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White wins third High Country, Stokell and Bray CAMS titles

11-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

Tasmanians Jason and John White have dominated the field at Targa High Country to take the outright victory after three days of testing competition on the roads around Mt Buller and Mansfield.

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What they said - Day 3 driver quotes

11-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

Lots of happy people at the end of Targa High Country - happy to talk to our reporter. It seems like it was a great day out on the roads and the end to a wonderful year of Targa.

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White eyes High Country outright title

10-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

The Tasmanian combination of Jason and John White have completed another strong day at Targa High Country to build a handy 35 second lead with just one day remaining at the Mt Buller-based event.

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What they said - driver quotes from Day 2

10-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

Our field reporter caught up with some of the drivers at the end of a busy day.

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More of what they said - Day 2

10-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

It took a while but we caught up with a few more class-leaders after the running of Day 2 of Targa High Country. Like us, they are looking forward to the final day action.

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Countdown for Targa High Country start

09-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

Final course checks have been completed on the eve of Targa High Country conducted around the Victorian alpine region at Mount Buller from November 9 to 11.

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Targa High Country opens with tense White, Close battle

09-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

Prolific tarmac rally winners Jason and John White are holding a slender lead after an enthralling tussle on the opening day of Targa High Country.

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What they said - driver quotes from Day 1

09-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

Targa’s media team tracked down some competitors for comments after the first day of Targa High Country.

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Howarth completes intense preparation for High Country

08-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

Liam Howarth remains upbeat about clinching the Early Modern crown as the maiden CAMS Australian Targa Championship reaches its conclusion at Targa High Country from November 9 to 11.

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Gluskie concedes Shannons Classic title unlikely

06-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

BMW driver Peter Gluskie says he would feel guilty if he managed to snare a shock win in the Shannons Classic outright component of the Australian CAMS Targa Championship.

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Stokell primed for Championship finale

04-Nov-2018  Ian Chesterman

Paul Stokell will take a measured approach going into Targa High Country from November 9 to 11, that will decide the inaugural CAMS Australian Targa Championship.

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Course tweaks for ninth running of Targa High Country

26-Oct-2018  Ian Chesterman

Changes to the route structure for the ninth running of Targa High Country based in Victoria’s north-east, from November 9 to 11 are likely to remain intact for the immediate future.

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White claims historic Targa Great Barrier Reef win

03-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Dodge Viper pair Jason and John White completed a dominant outright victory at the maiden Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally in Tropical North Queensland.

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Marshalls on cusp of taking TSD Trophy title

03-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Darryl and Peter Marshall remain the crew to beat in the TSD Trophy class as the CAMS Australian Targa Championship nears its conclusion.

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Championship chase heads to the final round

02-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

The battle for the top two CAMS Australian Targa Championship driver’s titles is taking shape after the running of Targa Great Barrier Reef, the third round in the four-round series.

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Yelds prevails in Shannons Classic Handicap nailbiter

02-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Volvo man Ashley Yelds and co-driver Charlie Hughes survived a gruelling run to win the Shannons Classic Handicap class at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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What the drivers said

02-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

The Targa media team caught up with some of the competitors after three awesome days of competition.

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White eyes victory at Targa Great Barrier Reef

01-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Tasmanian Jason White has completed another invincible display to head into the final day of the Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally armed with a crucial buffer.

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What they said – the leaders on Day 2

01-Sep-2018  Ian Chesterman

Our Targa reporter caught up with some of the leading drivers from across the classes at the end of Day 2 of Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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White clutches slender lead on opening day

31-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Tasmanian Jason White has taken the honours on the opening day of competition at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally based in Cairns.

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Crews finalise preparations as Targa Great Barrier Reef start looms

30-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Australia’s topline tarmac rally racers are touching off final preparations for the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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Natalie Gardiner set to fly female flag at Targa Great Barrier Reef

30-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Newcastle’s Natalie Gardiner is unperturbed about being the only female driver in the competition section of Australia’s newest tarmac rally, Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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Stokell charged to maintain Targa points push

30-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Queenslander Paul Stokell and new Kiwi co-driver Malcolm Read are looking forward to continuing their climb on the points table when the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef starts tomorrow.

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Oldest car rebuilt for Targa Great Barrier Reef

20-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

The oldest car among the 200-plus entries for Targa Great Barrier Reef has been painstakingly rebuilt for the maiden event that will showcase Tropical North Queensland.

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White braces for tough challenge

15-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Ace pair Jason and John White are bracing for their toughest challenge yet at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland.

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Targa campaigner ready for tropical test

13-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Highly experienced tarmac rally entrant David Watson is itching to ease back into the driver’s seat at the exciting new Targa Great Barrier Reef competition in tropical North Queensland.

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Bray to adopt cautious approach

10-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

CAMS Australia Targa Championship Classic GT points leader Michael Bray hopes to extend his winning run in his class at the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef.

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Crews accelerate preparations

07-Aug-2018  Ian Chesterman

Competitors are touching off intricate reconnaissance runs in the lead up to Targa Great Barrier Reef from August 31-September 2.

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Whites secure seventh Targa Tasmania victory

21-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Jason and John White have withstood ailing tyres to produce a stunning victory in Australia’s showpiece tarmac rally, Targa Tasmania.

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What every class winner had to say

21-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

What the winners said …

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What they said - Day 5

20-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Our in-field reporter caught up with a few of the drivers at the end of Day 5. See what they had to say.

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Targa set for cliffhanger finish as Close cuts lead

20-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Matt Close has set-up the prospect of a grandstand finish after chopping into the advantage of Jason White following an intense battle on the penultimate day of Targa Tasmania.

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What they said - Day 4 quotes

19-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Our infield reporter was at the end of Day 4 to chat to a few of the drivers. See what they had to say.

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Close refuses to wave white flag

19-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Porsche flyer Matt Close remains upbeat about his chances of reeling in the tearaway Dodge Viper of Jason White with two days of Targa Tasmania remaining.

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White gets Close attention on Day 3

18-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Jason and John White continue to resist the challengers with another stoic display to lead Targa Tasmania after Day 3.

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Some competitor quotes from Day 3

18-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Our in-field reporter caught up with a number of competitors at the start of Rossarden. Have a read of what they said.

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Whites squeeze out advantage after Day 2

17-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Jason and John White have put on a dynamic display to increase their edge over the field in the overall battle after the second day of Targa Tasmania.

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Sutcliffe and Mitchell lead Early Modern

17-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

The Dutton’s Garage Early Modern competition has seen an intriguing battle on day two of Targa Tasmania, with the leading drivers jostling for position over the six stages and 75 competitive kilometres.

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Class wraps - Day 2 at Targa

17-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

We look at many of the different classes after day at Targa Tasmania

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Quotes from Day 2

17-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Our intrepid infield reporter caught up with a number of competitors before the start of Mt Roland. Read on to find out what they throat about their day.

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Whites take Targa Tasmania overall lead after Day 1

16-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

Reigning Targa champions Jason and John White have taken an early overall lead after the opening three stages of Targa Tasmania.

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Targa Tasmania Takes on extra significance in 2018

12-Apr-2018  Ian Chesterman

The 27th edition of Targa Tasmania will take on extra significance this year as it also represents round two of the newly formed 2018 CAMS Australian Targa Championship.

The Championship comprises four events - Targa North West, which was held in February, Targa Tasmania, Targa High Country in Victoria and a brand new event, Targa Great Barrier Reef, which will be held in Cairns from August 31 to September 2.

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Drivers Quotes - Day 5

28-Apr-2017  Ian Chesterman

Here are a selection of quotes from some of our drivers following Day 5 of Targa Tasmania.

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Drivers Quotes - Day 4

27-Apr-2017  Ian Chesterman

Here are quotes from some of our leading drivers after Day 4 of this year's Targa Tasmania.

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Drivers Quotes - Day 3

26-Apr-2017  Ian Chesterman

Here are quotes from some of our leading drivers after Day 3 of this year's Targa Tasmania.

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Day Two heads to George Town

26-Apr-2017  Ian Chesterman

Day two of Targa Tasmania heads to George Town this afternoon for the Super Stage, one of the most popular stages of the event.

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Drivers quotes - Day 2

25-Apr-2017  Ian Chesterman

Here are quotes from some of our leading drivers after Day 2.

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White remains on top after Day 2

25-Apr-2017  Ian Chesterman

After a hectic opening day that took the Targa Tasmania field from Launceston to St Helens and back, day two of the epic rally was the event’s shortest, with just a quick sprint around the streets of George Town in the state’s north.

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Winners celebrate at Targa High Country

06-Nov-2016  Ian Chesterman

Victorian Matt Close has taken his Porsche GT3 to outright victory and GT2 competition honours at Targa High Country, which finished at the top of Mt Buller late today.

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Targa High Country kicks off

04-Nov-2016  Ian Chesterman

Reigning Champion, Matt Close, is the outright leader of Targa High Country after the opening day of competition of the three-day rally in Victoria’s North East.

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Winners crowned in 25th Targa Tasmania

16-Apr-2016  Ian Chesterman

Matt Close has won Targa Tasmania for the first time, winning the 25th anniversary event by an emphatic margin of six minutes and 41 seconds in the premier GT2 class.

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Day 4 proves a testing Targa day

14-Apr-2016  Ian Chesterman

The Dodge Viper of Jason White holds a narrow 10 advantage in the GT2 competition after the run from Burnie to Strahan on the fourth day of Targa Tasmania 2016.

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What some had to say on Day 3

13-Apr-2016  Ian Chesterman

Our in-field reporter Martin Agatyn was on the job again today, catching up with some of the competitors and getting the stories straight from the drivers' mouths.

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Action galore on the road to Burnie

13-Apr-2016  Ian Chesterman

Devonport’s Jason White leads the GT2 category of 25th running of Targa Tasmania after an enthralling day of competition, which saw the lead swap on more than one occasion.

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Classic battles on Day 2 of Targa

12-Apr-2016  Ian Chesterman

Melbourne driver, Matt Close, leads the GT2 class in the 25th running of Targa Tasmania after seeing off the challenge of reigning champion, Jason White, on day two of the six day event.

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Close leads GT2 after day of drama

11-Apr-2016  Ian Chesterman

The opening day of the 25th running of Targa Tasmania saw high drama, with five-time champion Jason White copping a 60-second penalty on the very first stage, leaving him 57 seconds off the lead of the prestigious GT2 class at the end of the opening day of the six-day enduro.

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What some had to say at the end of Day 1

11-Apr-2016  Ian Chesterman

Our in-field reporter caught up with a number of competitors in George Town today after the first of six fund days of Targa Tasmania.

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Let's get this Targa happening!

10-Apr-2016  Ian Chesterman

Following the traditional warm-up at Symmons Plains, the cars are now ready for action for the 25th running of Targa Tasmania.

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Matt moves closer to High Country win

07-Nov-2015  Ian Chesterman

Victorian Matt Close has put his stamp of authority on Targa High Country, dominating the second day of the event in his 2015 Porsche GT3.

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Trevarthen and Brooke have strong leads

07-Nov-2015  Ian Chesterman

Daniel Trevarthen and co-driver Chris Ward, driving a 2006 Holden Commodore SS, have dominated the Sports Trophy competition on Day 2 action.

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Statement by Targa Australia

06-Nov-2015  Ian Chesterman

Targa Australia, the organisers of Targa High Country, are deeply saddened by the loss of competitor Richard Davis, who passed away at Mt Buller this afternoon (November 6) having earlier completed the opening day of the event.

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Sixth Targa High Country ready to roar

05-Nov-2015  Ian Chesterman

Over 200 sports and classic cars will take to the roads of north-east Victoria this weekend when the sixth instalment of Targa High Country roars into action.

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Ullrichs win Early Classic

02-May-2015  Ian Chesterman

Peter and Sari Ullrich from New South Wales, driving the eye catching 1963 Jensen CV8, has led from start to finish to take out the Early Classic Handicap at Targa Tasmania.

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TSD a hot contest

02-May-2015  Ian Chesterman

In one of the most keenly fought and competitive sections of this year’s Targa, Alan & Heather Gluyas have taken out the title in their 2012 Toyota 86 GTS.

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Finally, Targa is good to go

26-Apr-2015  Ian Chesterman

Targa Tasmania roars into action on Monday with Day One certain to produce another spectacular days racing with four stages to be fought out climaxing with the George Town street stage.

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21 years and still going strong

25-Apr-2015  Ian Chesterman

Few Targa Tasmania competitors could match the commitment of Devonport’s Drew Kent.

Drew will line up next week for his 21st crack at the event – a remarkable record when you consider Targa Tasmania has only been going for 24 years.

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Sports Trophy puts the fun in Targa for Pisko

24-Apr-2015  Ian Chesterman

Hobart’s Peter Pisko will be aiming to break his Targa duck in next week’s Budget Sports Trophy section of the event.

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Targa’s early classic cars are head-turners

22-Apr-2015  Ian Chesterman

The field for this year’s Targa Tasmania Shannons Early Classic competition will bring memories flooding back for automotive enthusiasts.

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Targa remains Glenn's 'Event of the Century'

21-Apr-2015  Ian Chesterman

The lure of competing in Targa Tasmania and driving on brilliant roads in a competition vehicle is the common theme among Targa competitors, whether they be motor mechanics, plumbers, business owners or, in the case of Glenn Ridge, a television and radio personality.

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Redback Racing to make history at Targa

20-Apr-2015  Ian Chesterman

The Redback Racing pairing of Adam Spence and Erin Kelly are set to make history in this year’s Targa Tasmania. They will be the first race team to run their Nissan R35 GTR with a one piece, full carbon fibre wheel set, produced by Australian company Carbon Revolution.

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Targa excitement building in TSD category

19-Apr-2015  Ian Chesterman

One of the fastest growing categories in tarmac road rallying around the world is TSD – and it’s the same case for Targa Tasmania.

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Performance cars of old face Targa showdown

14-Apr-2015  Ian Chesterman

Many of them were once the performance cars motoring enthusiasts dreamed of owning, and now, with the passing of time, they’ve become more affordable and part of one of Targa Tasmania’s most popular categories - Early Modern.

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Targafest a first for Hobart in 2015

11-Mar-2015  Ian Chesterman

Targa Tasmania’s commitment to Hobart continues to expand with the announcement that the state capital will now host Targafest on Friday, May 1, the penultimate eve of the six-day classic tarmac rally.

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Rookies take the prizes at new Targa

07-Feb-2015  Ian Chesterman

The inaugural Targa Hellyer Gorge has been a battle of the rookie drivers, with the first time Targa entrant Gippsland’s Brent Coleman taking the modern rookie honours, Tasmanian Steve Maguire was the Early Modern winner and Melbourne’s Peter Gluskie the quickest of the classic car novices.

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Showroom – Jim scores another trophy

09-Nov-2014  Ian Chesterman

In Showroom class, Day 2 ended with the margin between Neill Ford and Jim Richards at 10 seconds, but within 600 metres of the start line on Day 3 everything had changed – Ford had a moment, lost 46 seconds on the stage and suddenly Richards had clean air out in front.

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Regular pair assisting others

08-Nov-2014  Ian Chesterman

A regular combination at Targa and other rally events over a long period of time has been the pairing of Steve Glenney and Bernie Webb. With Steve behind the wheel and Bernie calling the notes, they have experienced great success over the years.

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Tasmanians thrive in hot conditions

08-Nov-2014  Ian Chesterman

Two Tasmanians have dominated the second day of competition at Targa High Country, thriving in the sweltering conditions as the field tackled 73 competitive kilometres on day two of Targa High Country.

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Class action - day 2 at High Country

08-Nov-2014  Ian Chesterman

Check out all the action - class by class - from Day 2 at Targa High Country, where the action was hot in and car, and out.

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New competitions make Targa debut

07-Nov-2014  Ian Chesterman

Launceston’s Ben Newman, leads the way in the inaugural Sports Trophy competition at Targa High Country, spending the opening day of the three day event creating a handy one minute 11 second buffer over his nearest rival, Martin Farkas.

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Vandenberg late starter for High Country

06-Nov-2014  Ian Chesterman

Targa Tasmania winner, Jamie Vandenberg, is a last minute entry into this weekend’s Targa High Country, which gets underway at Mt Buller on Friday morning.

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Targa High Country expands format for 2014

20-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Targa High Country, Victoria’s premier tarmac rally, will be expanded in 2014, providing competitors with another day of competition and more stages than its historical two-day format.

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Targa Adelaide off calendar for 2014

19-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

The new owner of Targa Adelaide has postponed the next running of the tarmac rally until 2015 while it reviews its business plan and operations.

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CAMS Australian Targa Championship winners

14-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

The results of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship were announced on Monday Night at the official Targa Tasmania dinner in Hobart.

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Day of drama ends Targa Tasmania

11-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Burnie driver, Jamie Vandenberg, has held on across a dramatic final day to win his first Targa Tasmania modern title.

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Showroom wrap - end of 5

11-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

When you’re competing against the likes of motorsport champion Jim Richards in your category, Michael Minshall probably wasn’t contemplating claiming the RDA Brakes Showroom Sports category title.

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Classics – day 5 wrap

11-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Barry Faux and Therezia Mihajilovic have snared victory in the Shannons Late Classic handicap after a vigorous final day’s race to Hobart.

Racing in a 1985 RX-7, Faux built on his overnight lead to convincingly beat Steve McClintock also in an RX-7.

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Modern - Muscle and Early - Day 5 wrap

11-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Liam and Larry Howarth are celebrating finishing on top of the podium by claiming a decisive win in the RDA Brakes Early Modern category.

Tactically, the pair raced conservatively on the final day to protect the lead they secured on day four when they surged from fifth into first.

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Friths take Regularity - again

11-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Philip and David Frith have claimed back-to-back titles in the increasingly popular Regularity category of Targa Tasmania.

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Catch the action from the Day 5 News Package

11-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

All the highlights from Day 5 of Targa Tasmania

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Glenney out of Modern

10-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Overnight modern leaders, Steve Glenney and Bernie Webb have been forced to withdraw their Nissan GT-R from Targa Tasmania after failing to fix a gearbox problem overnight.

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Day 3 news story

10-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Action from day 3 captured by Southern Cross

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One of Targa’s toughest tests

10-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

The fourth day of Targa Tasmania is renowned for producing drama, a reminder that the event is a test of endurance as much as speed. In 2014, ‘Super Saturday’ was one of the more dramatic in the event’s 23-year history.

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Classics wrap - Leg 4

10-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Late Classics leader Leigh Achterberg has crashed out on day four with the title expected to come down to the wire on the final day given just four seconds separates the new top two contenders.

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Early modern/Modern Muscle – Leg 4 wrap

10-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Category favourite Ben Manion relinquished his lead in the RDA brakes Early Modern category after suffering mechanical problems early on day four.

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Showroom wrap - Leg 4

10-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Day four and the atrocious wet conditions saw an end to racing car veteran Jim Richards’ bid to claim victory in a new category.

Richards and co-driver Barry Oliver crashed out on TS28 Riana.

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Regularity wrap – Leg 4

10-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

The Frith team has maintained composure to stay in top spot on day four of the regularity category but the notorious Riana stage claimed second placed Darryl Marshall.

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News package from Day 4

10-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Day Four news package sent around Australia

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TV news package from Thursday

09-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Check out the action that went out to TV stations on Thursday May 8.

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Late day three action increases tension

09-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

Across the first seven stages on day three of Targa Tasmania, on the run from Launceston to Strahan, nothing could separate the front two runners in the battle for modern honours.

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Regularity wrap – day three

09-May-2014  Ian Chesterman

For a team not even going to enter, you’d think you’d be happy in third place in the regularity category, but Jeff Beable just reckons he’s getting confused. He shouldn’t – it’s his 21st Targa Tasmania.

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