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GT2 set to be a Close call at Targa Tasmania

For a man who was a late starter to the world of racing, ironically due to a career at sea working on oil tankers, Matt Close has achieved much success in his 20-year motorsport career.

Close is the defending Targa Tasmania GT2 champion and is predicting a close contest when Targa Tasmania gets underway on Monday
Tasmanian stars Jason and John White in their Dodge Viper, along with Tony Quinn and Naomi Tillett in their Porsche GT3 RS and last year’s runners up Michael Pritchard and Gary Mourant, also in a Dodge Viper, are considered the biggest threats, however Close will also be keeping a keen eye on a couple of locals – Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone.

“I've got my eye on a smoky if the event turns up a lot of wet roads - Pete Nunn and Keith Johnstone in a new Porsche Cayman GTS will be hard to match with the softer rubber they can run. It's a very smart combination, and Pete is a gun driver and won't hang around if he gets his conditions,” Close said.

Last year, Close and co-driver Cameron Reeves took out the GT2 class in a 2015 Porsche GT3. This year, the defending champions will be competing in a 4.0 litre 2017 Porsche GT3 RS, however, they haven’t had a lot of time to familiarise themselves with the vehicle.

“We were offered an incredible opportunity by Porsche Australia; we took delivery of the car on April 3rd,” Close said.

“I’ve done 250kms of highway driving in it,” Close added. “I’m on a very steep learning curve when we start next week.”

“Cameron (Reeves) hasn’t even seen the car. I’m sure he thinks it’s all just a joke and I’m bringing the red GT3,” Close said.

This will be Close’s 13th Targa Tasmania and he says there is one simple reason he keeps returning.

“It’s driving those awesome roads in Tasmania,” he said. “It’s like racing 40 different race tracks in one week.

“Also, the friendships you develop over the years with other competitors, organisers and volunteers is important. I missed Targa in 2015 and I was not a happy camper; I actually had to fly down for the finish to feel a part of it,” Close added.

Close started racing in the late 1990’s, competing in a 1997 Subaru WRX, a move that didn’t amuse his boss at the time.

“I started hill climbing in my company car, and after winning the Collingrove Australian Hillclimb Championship I was encouraged to buy a dedicated race car after that,” Close said.

As for the best driver he has seen?

“I think I speak for many Tarmac competitors here – Jim Richards. He has won so many races in so many different disciplines; it’s hard to compare anyone else to that,” Close said.

Featuring 35 stages, Targa Tasmania gets underway this Monday, 24th April and runs for six days, finishing on the Hobart waterfront at PW1 at lunchtime on Saturday, 29th April.

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Version one of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship Technical Regulations 2018-2019 are now available under Technical Regulations on our website, or through your console if you have entered for Targa Tasmania 2018 or Targa North West 2018. 



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Targa High Country Early Bird Closes 30 June


With the end of financial year approaching, take advantage of the Targa High Country Early Bird offers and save up to $400.

Targa High Country 2017 is set to give you all the tight corners, long sweepers, tyre frying, brake burning thrills a Targa Tarmac Rally can offer for the eighth year running. 

Boasting one of the most exciting hill climb stages in the country, with two runs up Mt. Buller, Targa High Country offers over 230kms of competitive stages across three massive days, including Australia’s 2nd LONGEST Tarmac Rally Stage, the new for 2017, 48 kilometre Jamieson Stage, which will be a real test for all competitors.  

All of this action will start and finish at the pinnacle of the Victorian High Country, the stunning Mt Buller. Just three hours from Melbourne, Targa High Country is not only great value for money, but highly accessible. 

Targa High Country comprises seven competitions as well as a Touring option, so whether you are looking for a serious Tarmac challenge in a fully prepared Tarmac Rally car or simply wish to make your dreams come true, and enjoy driving your pride and joy in a privileged closed road environment, we have you covered. 

Take a look at a snippet of what to expect from our Day 3 Highlights from 2016 produced by Otherside Productions 

 To enter now Click Here 
Secure your Early Bird entry with a minimum deposit of just $500 before 30th of June

For further information contact: Alice McKenzie on 03 6221 8888 or email alice@targa.com.au



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Targa Tasmania 2017 TV Show Dates & Times


This year we are excited to announce the Targa Tasmania television show, back on a Primary Free to Air Station. 

Tune into Channel 9 in your state, 

Filmed for the first time by Otherside Productions 



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CAMS Australian Targa Championship Technical Regulations 2018 & 2019


CAMS Australian Targa Championship Technical Regulations 2018 & 2019 Now available under Competition Regulations.

Or download your copy HERE

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