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Showroom – Jim scores another trophy

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.

The Porsche veteran took another eight seconds off Ford on TS16 and was suddenly out to a 44 second lead.

Richards and Ford completed the long Big River stage in the same time.

Ford was back on the job on TS18, taking two seconds from his rival, but found himself 42 seconds behind the master at lunch on day three.

Tristan Stirling-Cameron remained in third place, three minutes from the leader, but another three minutes clear of the fourth placed James Hallet.

Ford remained determined, taking nine seconds from Richards on the first stage after lunch, the 10.42 Skyline stage. Then again on TS20, it was another 10 seconds made up and with two stages to go the margin was back to 23 seconds.

More time was taken off Richards on TS21, Mt Terrible, leaving Ford 14 seconds behind with just Mt Buller to go.

The ask was too big, and Richards won by 11 seconds, putting another Targa trophy into a packed trophy cabinet.

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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