19 April 2024

TARGA has a fifteen year, and highly successful, relationship with Alpine Resorts Victoria, setting up the state’s first multi-stage tarmac rally, TARGA High Country, which ran successfully from 2010 to 2022 with over 180 crews taking part in each event, delivering more than $35million in economic return to the region.

Alpine Resorts Victoria remains a great partner for TARGA during difficult times. This relationship will enter a new phase in 2025 with TARGA announcing that it will hold its first ever TARGA Academy event at Mt. Buller from 31 January to 2 February 2025, as part of a three-year deal to hold TARGA events at Mt. Buller, which will also see the exciting return of TARGA High Country in its traditional time slot of 15 to 17 November 2025.

TARGA CEO, Mark Perry said “Mt. Buller and the High Country region holds a special place in the history of TARGA, being the first of our mainland events. It is a difficult time and the impact of us not attending the region since February 2022 has been felt far and wide, so it is very exciting for us to return next February with the key lead in event to TARGA Tasmania.”

“With the planned return of TARGA Tasmania on 28 April 2025, after a three-year hiatus, it is important to provide additional opportunities for competitors to attend an Academy event, particularly for those competitors who cannot take the extra time off to arrive three days before each TARGA event starts.”

“Mt. Buller provides us with everything we need in having excellent teaching facilities, great accommodation and of course the best mountain road in the country to enable us to provide our Academy program designed to further mitigate risk at future events.”

Alpine Resorts Victoria’s CEO, Amber Gardner, said Mt Buller was thrilled to welcome back TARGA in 2025.

“TARGA has been an important part of our summer calendar for more than a decade, attracting thousands of visitors to the mountain and district.

“We are excited to host the first TARGA Academy and look forward to the TARGA High Country event returning in November 2025.”

Naturally, any event still needs to be fun and engaging for all those in attendance and whilst competitors will spend some suitable time in the classroom on Friday 31 January, the weekend will see on course practice sessions on the Saturday afternoon before the running of the TARGA Academy Sprint on the Sunday, giving all competitors in attendance a great opportunity to fully prepare themselves and their vehicles for the return of TARGA events throughout 2025.

Further details and the opening of entries will be advised in due course.