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Vandenberg late starter for High Country

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.
Vandenberg and Sims at Targa Tasmania
Vandenberg, who will again be behind the wheel of the 2013 Nissan GT-R that he took to victory in Tasmania in May, has moved to favourite status in the Modern competition.

The car belongs to Dennis Sims, his co-driver at Targa Tasmania. However, Dennis’ son, Matt, was scheduled to drive it at High Country, but his work commitments lead to Vandenberg getting a late call to help.

Vandenberg’s appearance on the start list means the modern section looks set for a battle royal, with the winner of January’s Targa Wrest Point, Mathew Rickards also in action at this event, driving his 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.

Vandenberg and Sims nursed their Nisan GT-R home to victory at Targa Tasmania, a chronically sick engine constantly threatening to end their run to the finish line and their dream of winning the event.

They made it, just, but the team has had to do major work on the car to prepare it for this event.

“The call only came yesterday to see if I could drive the car this weekend, and I jumped at it,” Vandenberg said.

“The guys have rebuilt the car with a new engine and a new gearbox, and it is now all ready to go.

“I’ve not been behind the wheel of the car since May, so I’ll get used to it again tomorrow and see how we go from there.”

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5. You will become addicted

This is another big gap in the documentation from Targa Australia, nowhere does it warn you about this and it will be hard for many to avoid. Although, once you get a taste for the amazing twisty closed roads, being part of a large motorsport event, drooling over lots of cars, getting sore cheeks from smiling too much and getting that little taste of what race drivers get to enjoy….you will most likely become addicted and want to do it again. You’ve been warned!
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The Porsche Targa High Country Tour in a 718 Cayman GTS

Sports cars are designed to be driven hard. Foot to the floor, tyres gripping, the engine singing, and you don’t even glance at the speedometer. Try doing that on a public road, though, and say goodbye to your car and licence. But what if you could do all that legally? The Targa Australia rally series is just that.

CarAdvice was invited to the Porsche Targa High Country Tour this year to drive the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS around Mount Buller, Mansfield, and Eildon over three days.


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Now available for FREE Download: Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018 TV Show

Just over 2 months ago, we successfully completed the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef and now is your chance to re-live the event. The full Channel 9 TV Show is now available for FREE download & unlimited streaming to all devices.


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Targa Great Barrier Reef 2019 Early Bird closing soon *NOW CLOSED*

With our 200th entry just received, 2019 is looking at being bigger & better than 2018! The field will again be capped, so make sure you don’t miss out on being a part of all the excitement next year.


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