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Following the traditional warm-up at Symmons Plains, the cars are now ready for action for the 25th running of Targa Tasmania.
Jason White experienced a few technical issues today at Symmons, but should be ready for action on Monday
It was a mild and very windy day that greeted competitors and enthusiasts for the Hot Laps, but no rain, and none is forecast across the first three days of competition.

But as Barry Oliver pointed out at the Hot Laps sponsor function, he’s stopped looking at the weather forecasts these days. The only approach, he says, is to take each day as it comes because things on the island state at this time of the year can change very quickly indeed.

Day One of 2016 Targa Tasmania gets underway at the Tasmanian Country Club tomorrow morning.

Leading the field way in the Flag Car is Greg Crick and co-driver Greg Preece. The duo will drive a replica of the Honda NSX that took them to victory in 1992 and 1993. 

Once the cars have been flagged away they will tackle three stages, all basically good warm-ups, before heading to the traditional street stage in George Town.

Given the enormous build-up the local media have given Targa this year, a big crowd is expected to come out to cheer the cars and competitors on.

Competitors will gather for the official welcome tonight (Sunday) and while for many it will be about catching up and telling tall tales, for the organisers their minds won’t drift far from what lies ahead.

It’s a huge logistical and operational challenge running an event that takes in nearly 2000 kilometres and the majority of local councils on the island state.

But Targa Director, Mark Perry, is fired up about the coming week because of what it brings to so many people.

“The event has a life because it continues to fulfill people dreams,” Perry said. “It gives people the opportunity to do something unique in the world. It’s unique because of the combination of what Tasmanian has to offer and the acceptance it has achieved. The reason the event has survived this long is because of the goodwill of Tasmania – the officials and fans who allow this to happen every year.

“While we celebrate Geoff Taylor as the one competitor who has lining up for his 25th Targa Tasmania, we are also celebrating the 18 officials doing their 25th as well. They make it happen. They make it real.

“It’s gets into people’s blood and is now part of Tasmania’s DNA. It has become an icon for the state – part of our culture. “

Good luck to all involved in Targa Tasmania across the coming week. Yes, to all 382 cars – a record field in this Silver Anniversary event.

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