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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