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Young navigator to take on the field in Targa High Country rally this November

At 14 years of age, Heather Brumby will most likely be one of the youngest ever people to contest a competitive category of a Targa Australia event. 

The Year Nine MacKillop College student from Wattle Flat, north of Bathurst will be navigating her father’s 1999 Alfa Romeo GTV in November’s Targa High Country, which is conducted in and around the Victorian ski resort town of Mt Buller. 

It won’t be her first taste of competitive rallying though. Heather started navigating for her father, Steve, in competitive navigational rallying events even before she was eligible to hold a Confederation of Australian Motorsport licence. “You need to be twelve years old to hold a CAMS junior competition licence” said father, Steve, “so she competed in social categories till then. On her twelfth birthday, she applied for her motorsport licence and hasn’t looked back since”. 

Heather regularly drives in motorkhana events in her Datsun 180B rally car and is a stalwart navigator in Classic Rally Club rallies in her father’s classic 1977 Alfa Romeo. Heather say’s “navigational rallying is old school and pretty hard work. It’s conducted on open roads and you need to find the correct route from A to B to C having been given a map and some cryptic instructions. When you get it right it’s pretty awesome” 

And Heather seems to get it right most of the time. Last year, at just 13 years of age she managed to navigate herself into second position in the club championship for the apprentice category, defeating many highly experienced navigators. Earlier this year she also competed in the Historic Rally Club of NSW and ACT’s inaugural event, The Southern Mountains Trial (Revisited), a Touring Road Event on the style of rallying in the ‘60s. This long-distance rally provided Heather her first experience of closed road stages, like those she will experience on Targa High Country. 

Although ordinarily not eligible to compete in Targa events until reaching 16 years of age, Heather has been granted a waiver by CAMS enabling her to enter. Targa Australia Director Mark Perry said that “although the decision to allow Heather to compete was for CAMS to make, it was clear that she had already gained a significant amount of motorsport experience and this would prepare her well to participate in our event. We are certainly looking forward to seeing her do well”. 

Heather will compete in Targa High Country over 10 – 12 November 17 in the speed limited “Time-Speed-Distance” TSD category. 

More information on the team can be found by searching Many Hands Motorsport on Facebook. 

Released by Many Hands Motorsport 7 Sep 17 – Contact 0456 229 301


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