGA Customers, Current, Past & Future

Sermons to our loyal customers became a regular part of this year’s 30th TARGA Tasmania for me.  An event that took another tragic turn, impacting every single person in attendance and many more connected to TARGA, but not on the island at the time.  With some time now past since the event ended, it is such a time again to deliver some words to the wider tarmac rallying community, as you all come to grips with the fallout that has come to light recently.

First and foremost, our thoughts and condolences continue to be with Sandra and her family.  We will also never forget Shane Navin, Leigh Mundy, Dennis Neagle, John Mansell & Ian Johnston.

It is hard to explain how it has been at TARGA since the event finished but the perceived silence is actually a pretty normal thing post event.  Totally invisible to competitors under normal circumstances, the TARGA team always have a week off straight after the event to recharge their batteries after working every day for at least 25 days, just to get you all to the start line, through the event, over the finish line and to the dinner.  This year, given the expanded size of the 30th event, we had already decided pre-event to have our entire team (myself included) on leave until 16 May, to ensure the team were fully re-charged on their return for TARGA Great Barrier Reef. 

Naturally, the reality of the event made it imperative for the team to be with their family and friends to support them through this difficult time.

Before we had even returned to the office, we were advised on Saturday 14 May by Motorsport Australia that their board had passed a resolution that morning to suspend all tarmac rallying until further notice.  We were advised of this at 3.00pm and the media release was published at 4.30pm.  We had absolutely no indication that this was even a discussion point before this moment of advice.  This decision left us with a mountain of additional items to deal with on our return on 16 May.  All on top of what is already a very heavy workload in packing up TARGA Tasmania.

Personally, I then also needed some further time out after a sudden family illness last week resulting in the passing of my dear old Mum in late May. 

I can categorically say that the period from the cancellation of TARGA Tasmania in 2020 to today is now a period unprecedented in the history of TARGA Tasmania and dare I say, tarmac rallying anywhere in the world.  Yet, we have continued to turn up every day to ensure that we deliver some of the world’s most exciting motorsport events for our customers.  Our dream never fades, our desire to be better never subsides.  We are always doing the best we possibly can, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

We continue to face new challenges every day and have many more to come in the weeks and months ahead.  Key to getting through this time is unity, not division, and I thank the many of you that I have had communication with during and since the event, who have expressed care and concern for the well-being of myself and our amazing team.  People who understand that our only role in the creation of the challenges we now face was to provide every competitor an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.  What competitors choose to do with that opportunity is beyond our control at the end of the day.

As I clearly stated to those in attendance at the competitors briefing, we have done all we can over the last year to implement all of the changes needed and recommended by the Investigatory Tribunal, ensuring that you again get to live out your dreams at TARGA Tasmania.  Ultimately though, we are in your hands. This has been a consistent message from me since I came to this role in 2006. Perspective and the importance of it. 

We need to find a way to continue to work cohesively together to ensure that our dreams can continue to come true in the future. This is not the end, but just a pause in the journey to take stock, and ensure we move forward in the right direction. 

We will continue to work closely with Motorsport Australia and the review committee to re-establish our events as quickly as possible, and insure that tarmac rallying continues long into the future. We will also work closely with the various competitor groups that take part in our TARGA events and the myriad of stakeholders who we need to approve each event.

I know that this period is, and will continue to be, frustrating for competitors, but after 30 glorious years of TARGA events, delivering life-long memories to many thousands of people across the world, patience is now the key ingredient we will all need to have, if we are to continue on this glorious journey to 40 years and beyond.

We will keep you updated as information comes to hand in the weeks ahead.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this most difficult of times.

Enjoy some exciting news below about 2023.

Yours Sincerely

Mark Perry
CEO
TARGA Australia

TARGA recently formalised its new agreement for TARGA Tasmania with Events Tasmania, which will see the country’s oldest tarmac rally be run until at least 2027.

In recent months, we have been talking more about our previously planned move to a March date.  As we come out of COVID, and analysing the tourism landscape in 2022, we have decided, in agreement with Events Tasmania and the various regional tourism bodies around the state, the actual best place for TARGA Tasmania to stay for the next five years, is exactly where it has historically been held; the week after the Easter long weekend.

So, we are excited to announce the dates today for the next five running’s of TARGA Tasmania, which will take the `Ultimate Tarmac Rally’ to it’s 35th Anniversary event in 2027.

·         2023 – 17 to 22 April

·         2024 – 8 to 13 April

·         2025 – 28 April to 3 May

·         2026 – 13 to 18 April

·         2027 – 5 to 10 April

There is a myriad of exciting announcements surrounding next year’s event to come out in the weeks ahead, including the course (get ready for some amazing changes), the opening of entries, which will be later than normal on 15 August and what you can expect from TARGA Tasmania in the future.

We appreciate your patience in recent times and hopefully the moving back of next years date by a month will assist everyone’s plans to show their support for TARGA Tasmania.  We can assure you all that we will be back better than ever in 2023.

18.05.2022

Statement from TARGA Australia

TARGA to work with Motorsport Australia

TARGA Australia will continue to work with Motorsport Australia following that organisation’s decision to suspend issuing permits for any Targa style tarmac rally events.

The suspension follows the tragic death of a competitor, Tony Seymour, during the recent 2022 TARGA Tasmania.

Motorsport Australia’s Targa Review Panel, which was instigated after the loss of lives at TARGA Tasmania in 2021, will investigate the latest incident and make further recommendations on the future of Targa style tarmac rallies.

TARGA Australia CEO, Mark Perry, said his organisation would cooperate fully with the Review Panel and Motorsport Australia to ensure the future of its three events – Targa Tasmania, Targa High Country and Targa Great Barrier Reef.

TARGA West in Western Australia and the Adelaide Rally are also subject to the Motorsport Australia suspension.

“The loss of Tony at Targa this year was a tragedy and our heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends who continue to feel his loss,” Perry said.

“This is a time for further reflection and we will work with Motorsport Australia to ensure our sport has a bright future.”

“This was the 30th running of TARGA Tasmania, and it has such a special place in our state, and has led to the successful creation of events in Queensland and Victoria.”

As this matter is now subject to the Review Panel’s work, and is before the coroner, TARGA Australia will not be making any further statements.

02.05.2022

Maguire wins TARGA Tasmania 30 as results announced

Eddie Maguire (Dodge Viper) in action during Day 2 of TARGA Tasmania 30. (Photo: Otherside productions)

Burnie driver Eddie Maguire has been declared the winner of the TARGA Tasmania 30th anniversary event.

Maguire (Dodge Viper) had climbed to a lead of just under one minute after officials moved to downgrade the event at the end of Day 2 after the tragic death of fellow Outright competitor Tony Seymour.

Reigning TARGA High Country champions Jeff Morton and Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS) placed second overall in Dutton Garage GT Outright.

For Maguire, it was a case of mixed emotions winning TT for a second successive year.

“We are glad we had the pace,” Maguire said.

 “After last year’s tragic finish and we didn’t get to enjoy the spoils of winning the event, our main aim this year was to come back and prove that we had the pace.

“We wanted to race the Whites (Jason and John) and race them fair and square. 

 “Although they had a bit of misfortune at George Town on the first day they had no excuses for the second day so we had them fair and square.

“It is just a shame we couldn’t continue and battle with them for the rest of the week.”

Maguire and his co-driver Zak Brakey claimed five of the six stages on Day 2 with Morton winning the final stage of the day.

After suffering a broken right-rear upright at George Town on Day 1, Jason White went into recovery mode in his Dodge Viper, rocketing up the order to be classified in 14th after starting the day 133rd. White matched Maguire’s time on the Mt Roland stage.

Third in GT Outright was Angus Kennard with Ian Wheeler in their 2015 Nissan GT-R.

Jon and Gina Siddins were classified winners in Shannons Classic GT by 22 seconds after another polished run in their beautifully prepared 1970 Datsun 240Z.

There was an epic battle in Classic Throttle Shop GT Production section with Ben Newman and Adam Kudra taking a 16 second win.

Trevor Macleod, in a 2009 Nissan GT-R with Steve Glenney topped the Dutton Garage Early Modern 4 class.

Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter (1989 BMW 325e) shared the spoils in Shannons Classic Handicap with Peter and Sari Ullrich (1964 Studebaker Avanti).

 In Dutton Garage Early Modern 2, Adam Spence and his navigator Lee Challoner-Miles (2004 BMW M3 CSL) were victorious with a slender one second margin in a class where less than a minute covered the top five.

Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy was topped by Steven Sher/Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige while Matthew Carey/Jason Spotswood (1979 Holden Commodore) took the Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy.

Queenslanders Darryl and Peter Marshall  (2002 Ford Pursuit Ute) edged to a three-point win over Tracey Hoven/Garth Davies (2018 Alpine A110) in the penalty-points based TSD Trophy.

See all results HERE

01.05.2022

Crowds line the finish of the TARGA Tasmania 30 Tour

A strong crowd gathered for the BOSCH Motorsport Official Finish of the TARGA Tasmania 30 Tour at Hobart’s Princes Wharf 1 precinct.

After six days of stages around Tasmania’s most iconic roads, the event ended with a few hundred tour cars and competition cars crossing the finish gantry to collect their much deserved medals.

Competitor Chris Bowden, who drove the multi-million-dollar 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing 300 SL, paid tribute to his fellow Queenslander, Tony Seymour, who was tragically killed on Wednesday.

“It didn’t start out well. We knew Tony (Seymour) really well,” Bowden said.

“One of the great tragedies for him would be that he would be thinking he has impeded on the sport he loved so much.

“But I think the organisers made the right call.

“I know the competitors who stayed and did the Tour have surprised themselves as to how much fun they’ve had.”

Bowden was thrilled at having the opportunity to pilot one of the world’s most iconic pieces of machinery.

“Great food, met some beautiful people. The car just ran perfectly. The only time I lifted the hood was to show people the engine bay.

“Mercedes built these cars to do these kind of events.

“It’s an absolute privilege to be able to pilot the car for a week. I learnt a lot about the vehicle and its immense capabilities.

“I just had to keep reminding myself this car is from 1955. It set the bar so high when it was built.”

TARGA stalwart Glenn Ridge (1995 Mazda RX-7 SP) was thrilled at the support the event received by fans who lined some of the stages on the final day.

“This is my 29th TT and it was the first time I’ve done it in a Tour capacity but we saw some great scenery and met some great people and it was a bit more relaxed,” Ridge said.

“When you are in the competition you are going as hard as you can and you have to prepare yourself for it.

“This is probably the most relaxed I’ve ever been coming into Hobart.

“Anyone who gets to do TT loves it.

“The organisers have done a great job and they couldn’t have done any more than they have done.

“Everyone is very supportive of this event. We came back from Strahan today and there was a lot of people on the side of the roads. It was fantastic to see.”

The event covered more than 2000km and involved 34 stages on closed public roads.

29.04.2022

GALLERY: TARGA Tasmania 30 Tour

Our team at Otherside Productions was out and about on the road capturing the tour groups on Day 4.

We have compiled a gallery from the route today that took the field to the north-west.
The stages today included:

Mole Creek (4.40km)

Castra (7.68km)

Gunns Plains (14.73km)

Riana (31.81km)

Hellyer Gorge (20.73km)

Rinadeena (34.63km).

28.04.2022

Driver named in TARGA Tasmania accident

Long-time TARGA competitor Tony Seymour has been confirmed as the person who lost his life on the second day of TARGA Tasmania on Wednesday.

Mr Seymour was an experienced driver and had competed in many of TARGA’s suite of rallies over recent years which also include events in Cairns and Mt Buller in Victoria.

The entire TARGA community is deeply affected by Mr Seymour’s death and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

The 59-year-old was driving a 2013 Lotus Exige in the Mt Roland stage in Tasmania’s north when the car he was sharing with co-driver wife Sandra left the road and went over an embankment.

TARGA Australia chief executive Mark Perry said the loss is being deeply felt by the event. 

“Tony was a much loved member of our TARGA family and we are just crushed by what has happened,” Perry said.

“We are all just devastated by this tragedy and all of our thoughts are with Tony’s wife Sandra and his extended family and friends.”

The Seymours have been regular visitors to the podium in previous events highlighted by a third place finish in GT Sports Trophy at TARGA Tasmania in 2019.

27.04.2022

TARGA event update: TARGA Tasmania to continue as non-competitive event

Wednesday 27 April, 2022

Motorsport Australia and TARGA can confirm the remainder of TARGA Tasmania will be downgraded to a non-competitive tour event.

The decision follows the tragic passing of a competitor on Wednesday afternoon.

While cars will continue to drive on closed roads, drivers will now be limited the signposted speed limits for the remainder of the event.

Those who have entered into the competitive stages will be given the opportunity to join the Tour.

TARGA CEO Mark Perry said the decision to downgrade TARGA Tasmania was a difficult one, but necessary so the incident could be fully investigated and understood.

“It has been another tough day for all our TARGA community and we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends so impacted by this tragedy. Their loss is immense and we feel their pain. This is a very sad time,” Perry said.

“The change to downgrade the event to touring only was a difficult one for all of us to make but one that was necessary in the current circumstances as we work through this difficult time.

“So much has been done to make this sport safer since our event 12 months ago but we have still lost a member of the TARGA family, and we all need time to further reflect.”

Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport Michael Smith said the governing body supported the decision.

“On behalf of everyone at Motorsport Australia, we offer our sympathies to those impacted by this tragedy,” Smith said.

“We are now working closely with the Tasmanian Police and emergency services, along with TARGA event organisers as the investigation into the incident begins.

“We will continue to offer our support to the entire TARGA community, including our officials and competitors.”

Motorsport Australia and TARGA will provide further information over the coming days.

27.04.2022

Statement from TARGA Tasmania

6:00pm Wednesday April 27, 2022

With great sadness TARGA Tasmania can confirm a male competitor has died in a single vehicle crash on Olivers Road, Mount Roland, this afternoon.

Around 3.30pm today, a vehicle participating in TARGA Tasmania crashed over an embankment on a closed section of the event.   

No other vehicles were involved. 

Police and emergency services were called to the scene, however the man sadly died. The female front seat passenger received non life threatening injuries in the crash. 

Police do not have permission from the man’s family to release his name at this time. 

The crash is being investigated by police. 

The road remains closed while a crash investigation is carried out. 

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

TARGA Australia CEO Mark Perry said: “The thoughts of our the entire TARGA community are with our fellow competitor’s family and his loved ones at this extremely difficult time. We feel deeply for them all.

“We will work with Tasmania Police and Motorsport Australia to understand the full circumstances of the accident.

“For now, matters around TARGA Tasmania for this year is part of an on-going discussion with our partners, Motorsport Australia, and we will announce more once our plans have been finalised.”

26.04.2022

Maguire takes day one TARGA Tasmania lead

Defending champions Eddie Maguire and Zak Brakey have seized an early lead as the 30th anniversary edition of TARGA Tasmania fired into action today.

Guiding their Dodge Viper through the 4.80km George Town stage, Burnie pair Maguire and Brakey topped the run by seven seconds.

While it was a solid start for Maguire and Brakey, fellow Dodge Viper campaigners and seven-times winners Jason and John White struck oil and hit a kerb, forcing them to limp through the stage to finish down in 43rd, almost 3 minutes 20 seconds from the lead.

Maguire said he also struck the same oil and had a few moments through the stage but was fortunate to make it through without incident.

“It was incredibly slippery,” Maguire said.

“We had a big moment where the Whites went off and hit the kerb but we were lucky enough not to collect the gutter.

“We are a bit devastated because we were looking forward to racing properly and I really feel for the Whites.”

Sydney’s Jeff Morton and Daymon Nicoli (Porsche 911 GT2 RS), who stormed to their maiden outright win at High Country in February, are equal second.

Matching Morton and Nicoli were Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler (Nissan GT-R).

Sharing fourth overall are Hobart’s Michael Pritchard/Gary Mourant (Ultima RS) and Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (Nissan GT-R).

Topline Shannons Classic GT competitors Jon and Gina Siddins blitzed George Town, covering the 4.80km in 3min16 to lead the popular class by eight seconds.

In Shannons Classic Handicap the experienced Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter (BMW 325e) scampered to a two second lead.

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 and Early Modern 4 sees Andrew Bollom/Collins Greaves (Mazda RX-8 SP) lead by six seconds with Jason and Fiona Wright holding the barest of leads in the later category.

Classic Throttle Shop GT Production is topped by Stephen Maguire/Stuart Benson in their 2011 Mitsubishi Evo X.

TSD Trophy is being lead by Tracey Hoven and Garth Davies (2018 Alpine A110).

Matthew Carey/Jason Spotswood (1979 Holden Commodore) go into Day 2 with a 17 second lead in Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy while in Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy, Steven Sher/Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige) have a 16 second edge.

After the big field filed through the 3.57km opening stage (Hillwood) without incident, a couple of hitches struck the second stage.

There was a delay on the George Town after New South Wales pair Peter and Tristan Taylor collected a power pole on the George Town stage, walking away without injury.

Their GT Sports Trophy class 2015 Lotus Exige Sport 350 suffered heavy frontal impact during the incident.

Then the 1961 Volvo 122S of Ashley Yelds and John Doble went off as well.

Earlier Brisbane pair Zach Hegde and Sam Kenney (Retromotive 1981 Porsche 911) experienced a mechanical issue before scampering back to rejoin the action and complete George Town in the Thoroughbred Trophy class.

The day featured the ceremonial start from Launceston’s Grand Chancellor hotel before competitors headed out for the first of two competitive stages in the afternoon.

TT30 continues tomorrow with six stages to the north-west of Launceston with the lunch stop at Sheffield.

See all results HERE

25.04.2022

Epic showdown looms for landmark TARGA Tasmania

Last year’s overall winner, Eddie Maguire, will again be behind the wheel of a Dodge Viper (Photo: Otherside Productions)

One of the mightiest fields in history will battle for a coveted plate trophy at the 30th anniversary TARGA Tasmania from April 26 to May 1.

A hot line-up of Australia’s finest tarmac rally competitors and machines headline a record entry list of 500 cars across 10 categories.

Among the list of GT Outright contenders are defending champions Ed Maguire and Zak Brakey (Dodge Viper), seven-times champions Jason and John White (Dodge Viper) and two-time winner Tony Quinn and Kate Catford (Nissan GT-R).

Sydney brain cancer survivor Jeff Morton goes into the event with impeccable form after his maiden Outright win at TARGA High Country in February alongside Daymon Nicoli in their Porsche GT2 RS.

Hobart surgeon Michael Pritchard adds to the mix at the front of the field with his English supercar, a 2021 Ultima RS, which he debuted at High Country recently with co-driver Gary Mourant.

Other strong combinations in GTO include Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (Mercedes AMG GT R), Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler (Nissan GT-R) and Peter Nunn/Keith Johnstone (Porsche GT2 RS).

Amid a host of technical and regulation changes, competitors will be faced with the prospect of arriving for the first time with four wet weather tyres, part of the mandates from Motorsport Australia’s Investigatory Tribunal which handed down 23 recommendations for all Australian tarmac rallies in a 61-page report last September.

“The wet weather tyres are a bit of an unknown but it really comes down to driving to the conditions,” co-driver John White said.

The Classic competition will also hold plenty of interest for TARGA fans.

After campaigning a Nissan GT-R in GTO at TARGA Tasmania in 2021 NSW combination of Michael and Daniel  Bray are back in Classic GT in their 1975 Holden Torana.

They will be pitted against Jon and Gina Siddins (Team 24oz 1970 Datsun 240Z), Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (1988 Giocattolo Group B) while Dan Bowden and Tiffanie Hepburn return in the 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang  GT350.

Experienced campaigner Kaplan had a nervous wait to see if the evocative Giocattolo could be prepared in time for TT30 after the machine experienced troubles toward the end of its comeback run at TARGA High Country in February,

“High Country just highlighted some of the small weaknesses we had in the car,” Kaplan said.

“Some of the major ones we are not going to be able to address before TARGA Tas but the car is ready to compete nonetheless.”

Some of the issues which hit the Giocattolo at High Country related to the sub axle.

Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter (1989 BMW 325) have been in impeccable form and are one of the top fancies in Classic Handicap.

In Early Modern 2, Queenslanders Paul and Claire Buccini had the perfect build-up after winning both TARGA Great Barrier Reef last year and recently TARGA High Country in their BMW135i. 

Adam Spence and Lee Challoner-Miles (BMW M3 CSL) are looking to improve on their third at TARGA Tasmania last year in EM2.

“We are excited about competing in the 30th anniversary. This is our 15th TARGA Tasmania,” Spence said.

“We want to finish but at the same time we are after a strong result again.” 

Trevor Macleod and Steve Glenney (Nissan GT-R) are looking at back-to-back wins at TT in Early Modern 4 against a field bristling with strong contenders. 

In GT Production, Stephen Maguire and Stuart Benson (Mitsubishi Evo X) are looking to defend their title from TT in 2021 against another hot field.

Earlier this month it was revealed that GTP will be boosted with the addition of Grant Denyer in a Duttons-backed Subaru WRX Sti.

The two-car WRX attack also includes an entry for carsales Editor in Chief and Director of Content Mike Sinclair who will have two-times TARGA winner Julia Barkley calling the pace notes.

The grassroots trophy classes have drawn some cracking fields with TSD Trophy headed by Queenslanders Darryl and Peter Marshall who have proven invincible in their 2002 Ford Pursuit Ute.

Jack Waldron and Gordon Gregory (1981 Mitsubishi Sigma) are again expected to pose a handful in Thoroughbred Trophy while GT Sports Trophy oozes depth with Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd enjoying a last start win at TARGA High Country in their 2020 Lotus Exige 410.

Follow all the action during the competition at targalive.com

Targa Tasmania honour roll – outright winners

1992 Greg Crick/Greg Preece, Honda NSX
1993 Greg Crick/Greg Preece, Honda NSX
1994 Andrew Miedecke/Alan Taylor, Porsche 944 Turbo Cup
1995 Neal Bates/Coral Taylor, Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST205)
1996 Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, Porsche 911 Turbo (993)
1997 Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, Porsche 911 Turbo (993) 
1998 Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, Porsche 911 Turbo (993)
1999 Peter Fitzgerald/Michael Mansour, Porsche 911 Turbo (993) 
2000 Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, Porsche 911 GT3 CS
2001 Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, Porsche 911 Turbo (996)
2002 Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, Porsche 911 Turbo (996)
2003 Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, Porsche 911 GT3 CS
2004 Tony Sullens/Julia Rabbett, Subaru Impreza WRX STiS202
2005 Jason White/John White, Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1 (R34)
2006 Jim Richards/Barry Oliver, Porsche 911 GT2 CS (996)
2007 Tony Sullens/Julia Barkley, Subaru Impreza WRX Type RA (GC8)
2008 Steve Glenney/Bernie Webb, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX RS
2009 Tony Quinn/Naomi Tillett, Nissan GT-R
2010 Jason White/John White Lamborghini, Gallardo ReiterSuper Trofeo Stradale
2011 Tony Quinn/Naomi Tillett, Nissan GT-R
2012 Jason White/John White, Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale
2013 Jason White/John White, Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale
2014 Jamie Vandenberg/Dennis Sims, Nissan GT-R
2015 Jason White/John White, Lamborghini Gallardo SquadraCorse
2016 Matt Close/Cameron Reeves, 2015 Porsche 911 GT3
2017 Jason White/John White, Dodge Viper
2018 Jason White/John White, Dodge Viper
2019 Paul Stokell/Kate Catford, Lotus Exige Sport 350
2020 Not held
2021 Eddie Maguire/Zak Brakey, Dodge Viper

24.04.2022

Competitors complete shakedown ahead of TARGA Tasmania

Some of the key teams have topped off preparations for the 30th anniversary TARGA Tasmania with several hours of shakedown laps at Symmons Plains racetrack south of Launceston.

A decent spread of entries from the 10 classes put their machines through their paces on a day where lucky punters were also chauffeured around as passengers on hot laps.

Among the entries gunning for Outright honours cutting laps at the 2.4km circuit were seven-times TT winners Jason and John White (Dodge Viper), Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R), Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler (Nissan GT-R) and defending TT champs Eddie Maguire and Zak Brakey (Dodger Viper).

The track day was the final chance for crews to fine-tune set-ups and iron-out any bugs ahead of the world’s best and most demanding tarmac rally which starts on Tuesday.

While the day went largely without incident, Maguire’s Viper suffered a differential failure late in the session.

The problem surfaced after Maguire outlined that the Viper had undergone a freshen-up since the successful campaign at TT last year.

Among changes to the American machine is a new engine, driveline, brake and electronics refinements.

The team were confident the car will be repaired tonight after sourcing a part from Melbourne.

“The output shaft on the differential broke but the spare will arrive in time for us to fix it tonight,” Maguire explained.

“We are quite stoked that the problem happened today rather than on the first day of competition on Tuesday.

“It has also brought to our attention a problem we weren’t aware of.”

Maguire confirmed his team had gone for a different brake package to withstand the punishment over the six-day event.

“One of the only new updates has been the brakes,” Maguire said.

“We have swapped out the carbon ceramic brakes and have gone for the AP system with steel rotors.

“Hopefully we  can get a bit more performance out of these.

“They should be a lot more durable.

“There have also been some refinements to the traction control system.”

Almost 500 cars have entered the milestone event across 10 classes with the first of 34 competitive stages set for Tuesday.

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24.04.2022

History beckons for TARGA greats

Jason and John White are shining examples of how grit, determination and talent have enabled them to keep pace with the evolution of TARGA Tasmania.

Over the years, the Devonport nephew and uncle have risen to the challenge of various rule changes by conquering the great tarmac rally in machinery ranging from Nissans, Lamborghinis and Dodge Vipers.

The Whites are at the precipice of a record-equalling eighth Outright triumph at the iconic Tasmanian event when the 30th anniversary tarmac rally starts from April 26 to May 1. 

On the surface, matching the benchmark set by Jim Richards and Barry Oliver will be remarkable.

However, it is how the Whites have overcome adversity and significant technical rule changes that makes their story all the more compelling.

Their maiden TARGA Tasmania win arrived in 2005 when all-wheel-drive cars could fight for Outright honours as they guided their troublesome Nissan R34 GT-R home first.

They then switched machinery when an opportunity arose to buy a wrecked Lamborghini Gallardo which they ultimately steered to TARGA Tasmania wins in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

But when the rules meant that all-wheel-drive powertrains could no longer fight for Outright honours, the Whites took the plunge to campaign a powerful rear-wheel-drive Dodge Viper which has supplied them with TARGA Tasmania wins in 2017 and 2018.

Switching from the flamboyant Italian supercar to American muscle also meant huge challenges for their headquarters in Tasmania’s north as machinery and development had to undergo a considerable change.

Co-driver John White is the owner of the globally acclaimed company Delta Hydraulics which manufactures hydraulic cylinders from its base in Devonport and which also has a factory in Thailand.

White says it is part of the family make-up to rise to challenges.

“You are given a challenge you rise to the occasion,” John White said.

“The rules have changed over the years and it’s just part of the challenge.

“It is what it’s going to be and you just have to adapt to stay within the rules and find improvement in other areas.

“The effort you put into developing a car and finally get it to a position where it’s reliable is huge.”

Ahead of their first TARGA Tasmania win in the Nissan, the Whites were flummoxed by the Skyline’s trait of blowing engines until they found the root cause of the problem.

“We blew four or five engines in the Nissan until we discovered there was a problem with the wall thickness of cylinder No 6 where it was 8mm on one side and 3mm on the other side. 

“Under stress it was going out of round and it was cracking in the 3mm section.

“The effort we put into getting that vehicle to a spot where it was reliable and would finish an event was massive.

“Then it had passed its due date by then and consequently we knew that we had to move on.” 

Enter the Lamborghini Gallardo, a V10-powered pocket rocket, which fed its considerable grunt to all four wheels.

“Circumstances allowed us to switch to the Lambo that (Paul) Stokell drove in the event we won (2005),” White explained.

“It became available and we got that at a discount price after Stokell crashed the car which allowed us to enter a very expensive vehicle into a TARGA event.”

“We had a little bit of a problem with fire with that vehicle for some reason. But we managed to rebuild it after the fire during TARGA Wrest Point in 2014 and we managed to win again.

“But then the rules changed again and the four-wheel-drive cars became also-rans.

“So if you wanted to win TARGA you had to be in a two-wheel-drive and that’s when we put the Lambo up on the shelf and purchased the Viper.”

While the success of the Viper in such a demanding test like TARGA Tasmania with its technically challenging mix of tight, twisty and flowing roads has astounded some, White is less surprised.

“We haven’t been surprised at the success we have had in the Viper. 

“A lot of the electronics have progressed dramatically over the last 10 years.

“The stability we have now with traction control is far, far superior to what it was in the past and hand-in-hand is ABS (anti-lock braking).

“The ability to extract maximum performance from a two-wheel-drive car has been enhanced by the evolution of electronics.

“We have certainly been able to match it with everything else that has been brought out at the moment such as the Mercedes (AMG GT R) and the Porsches etc.

“I think there is still a couple of years left in the Viper.”

The combination of Jason White behind the wheel with John calling the notes has worked well for nearly two decades.

“We have been in an era in the last 15 to 20 years where there are a lot of competitive cars and I really believe Jason has done an incredible job to drive as well as he has under tremendous pressure.”

John White has been vital in keeping the family at the forefront of TARGA’s evolutionary phase.

“It (the TARGA campaign) wouldn’t be happening without the help of Delta Hydraulics.

“I’m in the fortunate position that I’ve got a successful operation here that manages to come up with the funding each year to be able to do it.

“TARGA Tasmania is an incredible event on a world scale and we can’t wait to compete again.”

TARGA Tasmania is part of the Motorsport Australia TARGA Championship that includes TARGA Great Barrier Reef and TARGA High Country.

For more information including spectator and road closures head to targa.com.au

22.04.2022

Safety measures implemented for TARGA Tasmania

TARGA Tasmania has undergone a major safety review after recommendations released by Motorsport Australia’s Investigatory Tribunal being implemented for the 30th anniversary event from April 26 to May 1.

TARGA has moved to implement all 17 recommendations that fall within its remit while the remaining six are being addressed by Motorsport Australia.

Of those, all but two of the recommendations – numbered 9 and 11 and involving car set-up and licencing – will be in place for this event with the others remaining work in progress.

Motorsport Australia and its Tarmac Rally Working Group are regularly meeting to discuss those recommendations and implement necessary changes, together with TARGA organisers. Motorsport Australia continue to educate competitors across a range of topics regarding vehicle set up and eligibility, including for TARGA Tasmania.

In regard to the new licencing system, it has been noted by Motorsport Australia that this is a complicated process and any long term impacts need to be considered. The intention for the licencing changes was that these changes would be introduced in a phased approach.

TARGA fully cooperated with the Tribunal that was set-up following the tragic deaths of competitors Shane Navin, Leigh Mundy and Dennis Neagle at the event last year.

Following the exhaustive investigation, the  recommendations included a cap on maximum speeds of 200km/h for the top categories, an allocation of four wet weather tyres in addition to the maximum of six tyres for each car, along with course design changes and ensuring cars are fit for purpose.

TARGA has already conducted two events (Great Barrier Reef last September in Cairns and High Country at Mt Buller in February) with some of the recommendations in place ahead of the recommendations being met for TARGA Tasmania.

The Tribunal was Chaired by Australian Institute of Motorsport Safety (AIMSS) head Garry Connelly AM, with Matt Selley and Neal Bates as tribunes.

Importantly, TARGA will also move to tighten-up requirements for competitors to enter the top category, GT Outright, by mandating a superlicence-style system similar to those established in Supercars and Formula 1 from next year.

“Anybody new to the competition will no longer be able to go straight into the Outright class,” TARGA chief executive Mark Perry said.

“One of the points to come out of the recommendations is that you can’t come into a full competition for your first event and you can’t come into full competition at TARGA Tasmania even if you have done a speed limited class at another event.

“So at TARGA Tas you have to do a speed limited class to start the process of progressing through the system.

“For full competition in future you will have to have a Superlicence, a bit like Supercars, to actually do it.

“Over the next three or four years it will mean that you will see your best 20 drivers in the 20 best cars and they will be the only ones allowed in the Outright class.

“So it will look a bit like the World Rally Championship. Everybody else in the event will be doing speed limited (maximum of 130km/h) or involved in the popular touring groups which are speed restricted and not timed.

“Older drivers or people just coming in for the first time, those days are done.

“And that is where GT Sports Trophy is going to grow even more because anyone new will now have to go through that competition structure to get into the full competition.”

TARGA Tasmania involves 10 different competition categories in a six-day tarmac rally which encompasses 35 stages across the length and breadth of the island state.

For full event details about the bumper 30th anniversary TARGA Tasmania including road closures and spectator information head to targa.com.au.

20.04.2022

TARGA’S exciting vision for the next decade

The line-up of cars will continue to change at TARGA Tasmania (Photo: Otherside productions)

While the automotive world is on the precipice of huge technical change, TARGA has confirmed that full-blown competition will remain the core value of its blue riband Tasmanian event in future.

A view into what the next 10 years looks like will see huge innovation across the TARGA events however the sport’s most senior official has moved to allay any concern that motorsport will become less of a priority.

“I can reassure the competitor base that looking into the crystal ball, motorsport will remain at the heart of the TARGA DNA,” TARGA chief executive Mark Perry said.

“That is not going to change in the next 10 years.”

“But what you will see is the continued growth of the speed-limited categories, like GT Sports, plus those just wanting a TARGA experience in the Tour categories.

“This is already happening. In 2022 we will have nearly 300 cars in the Tour, which is great for the event and great for the economic impact that comes with it,” Perry said.

“What you will also see is the introduction of the 21st century generation cars, i.e. primarily EV but not just electric cars, hydrogen, solar and all the different forms of propulsion.”

Many of the world’s leading manufacturers are committed to EV technology and hydrogen fuel cell cars remain firmly in focus for some brands. 

Already Korean giant Hyundai has announced it will spearhead a push into the electric vehicle component of TARGA Tasmania next year, and will dip its toes in the water at the 30th anniversary event by entering a Genesis GV60 EV as part of the non-competitive tour section.

All of this technology outside petrol and diesel engines is headed to TARGA within the next 10 years.

Along with many manufacturers, Hyundai, as well as having the EV Genesis G60 up and about, has other electrification examples growing with its IONIQ 5 rapid-charging model claiming a range of up to 450km and a 10-80 percent recharge in less than 20 minutes while it is also showcasing the NEXO, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell SUV.

Porsche recently indicated that by 2025 half of all-new sales will come from either full electric or plug-in hybrid while by 2030 the share of all-electric drive will be more than 80 percent of all new vehicle sales.

“I’m not saying we are getting out of petrol cars but at some point it is going to manifestly change,” Perry says.

“There will be a lot more touring and speed limited but I don’t think there will be less racing. 

“I think people need to recognise that motorsport will remain our heart and soul.”

TARGA’s willingness to explore new future mobility powertrains opens up a window to a Le Mans-style Garage 56 concept.

“The Garage 56 analogy nails it, because we mightn’t have enough uptake with electric vehicles to have a full-blown competition,” Perry said. 

“So what we are doing with Hyundai is for example; is they are bringing down their Genesis brand EV to showcase it and ultimately they want to compete in the next generation cars.

“We’ve done that a few times over the years like Mazda had their RX-8 SP petrol car which we let race as a showcase car, much like a Garage 56 idea.

“There is no denying that great change is already here.

“We are now working with the office of climate change which 10 years ago we would never have done.”

TARGA, according to Perry, will remain a leading tarmac rally but it will also be a mobile exhibition for new technology. 

“We don’t want to be seen as a cavalcade of motoring history, we need to be seen to be moving forward and not living in the past. 

“So we need to be a mobile showcase for the future as opposed to a showcase for the past.”

“There will definitely be EV tour cars, so with EV tour cars they need to have their own unique course because charging and distance will play out differently for them.

“Because of the technology that RallySafe tracking system can give us, you can run multiple courses at once if you want to.

“That’s where the events will evolve, you will have cars on the east coast and the west coast at the same time. That’s where our 10-year vision is.”

“It is exciting that an event already 30 years old is facing such a bright future.”

The 30th Anniversary TARGA Tasmania will take place from April 26 to May 1.

19.04.2022

Hyundai embarks on EV mission at TARGA Tasmania

Korean giant Hyundai has announced it will spearhead a push into the electric vehicle component of TARGA Tasmania next year.

As part of the exciting plan, Hyundai will dip its toes in the water at the 30th anniversary TARGA Tasmania from April 26 to May 1 by entering a Genesis GV60 EV as part of the non-competitive tour section of the famed tarmac rally.

The South Korean automaker will dispatch a crew of seven for what will be a reconnaissance mission ahead of entry into the newly formed EV category in 2023.

In an exciting development for the TARGA brand, Hyundai is sending a group of engineers and observers who will oversee the performance of the Genesis luxury electric vehicle at TT30.

Hyundai aims to evaluate the EV consumption of the Genesis and gain knowledge on the battery regeneration through the demanding and varied stages.

The Genesis will be driven by top rally driver Brendan Reeves who will be supported by Mark Stacey, who gained tremendous success in gravel rallies with the late Possum Bourne, as well as experienced rally man Philip Rogers.

“We are delighted that Hyundai has shown serious interest in TARGA and cannot wait to see the Genesis in action in the EV class next year,” TARGA chief executive Mark Perry said.

“We are looking forward to a growing number of electric vehicles taking part in TARGA and we expect that a lot of manufacturers will want to test their machines at what is an exciting phase of TARGA’s future.

“Hyundai are taking the first step and the future looks bright.”

Hyundai recently reaped a bonanza with their IONIQ 5 electric vehicle which was voted overall World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle of the Year and World Car Design of the Year at the highly acclaimed 2022 World Car Awards.

The IONIQ 5 is the first model in Hyundai’s dedicated EV line-up brand.
19.04.2022

TARGA Tasmania secures key backing from Bosch Motorsport

The finish at Princes Wharf 1 in Hobart will be known as the Bosch Motorsport Official Finish.(

The Motorsport arm of automotive electronics heavyweight Bosch has joined TARGA Tasmania as an official partner. 

The sponsorship coincides with an important milestone for the world’s most highly regarded tarmac rally which celebrates its 30th anniversary from April 26 to May 1.

As part of the arrangement Bosch will attach its name to the official finish at Princes Wharf 1 in Hobart which will be known as the Bosch Motorsport Official Finish.

Gavin Smith, President and Chairman of Bosch Australia, said the adjustable ABS which Bosch develops is crucial for the varied challenges created by Tasmania’s unique roads.

“As a past TARGA Tasmania competitor, I have a personal appreciation for how gruelling this event is, and what it takes to not only finish, but to finish well,” Mr Smith said.

“With the extreme variety of road surfaces and weather conditions across the six days, Bosch’s in-car adjustable Motorsport ABS will give competitors using it an important edge. I wouldn’t want to compete without it.”


Bosch is highly regarded in global motorsport which includes Formula One and the time-honoured Le Mans 24-Hour sports car race in France.

“Bosch Motorsport has been providing high performance components to all levels of motorsport since 1901, and we’re excited to be adding TARGA to the long list of categories we have directly supported, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Formula One,” Bosch Motorsport Australia’s Blake Jones said.

“We hope to showcase the market-leading performance and reliability which have established Bosch Motorsport’s electronics and fuel delivery as the choice of factory race teams across Europe, Asia and America.

“We look forward to meeting Australian competitors at all three TARGA competition events this year and discussing how their vehicle performance can be further optimised with Bosch Motorsport’s cutting edge technology.”

TARGA chief executive Mark Perry says Bosch Motorsport joining TARGA as an official partner solidifies the high standing the event has among the international motorsport community.

“We are indeed honoured that Bosch Motorsport have jumped on board and we look forward to a successful partnership with such a significant brand,” Perry said.

“This partnership shows the faith a company as well respected as Bosch has in our product which is entering an exciting new phase as we celebrated 30 years of our signature event, TARGA Tasmania.”

More information including road closures and the comprehensive Spectator’s Guide can be found at targa.com.au
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12.04.2022

Memorable machines of the last 15 years of TARGA Tasmania

TARGA Tasmania has lured some incredible machines to the island state over the years. 

There have been sublime showroom classics, supreme exotic supercars, museum masterpieces – all beasts in their own right.

Perhaps the biggest beast of them all was Eric Bana’s 1974 XB Falcon.

It featured in the brilliant film Love The Beast which focused on Bana’s effort to rebuild the car for a second time so it could compete at TARGA Tasmania in 2007.

Bana regrettably crashed the Falcon coupe during the event and while he and co-driver Tony Ramunno escaped injury, the car suffered major chassis, suspension and panel damage.

All these years later, the film that was released two years after Bana’s crash has left a phenomenal legacy on TARGA.

While the XB coupe may not make the list of the greatest cars to have competed in the iconic tarmac rally, the list of magnificent machines from the last 15 years, considered the ‘modern era’ of TARGA, is impressive.

One of the most evocative and successful examples within the aforementioned time parameter is the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera.

This low-slung Italian super coupe, powered by a viscerally screeching V10 powerplant became the weapon of choice for Devonport aces Jason White and his uncle and co-driver John.

While the Whites debuted the potent Lambo in 2006, they had to wait patiently until success finally arrived for the Bologna brand for the first time in 2010.

It would be the first of four overall TARGA wins for the Whites in Lamborghini Gallardo machinery with the others coming in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

The four wins in the all-paw Gallardo came following the White’s maiden TARGA Tasmania win in a Nissan Skyline GT-R in 2005.

With the changing rules of eligibility keeping entrants on their toes, the Whites would take a huge risk and decide to end their hugely successful association with the Italian supercar.

Enter what would become one of the most potent weapons in tarmac rallying, the Dodge Viper ACR Extreme.

The Whites would fail to finish on debut in the American muscle car however they would claim the 2017 and 2018 TARGA Tasmania events as they refined the Viper to become a somewhat surprising force in the world’s ultimate tarmac rally.

Another Viper would soar to the giddy heights of TARGA Tasmania supremacy when locals Eddie Maguire and Zak Brakey took the overall win in 2021.

There have been many great cars which have been lured into the Classic component of TARGA.

At the head of the list is Rex Broadbent in his 1974 Porsche Carrera 911 RS, driving clearly the most dominant classic car.

After winning his first Classic outright competition in 2002, Broadbent would rattle off wins in the Porsche from 2007 to 2012, a stunning stretch of unbeaten runs which puts the 70’s spec Zuffenhausen product as one of the most important TARGA machines of the past 15 years.

Also worthy of mention is the legendary German rally driver Walter Rohrl, who with co-driver Christian Geistdorfer campaigned the 1981 Porsche San Remo 911 SC at TARGA in 2011.

The Porsche was the same car which Rohrl was on the cusp of victory at the 1981 World Rally Championship San Remo event only for the driveshaft to fail.

Another key Porsche, the 356 B Carrera Abarth worth in excess of $1 million, a car which helped cut a path to greatness for the manufacturer in GT racing, took part in the 2009 TARGA event, at the hands of Porsche Museum director Klaus Bischof.

Classic cars of significance include Steve and Rachel Coad’s 1971 HQ Monaro, the 1948 Holden 48-215 of Paul and Christine Freestone and Len Cattlin’s menacing orange-hued Ford Boss Mustang.

Furthermore there are quite a few honourable mentions of machines and while not in the competition proper, they have no less had an impact on the event.

Some of these are the Pagani Zonda C12S roadster which acted as the official sweep car in 2008. At the time it was the only legally registered one of its type in Australia and was valued at more than $1.5 million.

A $2.5 million McLaren P1 was used as the course car at the 25th anniversary TARGA in 2016 and other notable supercars have been a $4.2 million LaFerrari and a $2.2 million Senna McLaren.

And as TARGA looks to usher in a new class for Electric Vehicles, it is important to remember the first Tesla roadsters to be let loose in Australia were involved in the 2011 event in touring and a new green class which remains a pioneering moment in TARGA’s heritage.

The 30th anniversary TARGA Tasmania, which will take place from April 26 to May 1 this year will feature nearly 500 vehicles, providing something for every motoring enthusiast to watch. 

For further information, including road closures, please go to www.targa.com.au.

11.04.2022

Denyer confirmed for Duttons-backed TT30 tilt

Grant Denyer and Dale Moscatt in 2015 at TAGRA Tasmania

Dancing With The Stars winner and accomplished racer, Grant Denyer, will make his long-awaited return to tarmac rallying at the showcase 30th Anniversary TARGA Tasmania from April 26 to May 1.

And carsales is along for the ride. 

Denyer will compete in a two-car Subaru WRX STi operation with key sponsorship from TARGA custodians, Dutton Group.

The second Duttons-backed WRX will be driven by carsales Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Mike Sinclair.

Sinclair and Denyer were team-mates at TARGA Tasmania in 2015 when the latter was second in the Showroom class in a Renault Megane. Sinclair last raced at TARGA in 2016 and finished just off the podium in the then newly-created, premium GT category – also in a Renault. 

For 2022, Denyer will be joined by experienced co-driver Ben Searcy. Sinclair will race with two-times TARGA winner, Julia Barkley.

The pair of Duttons WRXs will compete in the GT Production category. 

With TARGA’s 2022 rule changes, which includes a cap on top speeds, the all-wheel drive Subarus are expected to be more competitive against the GT Outright supercars.

The 30th Anniversary TARGATasmania (TT30) will encompass more than 600km of competitive, closed roads across 35 stages.

“My first TARGA was in 2006, when I won Dancing With The Stars the first time,” Denyer said.

“I’ve had a few first and second places in the event over the years but to come back 16 years later for TT30 with another mirror ball trophy under my arm is an incredible feeling.

“I might glue it to the bonnet as a hood ornament! It’s pretty special,” the former V8 Supercars rookie-of-the-year stated.

Denyer, who is scheduled to drive at both the Bathurst 6-Hour production car and 12-Hour sportscar events this year, said TARGA Tasmania holds a special place in his heart.

“TARGA Tasmania is hands down my favourite motorsport event,” Denyer beamed.

“The spectacular Tasmanian wilderness, world class roads and a gorgeous motor vehicle underneath you is rev-head nirvana. It just doesn’t get any better.”

TARGA chief executive Mark Perry says the news of Denyer’s inclusion is another boost to TT30 event that is bristling with talent.

“Grant Denyer is a good friend of the Targa family and is vastly experienced having competed in our signature rally many times in the past,” Perry said.

“It’s great to have Mike back as well. 2022 will be his eighth TARGA.”

“We are excited to have Grant and Mike in the field in well prepared cars with primary backing from our owners, the Dutton Group,” Perry stated.

For further information about the event, including road closure information, go to targa.com.au.

06.04.2022

TARGA Tasmania – the last 15 years

There has been significant evolution in the fabric of TARGA Tasmania over the last 15 years starting with sweeping changes to the class structure.

Among a myriad of changes in 2007 were the introduction of the Rookie Rallye for Classic and Modern classes.

Back then the Classic title was taken out by the hugely popular Adrian Morrisby (who sadly passed away last year) while the Modern Rookie title was won by five-times Australian Rally Champion Ross Dunkerton.

The face of TARGA was undergoing sweeping changes in the composition of the categories and the 2007 event would also thrust the international spotlight on Tasmania through unprecedented exposure.

Acclaimed Australian actor and motoring devotee Eric Bana entered 2007 in the Classic section with his ride being the 1974 Ford Coupe he had owned since he was 15.

Bana misjudged a left-hand corner on the Cethana stage in Tasmania’s north-west with the exquisitely prepared two-door suffering steering and suspension damage as well as considerable panel damage.

Bana and his co-driver Tony Ramunno escaped unhurt in what was a nasty shunt into trees.

The 2007 TARGA Tasmania campaign was the focus of the brilliant documentary, Love The Beast, directed by Bana which was released in 2009.

While a touch of Hollywood lifted TARGA to new highs, the competition on track was also reaching unprecedented levels.

A ninth outright win for Richards and Oliver was denied in 2008 when the rapid Steve Glenney and top co-driver Bernie Webb snared victory in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX RS, which to date remains the only outright triumph for the three-diamond badge.

There was to be another crew to experience the exultation of a first-time TARGA victory with the Queensland entrepreneur Tony Quinn lifting the prize in 2009 with Naomi Tillett in a Nissan GT-R.

In 2010, Jason and John White would continue to gather momentum on the honor board by spearing to their second outright win and their first time in a Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale.

Quinn and Tillett repeated their 2009 success in 2011 as the TARGA story continued to showcase incredible battles in a mouth-watering array of machines.

With now 20 years in the record books, the 2012 TARGA Tasmania was bursting with 220 entries which saw huge changes to the route.

Just 40 percent of the course carried over from the previous year, offering fresh mental and physical challenges.

Officials moved to test entrants by plotting a course which totalled more than 600km of gruelling competitive stages, the longest and most demanding in the event’s history.

Devonport driver Jason White and his uncle John White were searching for a third outright victory. The Whites campaigned a Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale.

Defending champions Tony Quinn and Naomi Tillett would commandeer a new Nissan GT-R with more power and beefed up suspension.

A day before the competition started the Whites suffered an engine failure in the Gallardo during a ride day for punters.

Returning to Devonport, a replacement engine was installed at the 11th hour and the Whites were back in action.

By the end of the third day the Whites had scampered to a lead of just under two minutes ahead of Quinn and Tillett.

The Lamborghini then developed an electrical problem but it was soon sorted and the Whites charged on, eventually winning by 2min27secs over Quinn and Tillett.

The Whites stormed to victory in 2013, their fourth outright title.

The following year saw a change at the top with Jamie Vandenberg and Dennis Sims guiding their Nissan GT-R to a decisive win.

While the record books show the winning margin to be 4min44sec, it was a dramatic turn of events late in the event that saw Matt Close narrow the gap.

But Close’s run cruelly ended when he crashed on the penultimate stage of the rally.

Vandenberg then miraculously limped home after smoke began pouring from the exhaust of the Nissan with one stage remaining, the result hanging in the balance until the bitter end.

The Whites won a fifth crown in 2015 in the Lamborghini, which was to be their final triumph in the Italian supercar.

There was salvation finally for Matt Close in 2016 who alongside Cameron Reeves guided his Porsche 911 GT3 to a much deserved victory.

Now campaigning American muscle, Jason and John White claimed back-to-back wins in 2017 and 2018 in a Dodge Viper, the latter victory moving them to an astonishing seven outright TARGA Tasmania victories, one short of record-holders Jim Richards and Barry Oliver.

It was a real David v Goliath battle in 2019 with highly decorated circuit racer and Tasmanian-born Paul Stokell releasing a lifelong dream by guiding his Lotus Exige Sport 350 to the outright win alongside top co-driver Kate Catford.

Earlier in the year a significant chapter in the TARGA story was confirmed when the Dutton Group took ownership of the business that runs the Motorsport Australia TARGA Championship.

This was a watershed moment in the history of tarmac rallying as the Dutton Group took over the TARGA suite of events which comprises TARGA High Country (Mt Buller), TARGA Great Barrier Reef (Cairns) and the showpiece TARGA Tasmania.

Dutton Group CFO, Matt Hanson played a key role in the acquisition with TARGA’s events seen as a perfect fit for the renowned business which focuses on classic and modern exotic car ownership.

In 2020 as the COVID-19 virus gripped Australia, TARGA Tasmania, like many high level sporting events, could not go ahead.

Last year Tasmanians Eddie Maguire and co-driver Zak Brakey guided their Dodge Viper to a richly deserved victory.

Maguire and Brakey’s triumph solidified the many incredible chapters which have been written since that inaugural TARGA Tasmania in 1992.

As the countdown to the 30th anniversary TARGA Tasmania looms, will Jason and John White finally equal the eight victories achieved by the incomparable Jim Richards and his trusty sidekick Barry Oliver?

Or will first-time winners climb the Everest of tarmac rallies.

Stay tuned. 

05.04.2022

Trophy classes have spawned green TARGA shoots

Martin Duursma has been instrumental in bringing Lotus to TARGA (Photo: Otherside Productions)
TARGA’S evolutionary move to broaden its competitor reach in the middle of last decade has proven to be a masterstroke.

From 2015, additions to the class structure saw TSD (time, speed, distance) Trophy, GT Sports Trophy and Thoroughbred Trophy added to the competition.

These classes have been fundamental in providing a toe-in-the-water exercise for competitors wanting a platform where they can hone their skills before making the progression to the more serious competition categories should they wish.

From this crop of categories, one of the huge success stories remains GT Sports Trophy (GTST) where Lotus Cars Australia has taken a keen interest.

Numbers in GTST continue to grow with well in excess of 20 entries received for the 30th edition TARGA Tasmania. Almost a third of competitors are in Lotus machines.

At TARGA Tasmania last year, Lotus filled the podium with Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd taking the spoils in their 2020-spec Lotus Exige 410.

From a commitment standpoint, Martin Duursma (2018 TT GTST winner) has been a constant in GT Sports Trophy, competing in every edition of the class since 2015.

With the exception of the first two GT Sports Trophy competitions at TARGA Tasmania which were taken out by Nissans, Lotus has won every other GTST category at the showcase Tasmanian rally.

The famous British brand’s GTST success started in 2017 when brain cancer survivor Jeff Morton and co-driver Dennis Neagle claimed the class in an Exige.

Since then Lotus can take a lot of credit for the growth in GT Sports Trophy.

“Martin Duursma has done all of the GTST events in Tasmania and he is regarded as bringing the Lotus brand to TARGA,” event chief executive Mark Perry acknowledged.

“I remember after Martin bought one, he went back to Richard Gibbs (Lotus Cars Australia boss at the time) and said you need to come down and have a look at this and it really exploded from there.

“And now we have more Lotus cars at TARGA than Porsches. It’s been an incredible success story.

“But in a broader sense GTST, and Thoroughbred Trophy for older cars for that matter, is going to be a key to the success of all of the competitions in the future because that’s where, unless you qualify for an exemption such as being a champion somewhere else, everybody will have to start in speed limited classes.”

TSD Trophy is a regularity class where the maximum top speed, like GTST and Thoroughbred Trophy, is capped at 130km/h. 

The competition is based on a prescribed target time determined over stage distances where competitors must aim to cross the finish line of the stage at the exact time set by organisers. Points are deducted when competitors fail to meet time and speed requirements for stages, the crews with the least number of points at the end of the rally are determined the winners.

Queenslander Darryl Marshall has mastered this competition category in a 2002 Ford Pursuit Ute winning the last five TSD events at TT. 

Darryl finished third in the first TSD Trophy in 2015 alongside Andrew Marshall who was co-driver for the first win a year later with Peter Marshall sitting in the navigator seat for the last four consecutive wins.

The 30th edition of TARGA Tasmania will take place between April 26 and May 1 this year.
30.03.2022

Excitement builds for milestone TARGA Tasmania

Defending TARGA Tasmania outright winner, Eddie Maguire in his Dodge Viper
Excitement builds for milestone TARGA Tasmania Wednesday March 30, 2022
The countdown is on for the 30th anniversary edition of TARGA Tasmania.

Considered world’s most pre-eminent tarmac rally, TARGA Tasmania has attracted a massive entry list that is expected to top 500 cars across 10 different categories.

A key plank in boosting Tasmania’s annual economy and tourism, the six-day rally starts on April 26 from Launceston and finishes at Princes Wharf 1 in Hobart for the traditional ceremonial finish on May 1.

TT30 will see competitors tackle 34 timed stages across the length and breadth of Tasmania, returning with the traditional George Town stage on the opening day and concluding with the run from Strahan to Hobart of the final day. The field will be based in Launceston until Thursday morning and will spend Friday and Saturday nights in Strahan before finishing in the state’s capital on Sunday afternoon for the special post-event 30th Anniversary celebrations.

“There is a lot of excitement building for our big 30th anniversary event which has drawn a huge field of cars,” TARGA Australia chief executive Mark Perry said.

“We, as with all of Australia, have been faced with some difficult challenges over the last two years with COVID-19 but we are now looking forward to putting on the biggest and best TARGA Tasmania event that there has ever been.

“If you look at the entry list there has been a big spike in the number of entries in response the landmark anniversary and it augurs well for a hugely successful week.”

A one-off innovation for TT30 was the introduction of a special Tasmanian Tour (non-competitive) section reserved solely for Tasmania residents. 

The Tasmanian Tour is designed to thank locals for their support over the last 30 years with the limited number of entries filled quickly after its announcement last December. Around 70 locals have signed up for their first taste of TARGA.

Among the competitors vying for outright honours are Devonport guns Jason and John White (Dodge Viper) who are aiming to equal Jim Richards and Barry Oliver’s record eight wins at TARGA Tasmania.

Returning as defending champions are north-west Tasmanians Eddie Maguire and Zak Brakey in another Dodge Viper.

Former two-time winner Tony Quinn and Kate Catford return in a 2018 Nissan GT-R while Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis are expected to be in the mix in their 2018 Mercedes GT R.

Brain cancer survivor Jeff Morton and co-driver Daymon Nicoli had the perfect build-up to TT30 after their brilliant performance to win TARGA High Country based at Victoria’s Mt Buller in February.

The field, made up of competition and touring cars, will be waved off from the official start at the Launceston Grand Chancellor from midday on April 26.

For further information about the event, including road closure information, go to targa.com.au.
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14.02.2022

What the winners said …

Our reporter caught up with some of the class winners following the 12th running of TARGA High Country.

Overall and Mt Buller GT Outright winner

Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS)

“The main thing for us was the long stage (Jamieson), we were on it and we got about halfway through and thought we had a flat but it turned out we didn’t,” Morton said.

“We kept going and came across the crash and had to pull over but the good news is no-one was badly injured.

“I started at TARGA High Country in 2016 and only got my racing licence 10 months before the event and we ended up doing TSD in my Lotus Elise and we ended up getting on the podium.

“I was hooked after that.

“I had a third in High Country in 2018 behind Jason White and Matt Close in the Lotus Elise and I thought I need to find a car that I could feel I could win in.

“Going up Mt Buller on the last stage today, was just awesome as we felt really hooked up.

“To come over that line and have the amazing feeling of winning, I felt like I’m in a dream.”

Shannons Classic GT winner

Roger Lomman/Anne Bainbridge (1974 Datsun 240Z)

“The competition gets tougher every year with new cars in Classic GT which is fantastic,” Lomman said.

“It’s really good to see cars like the Giocattolo, the Stratos and the old Jaguar and we are happy to be a part of it.

“The Datsun hasn’t have the power of the V8s but it is just really well balanced and the fast flowing roads are really good for us.

“We had a bit of a dice with Adam (Kaplan) in the Giocattolo on Day 1 then they had some issues creep in and they had a driveshaft failure on the start line at the last stage.”

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4

Anthony Moss/Julie Hunter (2008 Mitsubishi Evo X)

“We were just finding our way on Friday then we clicked up another gear and didn’t look back,” Moss said.

“We were fifth overall on Friday, fourth overall on Saturday and then third overall at the end of the weekend.

“It’s been three years since we’ve been in the car in a rally at least. Business has been pretty tough in the business and tourism industry the last couple of years.

“We are stoked to come back in EM4 which is a highly competitive category.”

Shannons Classic Handicap

Peter Gluskie/Samantha Winter (1989 BMW 325i)

“We are very pleased with our speed and the win,” Gluskie said.

“But I just want to acknowledge all the volunteers and officials who worked really hard to get this event over the line.

“It is more important at this point in time to acknowledge them. I know there has been some hard yards done to get this one over the line and we really do appreciate everything they do.”

13.02.2022

Morton stuns with maiden TARGA victory

Sydney driver Jeff Morton has completed a career defining achievement with a dominant victory at TARGA High Country in Victoria’s alpine region.

With his regular co-driver Daymon Nicoli alongside calling the notes, Morton broke the shackles on his TARGA career in emphatic style.

It was a supreme display of tarmac rallying by Morton who dominated the three-day event, winning by 2mins24s, after increasing his advantage by 43seconds on an incident-filled final day.

Leading from the start on Friday, Morton maintained a controlled pace to stave off all challengers in the 2019 Porsche GT2 RS which he calls ‘red thunder’.

“We were here to enjoy this rally and we didn’t expect to be in a position we are in,” the talented Morton said.

“It’s also valuable testing for us ahead of TARGA Tasmania (April 26-May 1). There is no bigger test for a tyre than the Jamieson/Eildon stages.

“This is just a dream result and we are over the moon.”

Experienced driver Angus Kennard was ready to pounce throughout with Steve Glenney calling the notes as the 2015 Nissan GT-R pair finished second overall.

Third overall was the Early Modern 4 class 2008 Mitsubishi Evo X of Anthony Moss and Julie Hunter following an outstanding run.

Morton also claimed the MT Buller GT Outright category ahead of Kennard with Tony Quinn and Kate Catford third in their 2018 Nissan GT-R.

South Australians Roger Lomman and Anne Bainbridge withstood a strong challenge to win Shannons Classic GT in their 1972 Datsun 240Z. In a cruel twist their main rivals, Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (1988 Giocattolo Group B) broke a driveshaft on the final stage.

Melbourne pair Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter successfully defended their crown in Shannons Classic Handicap, leading throughout in their 1989 BMW 325.

Queenslanders Mark Griffith and Neill Woolley (2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG A45) completed a dominant victory in Mansfield Shire GT Production.

Brisbane duo Paul and Claire Buccini were never headed to win Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 in their 2008 BMW 135) while Dutton Garage Early Modern 4 saw Anthony Moss and Julie Hunter finish powerfully to claim the class in their 2008 Mitsubishi Evo X.

New South Wales pair, Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410) prevailed in a keenly fought Mansfield Shire GT Sports Trophy class.

Stephen and Jack Gould took the honours Mansfield Shire Thoroughbred Trophy decisively in their 1985 BMW 323.

In the time, speed and distance regulated Mt Buller TSD Trophy, Tracy Hoven and Garth Davies landed the class by finishing on 20 points in their 2018 Alpine A110, dropping only two penalty points during the day.

The opening stage off Mt Buller (TS15 Mirimbah) was downgraded to touring after an incident with a tour car before there was another lengthy delay for an incident on the 48.91km Jamieson stage (TS16).

Classic GT driver Geoffrey Nicolls (driver The Mercedes-Benz 450SE) was taken to hospital following a crash 28.4km into that stage. His co-driver Ray Farrell escaped serious injury.

The incident caused a lengthy delay with the Skyline stage (TS18) downgraded to touring status.

TARGA will be back for the 30th anniversary edition of TARGA Tasmania from April 26-May 1.

Final results – Day 3 of 3 (provisional)

Overall

1 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS)

2 Angus Kennard/Steve Glenney (2015 Nissan GT-R) +2min24s

3 Jason Wright/Fiona Wright (2008 Nissan GT-R) +7min42s

4 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +7min47s

5 Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth (1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R) +9min05s

Mt Buller GT Outright

1 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS)

2 Angus Kennard/Steve Glenney (2015 Nissan GT-R) +2min24s

3 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +7min47s

Mansfield Shire GT Production

1 Mark Griffith/Neil Woolley (2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG A45)

2 Crichton Lewis/Anthony Carr (2015 Subaru WRX Sti) +2min15s

3 Barrie Smith/Anthony McLoughlin (2017 Audi TTRS) +6min02s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2

1 Paolo Buccini/Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i)

2 David Blunden/Jaidyn Gluskie (1977 Nissan Skyline GTS) +4min56s

3 Allan Rumble/Casey Rumble (2003 Holden Commodore) +15min06s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4

1 Anthony Moss/Julie Hunter (2008 Mitsubishi Evo X)

2 Jason Wright/Fiona Wright (2008 Nissan GT-R) +1min36s

3 Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth (1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R) +2min59s

Shannons Classic (handicap)

1 Peter Gluskie/Samantha Winter (1989 BMW 325)

2 Philip Jon-Buggee/Paul Freame (1975 Fiat 131) 11min01s

3 Darryl Bennett/Mary White (1989 Suzuki Swift GTi) +22min19s

Shannons Classic GT

1 Roger Lomman/Anne Bainbridge (1972 Datsun 240Z)

2 Meng Chung/Nicholas Vardos (1987 BMW M3) +2min22s

3 Mark Clair/Lee Harper (1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR) +5min29s

Mansfield Shire GT Sports Trophy

1 Matthew Gibbens/Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410)

2 Steven Sher/Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige) +49s

3 Robert Bryden/Ian Noble (2020 Lotus Exige) +1min25s

Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy

1 Stephen Gould/Jack Gould (1985 BMW 323)

2 Geoffrey Corah/Sharon Alcock (1973 Alfa 105) 9min13s

3 Jack Waldron/Vin Gregory (1981 Mitsubishi Sigma) +21:32s

Mt Buller TSD Trophy

1 Tracy Hoven/Garth Davies (2018 Alpine A110) 20 points

2 Neville Emond/Stephen Jones (1996 Volvo 850R) 51 points

3 Justin Marshall/Spencer Marshall (2011 Volkswagen Polo)  66 points

12.02.2022

Morton extends TARGA High Country buffer

Brain cancer survivor Jeff Morton continued his sizzling form by completing the second day of TARGA High Country with a solid lead.

Negotiating the day’s six stages, Morton and co-driver Daymon Nicoli returned to Mt Buller armed with a 1min41sec advantage in their 2019 Porsche GT2 RS.

Angus Kennard and Steve Glenney (2015 Nissan GT-R) hold second overall while Trevor Macleod and Ian Wheeler (2009 Nissan GT-R) are third.

With 14 of the 20 stages in the books, the methodical Morton is on track to pull off what would be a dream result 12 years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The Sydney competitor has remarkably won all but one of the timed stages going into the final day.

“We managed to win the Mansfield street stage and I was a bit conservative but still enjoyed it,” Morton said.

“The car is amazing and is built for exactly these type of roads. But we were tested a bit today with some changeable and bumpy conditions.

“I didn’t expect to be in the position we are in and we are very happy with where we are but it’s also testing for us ahead of TARGA Tasmania in late April.”

While everything was clicking into place for Morton the same cannot be said for Luke Anear and co-driver Andy Sarandis.

The pair had another day soured by mechanical issues in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R when a power steering belt broke on TS10. The team returned for the Mansfield street stage at the end of the day but have dropped way down the order.

The GTO category is led by Morton from Kennard while Tony Quinn and co-driver Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) is in third.

In a dramatic development at the top of Shannons Classic GT standings, South Australians Roger Lomman and Anne Bainbridge (1972 Datsun 240Z) powered into the lead.

Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (1988 Giocattolo Group B) clutched a narrow lead on TS10, but were struck with a mechanical issue on TS11 (Harrys Creek), taking them out of the Classic GT top three.

Perennial front-runners Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter edged closer to another victory in Shannons Classic Handicap, the Melbourne pair clutching a 5min09s lead.

Mansfield Shire GT Production sees Queenslanders Mark Griffith and Neill Woolley hold a solid 2min11s lead.

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 and Early Modern 4 are topped by Paul and Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135) and Trevor Macleod/Ian Wheeler (2009 Nissan GT-R) respectively.

Lotus machines dominate the GT Sports Trophy class with Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410) holding a slender 11-second lead as the brand occupies the top three spots.

Mansfield Shire Thoroughbred Trophy is topped by Stephen Gould and Jack Gould (1985 BMW 323), the pair holding a cushion of over three minutes.

In the regularity TSD Trophy section, Tracy Hoven and Garth Davies (2018 Alpine A110) have surged into the lead after sitting outside the top three after the opening day.

Results – Day 2 of 3 (provisional)

Overall
1 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS)
2 Angus Kennard/Steve Glenney (2015 Nissan GT-R) +1min41s
3 Trevor Macleod/Ian Wheeler (2009 Nissan GT-R) +3.37s
4 Anthony Moss/Julie Hunter (2008 Mitsubishi Evo X) +4.26s
5 Jason Wright/Fiona Wright (2008 Nissan GT-R) +5mins

Mt Buller GT Outright
1 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS) 
2 Angus Kennard/Steve Glenney (2015 Nissan GT-R) +1.41s
3 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +5.30s

Mansfield Shire GT Production
1 Mark Griffith/Neil Woolley (2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG A45)
2 Barrie Smith/Anthony McLoughlin (2017 Audi TTRS) +2min11s
3 Crichton Lewis/Anthony Carr (2015 Subaru WRX Sti) +2.47s 

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2
1 Paolo Buccini/Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i)
2 David Blunden/Robert Sheppard (1977 Nissan Skyline GTS) +2.47s
3 Christopher Exner/Bernie Webb (1995 Mazda RX-7 SP) +3.13s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4
1 Trevor McLeod/Ian Wheeler (2009 Nissan GT-R)
2 Anthony Moss/Julie Hunter (2008 Mitsubishi Evo X) +49s
3 Jason Wright/Fiona Wright (2008 Nissan GT-R) +1.23s

Shannons Classic (handicap)
1 Peter Gluskie/Samantha Winter (1989 BMW 325)
2 Philip Jon-Buggee/Paul Freame (1975 Fiat 131) 5min09s
3 Darryl Bennett/Mary White (1989 Suzuki Swift GTi) +11.21s

Shannons Classic GT
1 Roger Lomman/Anne Bainbridge (1972 Datsun 240Z)
2 Mark Hammond/Dirk Witteveen (1980 Jaguar XJS) +1.50s
3 Meng Chung/Nicholas Vardos (1987 BMW M3) +2.15s

Mansfield Shire GT Sports Trophy
1 Matthew Gibbens/Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410)
2 Simon Trude/Dion Morrison (2019 Lotus Exige Sport 410) +11s
3 Steven Sher/Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige) +23s

Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy
1 Stephen Gould/Jack Gould (1985 BMW 323)
2 Geoffrey Corah/Sharon Alcock (1973 Alfa 105) 3:27s
3 Jack Waldron/Vin Gregory (1981 Mitsubishi Sigma) 4.57s

Mt Buller TSD Trophy
1 Tracy Hoven/Garth Davies (2018 Alpine A110) 18 points
2 Steven Brumby/Heather Brumby (1999 Alfa Romeo GTV 29 points
3= Justin Marshall/Spencer Marshall (2011 Volkswagen Polo) 31 points
3= Neville Emond/Stephen Jones (1996 Volvo 850R) 31 points

12.02.2022

Epic battle after TARGA High Country opening day

Several frontline competitors are engaged in an arm wrestle for supremacy after an enthralling Day 1 of TARGA High Country.

The showpiece Mt Buller-based event has seen Sydney driver Jeff Morton and co-driver Daymon Nicoli clinch a 38 second lead after a superb display of tarmac rallying.

The pair produced a polished run in their 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, winning all seven of the day’s timed stages as the opening stage off Mt Buller was declared a non-timed ‘warm-up’ stage.

“There’s a lot to get used to with the new regulations and the maximum speed limit but I think we did the best job we could,” Morton said.

“I haven’t done High Country since 2018 and today it was all about the final Mt Buller stage for us.

“We managed to top all of the stages and some of them were close but I think we have the right car here. It just seems built for these roads.”

Moving into second outright was Angus Kennard and co-driver Steve Glenney who chipped away all day with some cracking runs.

In a late development Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis dropped out of third after encountering a mechanical problem close to the finish of the final stage.

The problem for the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R left Jason and Fiona Wright (2008 Nissan GT R) to move into third outright.

Adam Kaplan has enjoyed a solid return to action in his Giocattolo Group B, ending the day with co-driver Aleshia Penney to lead the Shannons Classic GT class by 21 seconds.

Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter have taken a handy lead in Shannons Classic Handicap in their ever reliable 1989 BMW 325i.

Queenslanders Paul and Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135) continue to show strong form following on from their TARGA Great Barrier Reef win last year, to lead Dutton Garage Early Modern 2.

The battle in Dutton Garage Early Modern 4 class remains tight with the Wrights, who inherited third overall, leading by a slender 8 seconds

In the trophy classes, TSD Trophy Neville Emond and Stephen Jones (1996 Volvo 850R) snatched the lead after the day’s final stage, dropping just 11 points to shade Steve and Heather Brumby (1999 Alfa Romeo GTV) by one point.

GT Sports Trophy sees Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd lead while Thoroughbred Trophy is headed by Stephen Gould and Jack Gould (1985 BMW 323).

Results – Day 1 of 3 (provisional)

Overall

1 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS)

2 Angus Kennard/Steve Glenney (2015 Nissan GT-R) +38s

3 Jason Wright/Fion Wright (2008 Nissan GT-R) +2min10s

4 Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth (1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R) +2:18

5 Anthony Moss/Julie Hunter (2008 Mitsubishi Evo X) +2.22s

Mt Buller GT Outright

1 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS)

2 Angus Kennard/Steve Glenney (2015 Nissan GT-R) +38s

3 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) 2:32s

Mansfield Shire GT Production

1 Mark Griffith/Neil Woolley (2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG A45)

2 Barrie Smith/Anthony McLoughlin (2017 Audi TTRS) +1min00s

3 Critchon Lewis/Anthony Carr (2015 Subaru WRX Sti) +1:57s

 Dutton Garage Early Modern 2

1 Paolo Buccini/Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i)

2 David Blunden/Robert Sheppard (1977 Nissan Skyline GTS) +1:11s

3 Edward Merewether/Jennifer Gillott (2007 Renault Megane F1 R26) +2.25s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4

1 Jason Wright/Fiona Wright (2008 Nissan GT-R)

2 Liam Howarth/Larry Howarth (1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R) +8s

3 Anthony Moss/Julie Hunter (2008 Mitsubishi Evo X) +12s

Shannons Classic (handicap)

1 Peter Gluskie/Samantha Winter (1989 BMW 325)

2 Philip Jon-Buggee/Paul Freame (1975 Fiat 131) +2:57s

3 Darryl Bennett/Mary White (1989 Suzuki Swift GTi) +6:16s

 Shannons Classic GT

1 Adam Kaplan/Aleshia Penney (1988 Giocattolo Group B)

2 Roger Loman/Anne Bainbridge (1972 Datsun 240Z) +21s

3 Mark Hammond/Dirk Witteveen (1980 Jaguar XJS) +1:34s

 Mansfield Shire GT Sports Trophy

1 Matthew Gibbens/Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410)

2= Steven Sher/Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige) +23s

2= Simon Trude/Dion Morrison (2019 Lotus Exige Sport 410) +23s

Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy

1 Stephen Gould/Jack Gould (1985 BMW 323)

2 Jack Waldron/Vin Gregory (1981 Mitsubishi Sigma) +2:32s

3 John Stanton/John Blake (1981 Porsche 924 Turbo) +4:15s

 Mt Buller TSD Trophy

1 Neville Emond/Stephen Jones (1996 Volvo 850R) 11 points

2 Steven Brumby/Heather Brumby (1999 Alfa Romeo GTV) 12 points

3 Justin Marshall/Spencer Marshall (2011 Volkswagen Polo) 13 points

09.02.2022

Anear returns in hulking Mercedes AMG GT R for TARGA High Country

Accomplished tarmac and gravel rally competitor Luke Anear is hoping favourable conditions will give him an edge as he chases outright victory at TARGA High Country from February 11 to 13.

The exotic GT R spearheads a solid entry list in the GT Outright (GTO) class where Anear will again be partnered in the Mercedes with Andy Sarandis.

The event will represent only the fourth TARGA start for the powerful coupe which has been painstakingly constructed with unique Reiger suspension and was prepared by Peter Nunn Motorsport with the rollcage installed by TARGA legend Jason White.

After debuting with a second in GTO standings at TARGA Great Barrier Reef in 2020, the GT R was third in GTO at High Country last year before winding up in the top 10 at its TARGA Tasmania debut a few months later.

In a late switch for TARGA Great Barrier Reef last September, Anear decided to campaign a 2010 Subaru WRX STi which saw him and Sarandis take out the GT Production, GT Outright and the overall win.

“We wanted to try some different tyres on the Mercedes but we couldn’t get hold of them in time for the Queensland event so that’s why we decided to go with the Subaru,” Anear explained.

Anear is excited about returning to the GT R but warns there are some technical gremlins to overcome.

“We did a test in it recently and it’s all looking good,” he said.

“But we have to work out the best way to manage the speed limiter which is cutting power at low speeds when the limiter is on for some reason.

“We are still trying to source tyres so there is a bit of work to be done which won’t be in time for TARGA High Country.”

Anear says TARGA fans will hear a noted difference when the coupe fires into action on the stages. He has heeded some advice and beefed up the soundtrack of the long-nosed, bobtail coupe.

“We’ve put a straight pipe on it now. One of the things people were saying was that it was too quiet when it went past them. So it makes a bit more noise now and sounds like a V8 should, which is good.”

Dry roads are what Anear is praying for over the three-day event.

“The GT R is such a nice car and in dry weather it is pretty quick.

“Certainly in the wet it struggles but we’ll do the best we can at the moment and continue to look for a soft tyre.”

As a sidenote, Anear has enjoyed an exciting build-up in between winning TARGA Great Barrier Reef last September and the upcoming TARGA High Country. He tested the new M-Sport Rally1 hybrid Ford Puma WRC car in northern England last November.

“It was certainly a highlight to test the Rally1 car and after that I sat in for a test day with Sebastien Loeb (winner of the WRC season-opening Monte Carlo rally) in France which was amazing.

“But now I’m really looking forward to getting back into TARGA action and I’m looking forward to the Mansfield street stage which will be fun.”

Among the hearty list of GTO runners is the ever-present threat of Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) and Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS).

There are 20 competitive stages scheduled across the three days with eight stages listed for the opening day where the lunch stop is at Whitfield.

Saturday action sees six stages with the lunch break at Euroa before the field finishes the day with the popular street stage through Mansfield.

TARGAfest will follow immediately after the street stage with the first competition cars expected at 5pm.

The final day sees another six stages with the first competition cars expected at the Eildon lunch stop at 11.10am.

The field will then tackle the final three stages – Skyline, Eildon and the final run to the Mt Buller summit where the first competition cars are set to be flagged away at 3.41pm.

For more information including full road closure details head to targa.com.au

08.02.2022

Reborn Giocattolo set for TARGA return after 15-year absence

Experienced driver Adam Kaplan has confirmed a key change of machinery with the unique Giocattolo poised for a long awaited comeback at TARGA High Country from February 11 to 13.

Kaplan has garaged the popular HSV – that is adorned in tribute livery of the 1990 Bathurst 1000 winning Holden at the hands of Win Percy and Allan Grice – in favour of the Giocattolo.

The Noosa-based competitor has revived the Giocattolo which was all but destroyed in a huge accident at the 2007 Classic Adelaide rally.

“It was a significant accident with the car scrunched up into a little ball that we had to straighten out. It took a long time,” Kaplan explained.

“The GFC and other business challenges got in the way of us spending time on it for a while there.”

The Giocattolo is an Australian creation from the mid-to-late 1980’s that is built on an Alfa Sprint body. Kaplan’s example is powered by a Holden V8 which is mated to an Albins 6-speed sequential transaxle.

It is believed only about 15 were produced in a project that involved former McLaren engineer Barry Lock. The super light car is armed with a prodigious amount of performance given its colossal power-to-weight ratio.

Set to do battle in the Classic GT section of TARGA High Country, the Giocattolo (which means toy in Italian) is no stranger to TARGA competition having seen action at various times in the 1990’s and 2000’s at the signature TARGA Tasmania.

“This will be its first run in 15 years so there might be a bit of sorting out to do,” Kaplan said, who has been in possession of the machine for more than 20 years.

“TARGA High Country will be a bit of a live shakedown because we have entered the Giocattolo for the 30th Anniversary TARGA Tasmania in a few months.

“It has a long TARGA history, so we are looking forward to jumping back in the car.

“The car won’t turn a wheel until the first stage at TARGA High Country. It’s a brand new build and most of it is custom manufactured.”

Kaplan will again be helped by regular co-driver Aleshia Penney in the hotly contested Classic GT category.

In what is shaping as another gripping battle, Liam and Larry Howarth (1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R) will do battle with Geoff and Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R) in the Early Modern 4 class. The pair were second and third respectively at the 2021 edition of the High Country classic.

Queenslanders Paolo and Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i) will be seeking back-to-back wins in Early Modern 2. The pair won the EM2 class at TARGA Great Barrier Reef last September.

A record number of more than 210 entries have been received for TARGA High Country.

There are 20 competitive stages scheduled across the three days with eight stages listed for the opening day where the lunch stop is at Whitfield.

Saturday action sees six stages with the lunch break at Euroa before the field finishes the day with the popular street stage through Mansfield.

TARGAfest will follow immediately after the street stage with the first competition cars expected at 5pm.

The final day sees another six stages with the first competition cars expected at the Eildon lunch stop at 11.10am.

The field will then tackle the final three stages – Skyline, Eildon and the final run to the Mt Buller summit where the first competition cars are set to be flagged away at 3.41pm.

For more information including full road closure details head to targa.com.au

07.02.2022

Gluskie and Winter out to avenge TARGA High Country crown

Regular Classic competitors Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter are itching for TARGA High Country to spring back into action from February 11 to 13.

COVID restrictions meant Gluskie and Winter were forced to remain in their home city of Melbourne during the last TARGA rally at Cairns in September.

For the Mt Buller-based event, Gluskie and Winter return in their reliable 1989 BMW 325 in the Classic Handicap section where they were successful in February last year.

“TARGA High Country is our local event. Both Sam and I are from Melbourne so we are looking forward to it,” Gluskie said.

“We’ve always done pretty well there but I think this year there are some strong crews in both Classic Handicap and Classic GT.

“The entries look really healthy. I think there is a bit of pent-up demand. Everybody wants to get out and start racing again because it’s been a patchy year on that front.”

Being unable to travel to Queensland for the last TARGA event means Gluskie and Winter have not competed since TARGA Tasmania last year where they finished fourth in class.

“We, along with many other interstate competitors, were unable to get approval to travel to Queensland with COVID,” Gluskie said.

“The previous year the Government said, ‘yes we will give you an exemption’ but obviously last year it became harder and there was more worry about the risk.

“It was a shame because it’s one of those events we do enjoy.

“We moved heaven and earth and more to get to Queensland in 2020 but that’s the joy of the pandemic, you’ve got to work with these things.”

In the interim, Gluskie has kept his enthusiasm burning with some track time in the E30.

“I’ve done a couple of track days just to keep my inspiration levels up. Apart from that there hasn’t been a lot of work to do with the car.

“The same set of tyres from TARGA Tasmania last year are still on the car. It is just ready to roll with a wash and a clean required.

“It makes life so much easier to have a reliable vehicle which is one less thing you have to worry about too often.

“I think we will have some good weather, it probably could be a bit hot but we’ll see what we are confronted with on the weekend.”

TARGA High Country regulars Jack Waldron and Vin Gregory are among nine entries in Thoroughbred Trophy while the penalty points based TSD Trophy features a strong line-up that includes the experienced Steve and Heather Brumby in their 1999 Alfa Romeo GTV.

GT Sports Trophy has drawn a highly competitive field with 2021 winners Simon Trude and Dion Morrison returning in their 2019 Lotus Exige Sport 410.

There are 20 competitive stages scheduled across the three days with eight stages listed for the opening day where the lunch stop is at Whitfield.

Saturday action sees six stages with the lunch break at Euroa before the field finishes the day with the popular street stage through Mansfield.

TARGAfest will follow immediately after the street stage with the first competition cars expected at 5pm.

The final day sees another six stages with the first competition cars expected at the Eildon lunch stop at 11.10am.

The field will then tackle the final three stages – Skyline, Eildon and the final run to the Mt Buller summit where the first competition cars are set to be flagged away at 3.41pm.

For more information include full road closure details head to targa.com.au

01.12.2021

TARGA TASMANIA 30 CELEBRATIONS KICK OFF WITH UNIQUE DRIVE FOR TASMANIANS

Tasmanians will have the rare opportunity to join the field of TARGA Tasmania when the 30th running of the ultimate tarmac rally gets underway on April 26 next year.

For the first time, the field, which showcases a cavalcade of motoring history, will include a special Tasmanian Tour section just for Tasmanian residents.

After three decades of unwavering support from the local community, event organisers have decided that Tasmanians deserve a well-priced opportunity to do what they have always wanted to do; drive in TARGA Tasmania!

TARGA CEO, Mark Perry said “The Tasmanian community have been right behind TARGA from day one in 1992, with literally thousands of people turning out each year to cheer on the cars and crews taking part, while also being there for us in sad times like we experienced earlier this year.

“Many Tasmanians have dreamed of taking part just once and we understand that this can be a difficult and expensive exercise. So, with there being touring options these days we thought what better way to thank Tasmanians than to remove these obstacles  and make it as easy as we can for Tasmanians to join us in celebrating 30 years of their event, TARGA Tasmania.

“The price for the Tasmanian Tour has been set at just $500 for a single day experience like nothing you have ever done before. While there are some restrictions on the choice of car, you won’t need an expensive or rare collectable classic fitted out with the latest safety gear in order to take part.  In fact, this tour is perfect for the motoring enthusiast who has always wanted to drive on a TARGA Stage and is happy to do it in the family’s every day transport.”

Launched in time for Christmas, this will be the perfect gift for Mum,Dad or any member of the family who loves cars.  A Christmas gift to remember with all entries receiving a TARGA Tasmania Christmas gift card ready for wrapping up and putting under the tree.

Spots are naturally very limited for this exclusive and rare opportunity to take part in one of the world’s greatest motoring experiences in the 30th anniversary event.

Enquiries and further information to be a part of it all and secure your spot should be emailed to enquiries@targa.com.au.

04.10.2021

TARGA moves dates to maximise impact

In order to maximise the impact of TARGA Tasmania’s 30th anniversary event, organisers have reverted to a traditional late April date to move beyond any likely COVID-19 restrictions.

The event was due to move to an earlier time-slot in 2022 – from March 8 to 13 – but will now be held from Tuesday April 26 to Sunday May 1.

The later date also facilitates the running of TARGA High Country from February 11 to 13, the same slot used earlier this year for the Mt Buller-based event, and away from the scheduled November 2021 dates that were likely to still be heavily impacted by COVID-19 protocols.

TARGA Australia CEO Mark Perry said the new dates buy both events vital time for Australian states to move beyond severe pandemic restrictions.

“The 30th running of TARGA Tasmania is a huge opportunity for everyone who has been involved over the years to join in and celebrate this magnificent milestone,” Perry said.

“Our competitors and tour participants come from all over Australia, and people need certainty in planning their travel and confidence that the event will take place.

“This new schedule buys everyone an additional seven weeks and in our early survey of competitors this was welcomed, seen as a real plus.

“We want to make the 30th anniversary something special – the event of the year for motorsport and car enthusiasts. We have some exciting things planned – not just for our entrants but all the TARGA fans in Tasmania as well.

“These might have been in doubt with a March event but now we can continue to build on our exciting plans to make the 30th TARGA Tasmania something really special.

“TARGA High Country is also an important event on our calendar and the February date will allow far more mainland competitors to take part than if we ran it in November this year as originally planned.

“So the date moves are a win, win. Great for TARGA Tasmania and also for TARGA High Country and great for competitors and also TARGA enthusiasts.”

TARGA Tasmania will get underway on Tuesday April 26, with participants spending the first three nights in Launceston.

The competition cars will then spend the Friday and Saturday nights in Strahan, while Tour entries will stay in Cradle Mountain. The event will conclude in Hobart on Sunday May 1.

TARGA High Country will remain based out of Mt Buller, with three days of competition in Victoria’s north east, starting on Friday February 11 and finishing back in the alpine village on Sunday February 13.

Media contact details

Ian Chesterman – 0417 530 902 

16.09.2021

Statement from Mark Perry, CEO of Targa Australia, following the release of the Investigatory Tribunal Report by Motorsport Australia

Thursday September 16, 2021

The Investigatory Tribunal was set up by Motorsport Australia after the tragic deaths in Targa Tasmania this year, and we again express our condolences to the family and friends of Shane Navin, Leigh Mundy and Dennis Neagle for the loss of their loved ones.

It is a loss still felt by everyone at Targa and that is why we welcomed the appointment of the Tribunal by Motorsport Australia and greatly appreciate the effort that has gone into its report.

We fully cooperated with the Tribunal, worked closely with Motorsport Australia and we thank all of the people who made a contribution to the report. We share a common goal to make tarmac rally events as safe as they can be.

We know that competitor safety, while understanding the inherent risks of motorsport, must be a priority for all of involved in our sport.

Targa Australia will now work with Motorsport Australia to implement all 23 recommendations from the Tribunal.

Targa Australia and Motorsport Australia are committed to running a highly successful 30th Anniversary Targa Tasmania event in March 2022. It is an event with wonderful history and together we will work to ensure its ongoing success for decades to come.

Some of the recommendations fall to us to implement, while others fall to Motorsport Australia as the controlling body. We will work together to have them implemented for Targa Tasmania in 2022.

Importantly, at Targa Great Barrier Reef earlier this month, seven of the 13 safety recommendations requiring Targa Australia’s response – around course design and top and average speeds – were already implemented.

All parties understand that we have much to do in the coming months but we embrace the challenge that will see safety at our events continue to evolve and improve.

The full Investigatory Tribunal Report can be read here.

Media contact details
Ian Chesterman – 0417 530 902
Gordon Lomas – 0419 733 99

16.09.2021

Motorsport Australia and Mark Perry media conferences today

Thursday September 16, 2021

Following the release today of the report of the Investigatory Tribunal set up by Motorsport Australia after the fatalities at Targa Tasmania this year, Mark Perry, Targa Australia CEO, will be available at an all-in interview opportunity in the Harbour Room at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart at 3:00pm today, Thursday September 16.

Motorsport Australia is also conducting a media opportunity via Zoom – 2pm AEST
Who: Eugene Arocca, Motorsport Australia CEO
Where: Zoom Meeting (details below)
When: 2pm AEST, Thursday 16 September

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85166130191?pwd=aVk1MnkxRytLclBGSS9xdmE1dEwvdz09
Meeting ID: 851 6613 0191
Passcode: 191717 
Media may also join the Motorsport Australia call by phone, email priordan@motorsport.org.au for dial in details.

For more information on the TARGA media opportunity, please contact Ian Chesterman (0417 530 902orianchesterman@sportcom.com.au)

Media contact details
Ian Chesterman – 0417 530902
Gordon Lomas – 0419 733 99

05.09.2021

What the winners said

credit: Otherside Productions // Simon Chapman

Our reporter caught up with the class winners following the fourth edition of TARGA Great Barrier Reef.

It’s Live in Queensland overall/It’s Live in Queensland GT Outright, Cairns Regional Council GT Production winner: 

Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi)

We had a red hot go and I drove the best I’ve ever driven and we caught him (Quinn) on the Palmerston run (TS 15),” Anear said.

“He wasn’t going to let me by and it was very satisfying. Then we managed to double the lead again on the next shorter stage.”

“Because the roads were damp we reckon the Subaru was the right car for the conditions.

“I’ve got to thank Ben Newman who gave me the car which was prepared by Buckby Motorsport on the proviso that ‘you go up there and win it’.

“If it wasn’t for those guys we wouldn’t have made it here so I can’t thank them enough.”

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 winner:

Paolo Buccini/Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i)

“We had a bit of fun. It was a little bit greasy out there today but as long as you treated it with respect you were fine,” Buccini said.

“The stages were amazing and it was well organised. It was great.”

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4 winner:

Geoff Hewitt/Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R)

“Not quite the perfect weekend because if you look closely at the back and the front of the car on the driver’s side it wasn’t the best weekend we could have had,” Geoff Hewitt said, pointing to some scrapes.

“That was on the Palmerston stage so I guess it could have been worse but we are delighted to have won the class.”

Shannons Classic GT winner: 

Anthony Genocchio/Robert Horsfall (1983 Holden Commodore)

“We had a good first day and then on the second day it was dry up until the afternoon,” Genocchio explained.

“I didn’t really like the last two stages on Saturday because they were very wet so we eased off and got the car home.

“That’s where (Jon) Siddins put a minute on me I think on the Palmerston stage. We were having a good battle in the dry but unfortunately he had some mechanical issues (gearbox).

“I’ve had plenty of those and not finished so I have plenty of sympathy for them.”

Shannons Classic Handicap winner:

Patrick Barnett/Katie Barnett (1979 Ford Cortina)

“Very enjoyable event and couldn’t be happier.” 

Reef Hotel & Casino GT Sports Trophy winner:

Geoffrey Olholm/Matthew Sanders (2019 Toyota Supra GTS)

“The car was really strong in wet conditions. Matthew (co-driver) is from Adelaide and has never been here before so the course was new to him,” Olholm said.

“So Matthew did a great job calling the notes. I was battling the Traction Control system all weekend and couldn’t turn it off.

“That meant I was losing time on the dry stages. But we are stoked to get the win.”

Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy winner:

Tim Hall/Kym Hall (1980 Holden Commodore)

“We had a bit of an incident on the Palmerston stage on the timber bridges and had a bit of an off and (hit) a bit of a wall,”

Cairns Regional Council TSD Trophy winner:

Darryl Marshall/Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Pursuit Ute)

“It was on from the word go,” Darryl Marshall said.

“We really didn’t have a moment to ease off at all and had to be right on the ball the whole time. It was as exhausting an event as TARGA Tasmania.

“The three of us (second and third) fought it out the whole weekend. It was really entertaining.”

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Rookie Rallye winner:

Wayne Lamont/Errol Rosenblatt (2012 Toyota 86)

“We had a ball. It was 10 times better than I thought it would be,” Lamont said.

credit: Otherside Productions // Simon Chapman

05.09.2021

Anear sizzles to snatch last gasp TARGA victory

Sunday September 5, 2021

Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis unleashed a powerhouse finish to claim a gripping victory at the fourth running of TARGA Great Barrier Reef.

 Going into the final day 11 seconds off the lead, Anear and Saradis surged to the front with two stages remaining in their 2010 Subaru WRX STi, securing a breath-taking win in It’s Live in Queensland overall classification.The pair overhauled last year’s winners Tony Quinn and Brian Foster on the 27.98km Palmerston (15th of 17 stages) test, leaping to a 10 second lead before stretching the margin to 17 seconds at the finish.It was the perfect result for gravel and tarmac regular Anear who was forced into a vehicle change just ahead of the Cairns-based event after an accident in Tasmania to his exotic Mercedes AMG GT R.

Locals Steve Van Der Brug and Linda Rankine finished third overall in 2010 Subaru WRX STi.The top three positions were duplicated in GT Outright while Anear also snared Cairns Regional Council GT Production.

“We had a red hot go and I drove the best I’ve ever driven and we caught him (Quinn) on the Palmerston run (TS 15),” Anear said.

 “He wasn’t going to let me by and it was very satisfying. Then we managed to double the lead again on the next shorter stage.”“Because the roads were damp we reckon the Subaru was the right car for the conditions.“I’ve got to thank Ben Newman who gave me the car which was prepared by Buckby Motorsport on the proviso that ‘you go up there and win it’.”Jon and Gina Siddins were an early casualty after the opening Gillies Range stage when their 1970 Datsun 240Zencountered gearbox problems, cruelly seeing a potential win vanish in Shannons Classic GT.

 The demise of the Datsun left Anthony Genocchio and Robert Horsfall to secure a big victory in their 1983 Holden Commodore.It was a one-act affair in Shannons Classic with Patrick Barnett and Katie Barnett (1979 Ford Cortina) picking up the victory.

Paolo and Claire Buccini guided their 2008 BMW 135i to a comfortable victory in Dutton Garage Early Modern 2, while Geoff and Toni Hewitt prevailed in Early Modern 4 in their beautifully prepared 2009 Nissan GT-R.

Geoffrey Olholm and Matthew Sanders completed the event to take the win in Reef Hotel & Casino GT Sports Trophy, finishing 2 minutes 16 seconds ahead of Gwesyn Dalliston and Robert Goodwin (2003 Nissan 350Z).

Picking up from where they left off last year, Tim and Kym Hall were victorious in Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy in their 1980 Holden Commodore. The Halls won by almost nine minutes.

Darryl and Peter Marshall were unflappable in their 2002 Ford Pursuit Ute to clinch top spot in the time, speed and distance challenge presented in the Cairns Regional Council TSD Trophy.

Wayne Lamont/Errol Rosenblatt (2012 Toyota 86) took the spoils in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Rookie Rallye.

TARGA Great Barrier Reef

Final results – Day 3 of 3 (provisional)

It’s Live Queensland overall

1 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi)

2 Tony Quinn/Brian Foster (2018 Nissan GT-R) +17s

3 Steven Van Der Brug/Linda Rankine (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +4min07s

4 Tony/Sandra Seymour (2013 Lotus Exige) +5.03s

5 Mark Griffith/Neill Woolley (2017 Mercedes A45) +5.45s

 It’s Live Queensland GT Outright

1 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi)

2 Tony Quinn/Brian Foster (2018 Nissan GT-R) +17s

3 Steven Van Der Brug/Linda Rankine (2010 Subaru WRX STi) 4.07ss

Cairns Regional Council GT Production

1 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi)

2 Steven Van Der Brug/Linda Rankine (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +4.07

3 Mark Griffith/Neill Woolley (2017 Mercedes A45) +5.45s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2

1 Paolo Buccini/Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i)

2 Ian Gough/Zahary Gough (1998 Nissan Skyline) +7:55s

3 Christopher Carney/Lacey Wade (1991 Toyota Corolla GTi-SX) +16.29s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4

1 Geoffrey Hewitt/Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R)

2 Graeme Colls/Sandra Colls (1997 Subaru WRX STi) 2:58s

3 Christopher Jaques/Kate Jaques (2001 Mitsubishi. Evo IX) 5.15s

 Shannons Classic (handicap)

1 Patrick Barnett/Katie Barnett (1979 Ford Cortina)

 Shannons Classic GT

1 Anthony Genocchio/Robert Horsfall (1983 Holden Commodore)

2 Stewart Reid/Jennifer Cole (1980 Ford Escort) +34s

3 Jamie MacFarlane/Raymond Priest (1982 Holden Commodore Rally) +4.46s

Reef Hotel & Casino GT Sports Trophy

1 Geoffrey Olholm/Matthew Sanders (2019 Toyota Supra GTS)

2 Gwesyn Dalliston/Robert Goodwin (2003 Nissan 350Z Track) +2.16s

3 Joe Chuadee/Jason Holt (2004 Renault Megane) +5.50s

 Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy

1 Timothy Hall/Kym Hall (1980 Holden Commodore)

2 Thomas English/Trent Vidler (1967 Holden HR Ute) 4:47s

3 Leo Rodriguez/Paul Frank (1988 Mazda RX-7) +8.55s

Cairns Regional Council TSD Trophy

1 Darryl Marshall/Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Falcon Pursuit 250) +13 points

2eq Agim Selita/Gezim Bashi (2011 BMW 135i M Sports) +18

2eq Benjamin Brooksby/Rob Sheppard (2005 Mitsubishi Magna VRX) +18

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Rookie Rallye

1 Wayne Lamont/Errol Rosenblatt (2012 Toyota 86)

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04.09.2021

Battle heats up for Quinn with day to go

credit: Otherside Productions // Simon Chapman

Saturday September 4, 2021

Tony Quinn has staved off a late attack to protect his lead after the second day of TARGA Great Barrier Reef.

The canny entrepreneur, who has again teamed up with Brian Foster in defence of their 2020 title in Cairns, will go into the final day of competition with a slender 11 second lead. 

After completing six stages on the second day, Quinn and Foster were unflappable in the 2018 Nissan GT-R.

Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi) started the day 16 seconds behind Quinn/Foster and put in some quick runs before lunch to keep within 20 seconds of the Quinn/Foster Nissan before ending the day within range of jumping into the lead with five stages remaining tomorrow.

Brisbane pair Tony and Sandra Seymour are peeling off some consistent stages to maintain third overall in their 2013 Lotus Exige.

Quinn and Foster also lead It’s Live Queensland GT Outright by the same margin, 17 seconds from Anear and Sarandis who continue to enjoy a solid lead in Cairns Regional Council GT Production.

“We are going along okay, not pushing too hard and keeping out of trouble,” Quinn said.

“We are happy to hold the lead but there are another five stages to go tomorrow so there is nothing to be gained by getting ahead of ourselves.”

The experienced pairing of Jon and Gina Siddins pushed hard to move into the lead in Shannons Classic GT, climbing to a 1min12sec advantage.

The Gold Coast pair are running fresh livery for the event and have reverted to original shock absorbers in their 1970 Datsun 240Z. Overnight leaders Anthony Genocchio and Robert Horsfall (1983 Holden Commodore) are back in second place.

Shannons Classic standings sees Patrick Barnett and Katie Barnett (1979 Ford Cortina) are the sole crew left in the class.

Paolo Buccini and Claire Buccini clear out to a lead of over six minutes in Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 while in Dutton Garage Early Modern 4 Geoffrey and Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R) hold a solid advantage.

Positions remain tight at the front of the Reef Hotel & Casino GT Sports Trophy with Geoffrey Olholm and Matthew Sanders showing the way in a 2019 Toyota Supra GTS.

The Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy class is headed by Tim and Kym Hall (1980 Holden Commodore) while the highly successful team of Darryl and Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Falcon Pursuit Ute 250) have edged clear in the points-penalty based Cairns Regional Council TSD Trophy.

The sole runner in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Rookie Rallye, Wayne Lamont/Errol Rosenblatt (2012 Toyota 86), completed the day’s test. 

 Results – Day 2 of 3 (provisional)

 It’s Live Queensland overall

1 Tony Quinn/Brian Foster (2018 Nissan GT-R)

2 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +11s

3 Steven Van Der Brug/Linda Rankine (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +2min36s

4eq Jon Siddins/Gina Siddins (1970 Datsun 240Z) +2min48s

4eq Geoffrey Hewitt/Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R) 2.48s

 It’s Live Queensland GT Outright

1 Tony Quinn/Brian Foster (2018 Nissan GT-R)

2 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +11s

3 Steven Van Der Brug/Linda Rankine (2010 Subaru WRX STi) 2.36s

 Cairns Regional Council GT Production

1 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi)

2 Steven Van Der Brug/Linda Rankine (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +2.25s

3 Mark Griffith/Neill Woolley (2017 Mercedes A45) +2.46s

 Dutton Garage Early Modern 2

1 Paolo Buccini/Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i)

2 Ian Gough/Zahary Gough (1998 Nissan Skyline) +6mins

3 Christopher Carney/Lacey Wade (1991 Toyota Corolla GTi-SX) +10.08s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4

1 Geoffrey Hewitt/Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R)

2  Graeme Colls/Sandra Colls (1997 Subaru WRX STi) 4.32s

3 Aaron Dunkerton/Alan Stean (2003 Mitsubishi Evo VIII) +4.43s

 Shannons Classic (handicap)

1 Patrick Barnett/Katie Barnett (1979 Ford Cortina)

 Shannons Classic GT

1 Jon Siddins/Gina Siddins (1970 Datsun 240Z)

2 Anthony Genocchio/Robert Horsfall (1983 Holden Commodore) +1min27s

3 Stewart Reid/Jennifer Cole (1980 Ford Escort) +1.52s

 Reef Hotel & Casino GT Sports Trophy

1 Geoffrey Olholm/Matthew Sanders (2019 Toyota Supra GTS)

2 Gwesyn Dalliston/Robert Goodwin (2003 Nissan 350Z Track) +2.27s

3 Joe Chuadee/Jason Holt (2004 Renault Megane) +4.40s

 Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy

1 Timothy Hall/Kym Hall (1980 Holden Commodore)

2 Leo Rodriguez/Paul Frank (1988 Mazda RX-7) +3.37s

3 Thomas English/Trent Vidler (1967 Holden HR Ute) 4:36s

 Cairns Regional Council TSD Trophy

1 Darryl Marshall/Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Falcon Pursuit 250) +8 points

2 Agim Selita/Gezim Bashi (2011 BMW 135i M Sports) +13

3 Benjamin Brooksby/Rob Sheppard (2005 Mitsubishi Magna VRX) +18

 Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Rookie Rallye

1 Wayne Lamont/Errol Rosenblatt (2012 Toyota 86)

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03.09.2021

Quinn establishes early advantage

Friday September 3, 2021

Champion driver Tony Quinn delivered a copybook exhibition of tarmac rallying to lead the overall field following the opening leg of competition in Cairns.

Chasing a second successive victory at the event on Tropical North Queensland’s striking and demanding roads, Quinn and co-driver Brian Foster have established a handy 24 second lead in their Nissan GT-R in the It’s Live Queensland overall standings.

The highly experienced Quinn, whose extensive list of track and rally triumphs is spearheaded by winning the coveted TARGA Tasmania twice, is attempting to duplicate his effort at Cairns last year by leading from the outset.

Officials downgraded the final stage of the day, Copperlode (TS 6) due to road conditions.

“It was a reasonable day of driving,” the laid-back Quinn said.

“It was steady as she goes so we just have to maintain the pace and not make any mistakes. But there is no time to get comfortable.”

Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis are in second place overall. After a late switch of car just before the event, Anear and Sarandis are now doing battle in a 2010 Subaru WRX STi. 

Tony and Sandra Seymour are third overall, 37 seconds behind the leaders, in a 2013 Lotus Exige. The leading three positions are duplicated in the GT Outright class.

Anear and Sarandis also lead GT Production with a 60 second advantage ahead of Mark Griffith and Neill Wooley’s 2017 Mercedes-Benz A45.

Paolo and Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i) have forged a tidy lead in Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 while Geoff and Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R) are showing the way in Dutton Garage Early Modern 4.

Classic GT stars Jon and Gina Siddins showed the way in their 1970 Datsun 240z before ending proceedings in second, nine seconds behind Anthony Genocchio and Robert Horsfall (1983 Holden Commodore) in Shannons Classic GT.

A tight battle is raging in Shannons Classic Handicap with Patrick Barnett and Katie Barnett (1979 Ford Cortina) clinging to a 24 second lead over Tyrone Gilbert and Tania Wearing (1967 Holden HR Ute).

A scan through the trophy classes sees Darryl Marshall/Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Falcon Pursuit 250) and Agim Selita/Gezim Bashi (2011 BMW 135i M Sports) co-leaders on three points. Thoroughbred Trophy is headed by Tim and Kym Hall in their 1980 Holden Commodore. GT Sports Trophy is topped by the 2019 Toyota Supra GTS of Geoffrey Olholm and Matthew Sanders.

The sole Rookie Rallye entry of Wayne Lamont and Errol Rosenblatt (2012 Toyota 86) completed the day’s five stages.

For more information on key components of TARGA Great Barrier Reef and road closures, visit targa.com.au and download the Spectator GuideResults – Day 1 of 3 (Provisional)It’s Live Queensland Overall 
1 Tony Quinn/Brian Foster (2018 Nissan GT-R) 
2 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +24secs
3 Tony Seymour/Sandra Seymour (2013 Lotus Exige) +37s
4 Anthony Genocchio/Robert Horsfall (1983 Holden Commodore) +1min16s
5 Mark Griffith/Neill Woolley (2017 Mercedes A45) +1.24s

It’s Live Queensland GT Outright
1 Tony Quinn/Brian Foster (2018 Nissan GT-R) 
2 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +24s
3 Tony Seymour/Sandra Seymour (2013 Lotus Exige) +37s

Cairns Regional Council GT Production
1 Luke Anear/Andy Sarandis (2010 Subaru WRX STi) 
2 Mark Griffith/Neill Woolley (2017 Mercedes A45) +1min0s
3 Steven Van Der Brug/Linda Rankine (2010 Subaru WRX STi) +1:10s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2
1 Paolo Buccini/Claire Buccini (2008 BMW 135i)
2 Ian Gough/Zahary Gough (1998 Nissan Skyline) +4mins:32s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4
1 Geoffrey Hewitt/Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R)
2 Gregg Taylor/Craig Milich (2008 Subaru WRX) +1min:38s
3 Aaron Dunkerton/Alan Stean (2003 Mitsubishi Evo VIII) +1:49s

Shannons Classic (handicap)
1 Patrick Barnett/Katie Barnett (1979 Ford Cortina)
2 Tyrone Gilbert/Tania Wearing (1981 Mazda RX-7) +24secs

Shannons Classic GT
1 Anthony Genocchio/Robert Horsfall (1983 Holden Commodore)
2 Jon Siddins/Gina Siddins (1970 Datsun 240Z) +9secs
3 Stewart Reid/Jennifer Cole (1980 Ford Escort) +1min07s

Reef Hotel & Casino GT Sports Trophy
1 Geoffrey Olholm/Matthew Sanders (2019 Toyota Supra GTS)
2 Gwesyn Dalliston/Robert Goodwin (2003 Nissan 350Z Track) +1min08s
3 Warren Hendry/Mitchell Hendry (2020 Toyota Yaris) +1:26s

Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy
1 Timothy Hall/Kym Hall (1980 Holden Commodore)
2 Leo Rodriguez/Paul Frank (1988 Mazda RX-7) +1min:41s
3 Thomas English/Trent Vidler (1967 Holden HR Ute) +3m:12s

Cairns Regional Council TSD Trophy
=1 Darryl Marshall/Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Falcon Pursuit 250) +3 points
=1 Agim Selita/Gezim Bashi (2011 BMW 135i M Sports) +3
3 Benjamin Brooksby/Rob Sheppard (2005 Mitsubishi Magna VRX) +4

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Rookie Rallye
1 Wayne Lamont/Errol Rosenblatt (2012 Toyota 86)

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02.09.2021

Seymour targets elusive podium

Thursday September 2, 2021

Brisbane Lotus pair Tony and Sandra Seymour are primed for redemption at the Cairns-based TARGA Great Barrier Reef starting this Friday (September 3).

One of the top fancies in the GT Outright class, the Seymours have left nothing to chance in their preparation for the fourth running of the critically acclaimed Tropical North Queensland event.

Tony Seymour believes he is better prepared to take on the Outright category in his 2013 Lotus Exige after a splendid run at TARGA Great Barrier Reef last year was spoiled by a mistake on the penultimate stage when he was momentarily second in overall standings.

“I’ve got a bit more experience now because last year in Cairns was my first event in the open class,” Seymour said, who made the large jump from the GT Sports Trophy category.

“I think we will be in a better position than last year.

“There were three in my class last year and I still didn’t manage to finish on the podium so you can’t take anything for granted.”

Seymour recounted the twists and turns that saw him tantalisingly close to a spot on the podium only to encounter a mishap on the 28.21km Palmerston run.

“It was the long stage and (Tony) Quinn (Nissan GT-R) was in front and then Luke Anear (Mercedes AMG GT R) was second and I was third,” Seymour said.

“Luke was in front of me and he went off and holed the radiator. So that put us up into second place.

“But he managed to get the car fixed which enabled him to get back to the finish and still take second.

“It was a strange turn of events because on Palmerston I was going along no problem then I made a costly mistake.

“It’s all a learning experience and we are hoping to be right up there again.”

Entries are up sharply across the 10 classes which number 130, compared with 83 last year.

Highlights of TARGA Great Barrier Reef 2021 include the TARGAcavalcade which features the entire field streaming through the northern suburbs of Cairns under police escort from 3.30pm-4.45pm on Friday, September 3.

The event will conclude with a new-look TARGAfest and official finish at Fogarty Park in the heart of Cairns from 3pm on Sunday, September 5.

TGBR is the opening round of the Motorsport Australia-sanctioned TARGA Championship which also embraces TARGA High Country from November 12-14 and the 30th anniversary TARGA Tasmania from March 8-13.

People are reminded that the Kuranda Range stage is scheduled to be the first stage on the Saturday (September 4) morning. This is a change from previous years when the Kuranda stage was held on Sunday morning.

For more information on key components of TGBR and road closures, visit targa.com.au and download the Spectator Guide.

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01.09.2021

Udy eyes TARGA Great Barrier Reef upset

Wayne Udy in action

Wednesday September 1, 2021

Whitsunday competitor Wayne Udy is angling to produce another barnstorming run when TARGA Great Barrier Reef gets underway this Friday.

Alongside co-driver Mia Williams, Udy almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in tarmac rallying when the pair finished second overall at the Cairns-based event last year.

After three days of hard toil on the picturesque and demanding Tropical North Queensland roads, Udy and Williams were only bested by GTO Outright class favourites Tony Quinn and Brian Foster.

While the field was depleted due to COVID restrictions, the performance from Udy and Williams was outstanding given they had soared so highly in their GT Sports Trophy 2019 Lotus Exige 410 Sport machine.

Easily winning their class, the pair are confident of featuring prominently again in overall standings.

“There was a lot of pressure on us last year to perform and we proved we could do it,” Udy explained.

“So this year I’m going out to have a lot more fun. This year the pressure is off a little bit.”

“We are definitely going to aim to be up there in the overall standings again.

“We have only driven the Lotus twice since last year. It’s been sitting in the shed. I bought the car new and it’s only got 3500km on it so with the low mileage it should be pretty reliable.”

Quinn is strongly fancied to defend his TARGA Great Barrier Reef title from last year when he produced a clean run across the three days to prevail in the 2018 Nissan GT-R.

This year’s event has attracted 130 entries, despite the lingering COVID restrictions nationwide and is up from the 83 last year when the event defied the pandemic to stage a highly successful third edition of what has become a signature event on the TARGA calendar.

Highlights of TGBR 2021 include the TARGAcavalcade which features the entire field streaming through the northern suburbs of Cairns under police escort from 3.30pm-4.45pm on Friday, September 3.

The event will conclude with a new-look TARGAfest and official finish at Fogarty Park in the heart of Cairns from 3pm on Sunday, September 5.

TARGA Great Barrier Reef is the opening round of the Motorsport Australia-sanctioned TARGA Championship which also embraces TARGA High Country from November 12-14 and the 30th anniversary TARGA Tasmania from March 8-13 next year.

Please note that the Kuranda Range stage is scheduled to be the first stage on the Saturday (September 4) morning. This is a change from previous years when the Kuranda stage was held on Sunday morning.

For more information on key components of TGBR and road closures, visit targa.com.au and download the Spectator Guide.

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30.08.2021

TARGA ‘ray of sunshine’ for local economy

Monday August 30, 2021

Locals are breathing a sigh of relief that TARGA Great Barrier Reef will proceed as Cairns prepares to welcome Australia’s leading tarmac rally Championship this week, with the event running from September 3 to 5.

Amid lockdowns and disruptions to business and events nationwide, TARGA Great Barrier Reef has again shown its resilience during the pandemic.

Cairns business owner and avid TARGA competitor Murray Young cannot stress enough the importance the event has on tropical North Queensland which relies heavily on tourism.

“Tourism has been devastated in Cairns,” Young said.

“So for an event like TARGA to be able to proceed brings a ray of sunshine to the region in terms of an influx of teams and crews who will inject a lot of money into the local economy.

“It’s going to be a bit of a shot-in-the-arm with everyone buying the food, using the accommodation etc, so we can’t say enough how valuable TARGA is to our local community.

“I did a recce of the TARGA course yesterday and the region is absolutely spectacular. 

“From a competitors point of view, anyone who is doing this event this year, I can guarantee they will be back again and again.

“All the people coming to Cairns to do the TARGA Tours, they will be blown away by the roads and the scenery.”

The field size has risen by around 25 per cent from last year with 130 cars set to tackle the competitive stages around Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands as TARGA Great Barrier Reef’s reputation as a showpiece tarmac rally continues to flourish. 

There has been some modifications to the event structure as lockdowns interstate have restricted to essentially Queensland competitors.

Organisers have been forced to make the difficult decision to cancel the two proposed Super Special stages.

The Cairns showgrounds was to have staged a Super Special stage on Thursday, September 2, while Innisfail was scheduled to host a Super Special through the main part of town on Sunday, September 5.

“Unfortunately the COVID-19 restrictions has impacted on the number of competition cars this year, which in turn severely impacts the length of the show that we can put on as well as the amount of people that can attend,” TARGA chief executive Mark Perry explained.

“For street stages to work, you need a mass of cars to put on a show, so this year they are just not viable unfortunately. 

“However I want to thank the local councils for their support of the concept and hopefully we will see them in the near future.

“But we are really thrilled that the TARGA Cavalcade will happen again, which takes the cars to the suburbs, and we have implemented a new look on the final day (Sunday, September 5) with the TARGAfest and ceremonial finish at Fogarty Park.”

As previously announced, the Cavalcade is scheduled from 3.30pm-4.45pm on Friday, September 3.

There has also been a change to the Kuranda Range stage this year. This will now be run on Saturday, September 4. In previous years it has been staged on the Sunday. “

“People are reminded to plan ahead and check targa.com.au for all of the road closure times and information,” Perry said.

TARGA Great Barrier Reef is the opening round of the Motorsport Australia TARGA Championship that also includes Mt Buller in north-eastern Victoria for TARGA High Country from November 12-14 and finish with the landmark 30th anniversary of TARGA Tasmania from March 8-13.

For more information including important road closures during the upcoming event, visit targa.com.au

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24.08.2021

TARGA CAVALCADE ROUTE CONFIRMED

TARGA Cavalcade

24th of August, 2021

The Cairns public will be treated to an amazing array of machinery with the route for the TARGACavalcade revealed as TARGA Great Barrier Reef returns to Tropical North Queensland from September 3 to 5.

Following on from its incredibly successful introduction at last year’s event, the Cavalcade (see attached map) will set off from Cairns city and trek north toward the airport before heading inland to capture key northern suburbs.

The route will embrace a wide sweep of northern Cairns that will see the stars and cars, under police escort, embrace Aeroglen, Stratford, Freshwater, Kamerunga, the historic Redlynch before concluding at Brinsmead.

The Cavalcade is scheduled from 3.30pm-4.45pm on the afternoon of Friday the 3rd of September.

TARGA CEO Mark Perry said the Cavalcade had connected the Cairns community to the motorsport event and was a highlight for both the competitors and the public with around $12 million worth of high-performance vehicles cruises through the suburbs.

“The Cairns public turned out in their thousands last year asthey lined the route in a huge show of support for TARGAthat defied the COVID-19 shutdowns across the country,” he said.

Release of the route follows finalisation of the course for TARGA Great Barrier Reef which acts as the opening round of the Motorsport Australia TARGA Championship. The Championship also embraces TARGA High Country in north-eastern Victoria set for November 12-14 and the showpiece TARGA Tasmania which will assume a new date from March 8-13 next year for its 30th anniversary.

For more information on TARGA Great Barrier Reef and important road closure information visit targa.com.au

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24.04.2021

Tragic end to Targa Tasmania

Saturday 24th April, 2021

TARGA Tasmania has been struck with tragedy for a second successive day.

A double fatality occurred 6.2km into the Cygnet 1 stage.

A 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was involved in an accident with both driver Leigh Mundy and co-driver Dennis Neagle killed after the car hit a tree.

Medical teams arrived at the scene but both occupants could not be saved.

“This has been a devastating few days for the Targa family,” said Mark Perry, TARGA Australia chief executive.

“Today our thoughts and deepest condolences go to Leigh and Dennis’ family and friends.

“Both loved Targa and we knew them so well, which makes their passing so difficult for everyone in our community.

“They will be sorely missed by us all.”

Organisers downgraded the stages to touring at 12.17 pm.

It left Eddie Maguire and Zak Brakey as the winners of the Dutton Garage Overall category in their 2016 Dodge Viper.

Maguire and Brakey ran at the front on all six days, ending with a one minute 57 second win over Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R).

Running at the front on all six days, Maguire withstood a pressure-packed event to win the Dutton Garage Overall class alongside co-driver Zak Brakey in their 2016 Dodge Viper.

The all-Tasmanian crew managed to win 12 of the event’s 37 stages across more than 600km of stages. Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) were one minute 57 seconds behind in second.

“It’s not the feeling we thought we’d get as we had been working 30 years for this,” Maguire said.

“I was my son Hunter’s age (four) when the first TARGA Tasmania was on and it has been a dream to win this since then.

“It’s great to do it with Zak (Brakey) who is a good mate. We went to primary school together.

“My service crew, mum and dad and Jason White have been amazing. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Jason, he’s a great mentor.

“I also want to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the people we have lost yesterday and today.

Trevor Macleod and Steve Glenney topped the opening two stages of the final day to finish third overall in their 2009 Nissan GT-R.

Maguire and Brakey also topped Dutton Garage GT Outright standings.

Macleod and Glenney took Dutton Garage Early Modern 4 by more than 16 minutes. 

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2 was won convincingly by Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (2004 BMW M3 CSL).

Queenslanders Jon and Gina Siddins were never headed in Shannons Classic GT, the pair guiding their 1970 Datsun 240Z six minutes 31 seconds clear of second-placed Stephen Thatcher and Phillip Parker (1989 Nissan Skyline) 

Ashley Yelds and Mary Hughes were untouchable throughout, claiming Shannons Classic Handicap by 11 minutes 35 seconds in their beautifully prepared 1961 Volvo 122S.

A raging battle continued to the end in Classic Throttle Shop GT Production with Stephen Maguire, brother of Eddie, prevailing by 18 seconds in the 2011 Mitsubishi Evo X he shared with Stuart Benson.

In one of the most hotly contested categories, Tyler Page and Ryan Sheenan (2007 Subaru WRX) took honours in Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye by a slender eight seconds.

Queenslanders Darryl and Peter Marshall were never headed after completing a solid campaign in their 2002 Ford Pursuit Ute to dominate Budget TSD Trophy. The Marshalls were only docked a total of 15 points with their nearest challengers, Christopher Waldock and Cristine Kirby (2016 Jaguar F-Type) finishing on 60 points.

Jack Waldron and Graham Mitchell powered to victory in Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy in their 1981 Mitsubishi Sigma, claiming the category by 12 minutes 25 seconds.

In Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy, Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd (2020 Exige 410) prevailed by just over one minute from Stephen Sher and Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige).

TARGA Tasmania 2021 Day 6 of 6 results (provisional)

Dutton Garage Overall
1 Ed Maguire/Zak Brakey (2016 Dodge Viper ACR)
2 Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) +1:57s
3 Trevor Macleod/Steve Glenney (2009 Nissan GT-R) +2:37s
4 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +6:53s
5 Jeff Morton/Daymon Nicoli (2019 Porsche GT2 RS) +11:53s
6 Stephen Maguire/Stuart Benson (2011 Mitsubishi Evo X) +15:05s

Dutton Garage GT Outright

1 Ed Maguire/Zak Brakey (2016 Dodge Viper ACR)
2 Angus Kennard/Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) +1:57s
3 Tony Quinn/Kate Catford (2018 Nissan GT-R) +6:53s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 4
1 Trevor Macleod/Steve Glenney (2009 Nissan GT-R)
2 Geoffrey Hewitt/Toni Hewitt (2009 Nissan GT-R) +16:18s
3 Guy Lilleyman/John Lilleyman (2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX) +18:13s

Dutton Garage Early Modern 2
1 Adam Kaplan/Aleshia Penney (2004 BMW M3 CSL)
2 Peter Roberts/Suzanne Atkins (1992 Nissan Skyline GTS-1) +7:03s
3 Adam Spence/Lee Challoner-Miles (2004 BMW M3 CSL) +7:06s

Classic Throttle Shop GT Production
1 Stephen Maguire/Stuart Benson (2011 Mitsubishi Evo X) 
2 Peter Nunn/Keith Johnstone (2016 Porsche Cayman GTS) +18s
3 Crichton Lewis/Anthony Carr (2015 Subaru WRX STi) +1:48s

 Shannons Classic GT
1 Jon Siddins/Gina Siddins (1970 Datsun 240Z)
2 Stephen Thatcher/Phillip Parker (1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R) +6:31s
3 Stuart McAuley/Philippe Etienne (1985 Porsche 911 Carrera) +7:23s

Shannons Classic Handicap
1 Ashley Yelds/Mary Hughes (1960 Volvo 122S)
2 Peter Ullrich/Sari Ullrich (1964 Studebaker Avanti) +11:25s
3 Bruce Power/Russell Hannah (1979 Mazda RX-7) +13:16s

Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy
1 Matthew Gibbens/Timothy Jurd (2020 Lotus Exige 410)
2 Stephen Sher/Fergal Murphy (2016 Lotus Exige) +1:03s
3 Robert Bryden/Ian Noble (2020 Lotus Exige) +2:05s

 Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy
1 Jack Waldron/Graham Mitchell (1981 Mitsubishi Sigma)
2 John Stanton/John Blake (1981 Porsche 924 Turbo) +12:25s
3 David Currow/Kate O’Donnell (1969 Fiat 124 AC) +50:16s

Budget TSD Trophy
1 Darryl Marshall/Peter Marshall (2002 Ford Pursuit Ute) 15 points
2 Christopher Waldock/Cristine Kirby (2016 Jaguar F-Type SVR) 60 points
3 Michael Graver/Nicholas Graver (2020 BMW M340i) 86 points

Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye
1 Tyler Page/Ryan Sheehan (2007 Subaru WRX)
2 Anthony Seymour/Sandra Seymour( 2018 Lotus Exige) +08s
3 Stuart Collison/Lance Arundel (2006 Subaru WRX STi) +6:53s

24.04.2021

Further statement from Targa Australia

Saturday, 24th of April, 2021

Sadly there has been double fatality after a crash on the Cygnet stage of TARGA Tasmania.

A 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (Car 902) hit a tree 6.2 kilometres into the stage at approximately 11:45am this morning. 

Medical and emergency teams were immediately dispatched to attend the scene of the accident but were unable to revive both the driver Leigh Mundy, and co-driver Dennis Neagle, who died at the scene.

The stages were downgraded at 12:17pm to touring only and competitors returned to the finish at PW1 in Hobart.

Targa Australia CEO, Mark Perry, said:

“This has been a devastating few days for the Targa family.

Today our thoughts and deepest condolences go to Leigh and Dennis’ family and friends.

Both loved Targa and we knew them so well, which makes their passing so difficult for everyone in our community.

They will be sorely missed by us all.”

As this is now a coronial matter, there will be no further statement from Targa Australia.

24.04.2021

STATEMENT FROM TARGA AUSTRALIA

TARGA Tasmania confirms there has been a serious accident on the Cygnet Stage and Police have closed the road and are in attendance at the scene.

Further details will be released as available.

24.04.2021

TARGA Tasmania continues after tragic day

Targa Australia is deeply saddened to report a fatal crash on the Mt Arrowsmith stage on day 5 of TARGA Tasmania.

A 1979 Mazda RX-7 of Shane Navin and co-driver Glenn Evans crashed 35.4 kilometres into the stage at approximately 10am yesterday morning. 

Medical teams were immediately dispatched to attend the scene of the accident but were unable to revive Shane, who died at the scene.

Co-driver Glenn Evans, was assessed by the attending medical crew and cleared of injuries.

Targa Australia CEO, Mark Perry, said:

“This is a very sad time for the Targa community. Shane was a much loved and admired member of our Targa family. We send our heartfelt condolences to Shane’s family and friends on their loss.”

Targa organisers made the considered decision to continue with the event.

At the front of the field, Eddie Maguire edged closer to overall victory in TARGA Tasmania.

On the arrival of the field in Hobart, Maguire and co-driver Zak Brakey had a one minute 59 seconds lead.

Maguire claimed four of the day’s six timed stages with one day remaining.

Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler (2015 Nissan GT-R) took a big chunk out of the overall lead by topping the 52.51km Mount Arrowsmith stage before Maguire responded to top the final three stages of the day.

Trevor Macleod and Steve Glenney are two minutes and 51 seconds back in third overall.

Maguire and Brakey also lead the Dutton Garage GTO standings by the same margin from Kennard/Wheeler with Tony Quinn and Kate Catford third.

Macleod and Glenney have a decisive lead in Dutton Garage Early Modern 4. The pair are 14 minutes 59 seconds ahead.

In Dutton Garage Early Modern 2, Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (2004 BMW M3 CSL) hold a six minutes 56 second advantage.

Jon and Gina Siddins (1970 Datsun 240Z) have proved the class of the Shannons Classic GT field all week and go into the final day with a decent six minutes 18 second lead.

Ashley Yelds and Mary Hughes (1961 Volvo 122s) have gone further ahead in Shannons Classic Handicap after their nearest rivals Steve McClintock and Jann Skinner went off on the morning’s first stage (Strahan) in their 1972 BMW 2002. Peter and Sari Ullrich are second more than eleven minutes adrift.

The Classic Throttle Shop GT Production category has seen an epic battle with the lead chopping and changing. Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone (2016 Porsche Cayman GTS) finished the day with a one second lead over Stephen Maguire and Stuart Benson (2011 Mitsubishi Evo X).

Jack Waldron and Graham Mitchell look untouchable in Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy, leading the way in their 1981 Mitsubishi Sigma by 12 minutes and 5 seconds.

Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy remains a tight affair with Matthew Gibbens and Timothy Jurd leading by 54 seconds.

Another close battle continues in Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye with Tyler Page and Ryan Sheehan (2007 Subaru WRX S204) clutching an eight second lead over Tony and Sandra Seymour (2013 Lotus Exige).

Queenslanders Darryl and Peter Marshall have all but sewn-up the Budget TSD Trophy category in their 2002 Ford Pursuit Ute with 37point lead.

The 29th Targa Tasmania concludes today with a further eight stages before finishing back PW1 in Hobart around 1:30pm.

23.04.2021

Further Statement from TARGA Australia

There has been a fatal crash on the Mt Arrowsmith stage of TARGA Tasmania.
A 1979 Mazda RX7 rolled 35.4 kilometres into the stage at approximately 10am this morning. 
Medical teams were immediately dispatched to attend the scene of the accident but were unable to revive the driver, Shane Navin, who died at the scene.

The second occupant of the car, co-driver Glenn Evans, was assessed by the attending medical crew and has no injuries.

Targa Australia CEO, Mark Perry, said:
“This is a very sad time for the Targa community. Shane was a much loved and admired member of our Targa family. We send our heartfelt condolences to Shane’s family and friends on their loss.”
There will be no further statement from Targa Australia as this is now a coronial matter.

23.04.2021

TARGA Australia update

TARGA Tasmania confirms there has been a serious accident on the Mt Arrowsmith Stage and Police have closed the road and are in attendance at the scene.

Further details will be released when they become available.

22.04.2021

WHAT THEY SAID | DAY FOUR

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EDDIE MAGUIRE (leading Dutton Garage overall and GTO): “Today was great – a pretty relaxing day all up.

We’ve just been doing our thing and staying consistent.

We won every stage today except for Gunns Plains and Reece Dam.

The temperature on our tyres came up too much on that stage and we had to nurse them and back off a bit.

The weather so far has really helped our tyres.

They’re looking great – in fact, much better than I thought they would on Day Four, but there’s still long way to go.”

ANGUS KENNARD (second Dutton Garage overall and GTO): “Eddie’s got a great lead, but it’s a great fight for second, third, and fourth.

We haven’t given up trying to catch Eddie yet.

It’s such a long event and anything can happen, so you just have to keep going.

We are going really hard and not holding anything back at this stage.”

SHANE JACOBSON (Spirit of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy): “I’m absolutely loving it so far.

The best thing of all is that we’re still on the road and that’s one of the main objectives in an event like this.

We’re feeling like winners on every stage and still smiling.

We’re driving to the conditions, which I think is probably a wise thing.

We’re not trying to win a trophy – we’re just trying to get around.

I’m getting more confident with the car, but I’ve got someone in the left hand seat (navigator Naomi Tillett) keeping me in check.

When the red mist descends, she brings it back to amber for me.

DARRYL  MARSHALL (Budget TSD Trophy): “The change in Hellyer Gorge caught us out a little bit, as the finish line was moved and it threw our calculations out a bit, but to come through the day with only losing two points isn’t a bad result considering.

It was a much shorter stage and one we haven’t properly recced in the past.”

JACK WALDRON (Shannons Thoroughbred Trophy): “This is probably the biggest lead I’ve had on Day Four so far.

The car’s been really good, apart from a small electrical problem which is plaguing us at the moment.

I’m going to try a different alternator.

It’s fairly tough out there – it’s wet and slippery, but my car is easy to drive, so we’re enjoying it enormously.”

MATTHEW GIBBENS (Spiriti of Tasmania GT Sports Trophy): “We’re happy to be in the lead, but now we’re just trying to protect it for the next couple of days.

Hopefully tomorrow we will get some dry conditions.

We’ve been getting used to the car in the wet as well and winning some stages, but it’s safer and more predictable when it’s dry.”

TYLER PAGE (Spirit of Tasmania Rookie Rallye): “We inherited the lead from Tony (Seymour) when he copped a penalty today, so it was good for us.

We are still learning every day – we had never driven the car in the wet until The Sideling (Day Two).

It’s been a big learning curve and every day we’re just been getting faster and faster in the wet.

Tony’s penalty makes up for the time we lost in the wet early on, but now we’re got a real battle on our hands head to head with Tony.”

GINA SIDDINS (Shannons Classic GT): “I had a bit of a crack in a couple of stages today, which is why we may have lost a bit of time.

It was really good to be behind the wheel and Jon was pretty good on navigation – he’s a better driver though.

He’s always told me how to drive, but he’s been a great mentor with my racing.

Jon’s very happy with the lead we still have.”

ADAM KAPLAN (Dutton Garage Early Modern 2): “We’re surprised to be in front by as much as we are, because we’ve just been taking it relatively easy and having fun.

The car’s been brilliant with no issues whatsoever.

The only difficulty for us is trying to work out which suspension setting to use.

We’re happy with our progress so far.”

TREVOR MACLEOD (Dutton Garage Early Modern 4): “We’re happy to be leading our class after we had some issues with a computer fault which put the car in limp mode, but we think we’ve sorted it out.

We’ll keep pushing and maybe get ourselves back into an outright podium position as well.

ASHLEY YELDS (Shannons Classic): “We’ve had a few fuel problems today, but still managed to hang on to our lead.

This is a very competitive class, so we’re very conscious of needing to keep our pace going.

We’re not content with our gap at this stage, especially when someone can take 28 seconds off us in one stage.”

PETER NUNN (Classic Throttle Shop GT Production): “It’s unfortunate Ben had to head home, but Steve Maguire is making ground on us in leaps and bounds now.

He’s pulled a bit on us today, so it’s going to be a good battle.

Our car’s been better in the wet that it was yesterday after we made a few changes and gained some confidence along the way.”

STEVE MAGUIRE (GT Production): “We made a few suspension changes today and that gave us a bit more confidence in the wet.

We’re having a good battle with Peter Nunn.

He seems to be doing quite well in the dry and we’re not too bad in the wet.

Tuesday was the first time I’d ever driven in the wet in a tarmac rally, so it was quite challenging, but we’re having heaps of fun now.

I’ve done plenty of gravel rallying in the wet, but no tarmac.”

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