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Targa Tasmania Takes on extra significance in 2018

The 27th edition of Targa Tasmania will take on extra significance this year as it also represents round two of the newly formed 2018 CAMS Australian Targa Championship. 


The Championship comprises four events - Targa North West, which was held in February, Targa Tasmania, Targa High Country in Victoria and a brand new event, Targa Great Barrier Reef, which will be held in Cairns from August 31 to September 2.


Leading the Overall standings after Targa Northwest are Steve Glenney and Andy Sarandis, driving a 2015 Subaru WRX STI, and the experienced pair will be looking to maintain their advantage.


Competing in GT4 class, they’ll be keeping a close eye on six-time Targa Tasmania winners, and defending champions, Jason and John White in a Dodge Viper Extreme.


The White’s car suffered mechanical issues on the opening day at Targa North West which put them out of contention at the February event.


Over 200 cars will tackle the 2,000 kilometre Targa Tasmania course, which comprises of 33 competitive stages over six days. Once again cars from across the years will be in action, offering a range of competition classes from Classics through to the latest supercars.


In the Classics Graham Copeland and Josh Herbert will be one team to watch once again. Driving an eye-catching 1941 GMC Jimmy Special, they notched a class win at Targa North West and are a big favourite amongst the fans.


Another team with a legion of followers is the Jim Richards and Barry Oliver combination, who return to the Island in their Porsche 911 GT3 RS.


The popular Tony Quinn teams up with Kate Catford to compete in a 2001 Porsche 996 Turbo this year, and will start as one of the favourites in Early Modern, after taking out the class at Targa North West. It will be a very competitive section however, with 26 participants taking part.


Launceston’s Crichton Lewis in a Subaru WRX STI will be looking to continue his good form, after he and co-driver Adam Kudra finished second to Steve Glenney in GT4 at Targa North West.


Day one gets underway on Monday, with just three stages, including the George Town Super Stage. Tuesday does a loop in the state’s north out to Latrobe and back to its Silverdome base. 


A course revamp in 2018 has benefitted Launceston, with the field spending an extra night in the city on Wednesday night. That day features six challenging tests, including the spectacular Sideling, Weldborough and Elephant Pass stages, before the final stage of the day in Rossarden. 


The final three days feature 18 gruelling stages through spectacular roads and scenery. On Thursday the field heads to the North West for lunch at Burnie and then on to Strahan. Competitors make their way across from Strahan to Hobart on Friday, which includes the longest stage of the event, the famous Mt Arrowsmith. 


Fans in the state’s south will get their chance to see all the vehicles and competitors on Friday night at the annual Targafest at PW1, before Saturday’s final day, which commences with the first of six stages at Tinderbox. 


The final stage at Longley will wrap up the six-day event, with competitors then making their way to Hobart’s waterfront for the official presentations.


Fans can keep right up-to-date with the event by following Targa Live, or via the Targa Facebook page.

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