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Roe sets cracking pace in winning Early Modern

Alan Roe was never really challenged on his way to victory in the Early Modern competition. He lead by over a minute after day one, then extended his throughout.

Alan Roe was never really challenged on his way to victory in the Early Modern competition. He lead by over a minute after day one, then extended his throughout.

With the experienced Steve Glenney in the co-driver’s seat and no doubt giving driving advice as well, Roe drove his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5 brilliantly.

“I’m pretty excited. It was unexpected, and we would have been happy with a top 10 finish,” Roe said.

“We had a ball driving on these roads, and the car was pretty faultless. We would highly recommend anyone who wants to drive these roads fast to come up here to Targa High Country.”

Incredibly, Roe’s overall time for the event was nine seconds faster than the Showroom winner, Matt Close, in a brand new Porsche that is 15 years newer.

While Roe did his thing at the top of the order, Liam Howarth and Mark Balcombe had a ding-dong battle for second place.

Howarth had his Nissan Skyline GTR in front after day two, but the Mazda RX7 of Balcombe bounced back on the final day, setting a cracking pace.

In the end, Balcombe held his nerve and took second place by 35 seconds.

Fourth place went to Tristan Catford in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, while the top five was rounded out be regular Targa competitor Tim Hendy in his Nissan Skyline GTR.


  1. Alan Roe / Steve Glenney, 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5
  2. Mark Balcombe / Brian Foster 1995 Mazda RX7 SP, +2m22s
  3. Liam Howarth / Larry Howarth, 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR, +2m57s

Christmas Closure Dates

Targa Australia Offices will be closed from Friday 21st December, 2018 and re-opening Monday 7th January, 2019.

2018 was a very big year for the Targa family, a year that included our first brand new event since 2010 in Targa Great Barrier Reef, which was a massive success in its first year. 

We would like to wish all of our loyal customers, sponsors and officials a very joyous and safe Christmas and New Year period.

We look forward to seeing you all at a Targa Australia event in 2019.

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Plenty of Surprises in 2018 CAMS Australian Targa Championship

With more competitors than any other national motorsport championship, the CAMS Australian Targa Championship is tough to win, no matter which competition you take part in.

The recent running of Targa High Country saw the winners crowned and a fun filled casual dinner on top of Mt. Buller, where MC, Glenn Ridge had the capacity crowd in stitches of laughter.

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Targa North West Tour 2019

For the first time, a Targa Tour will be held at Targa North West. It is a fantastic way to take part in a Targa event without all the preparation and pressure of competing. 

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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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