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New competitions make Targa debut

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.
Ben Newman and the Jaguar impressed on day one
Newman, behind the wheel of the latest model Jaguar F-Type Coupe R, showed his class across the first six stages of the event on the road to Euroa and back to Mt Buller.

Along with his regular co-driver, Crichton Lewis, the experienced pair was quickest on all but the final stage of the day, ensuring a memorable day on the car’s competitive debut.

Martin and Angela Farkas took the honours on the run up Mt Buller in their 2001 BMW M3 to end the day showing they are full of fight with two days remaining.

They are well clear of the third placed combination of Shane and Ashley Nevin, who are 36 seconds further back in their 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo.

In the other class making a competition debut, the Thoroughbred Trophy, Keith and Karl Brooke have established a lead of 56 seconds from their nearest rival in their 1980 Porsche 911.

Derek Jones and Joel Guest are in second place, their 1972 Datsun 240Z enjoying a day in the Victorian countryside.

Two more days remain, and while both competitions have provided plenty of interest on their debut in Targa, its seems way to early to write the final story, with a further 200 competitive kilometres waiting for both car and crew before the finish on Mt Buller on Sunday.

Here Are The Top Five Reasons To Not Do A Targa Rally

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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