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The Porsche Targa High Country Tour in a 718 Cayman GTS

Sports cars are designed to be driven hard. Foot to the floor, tyres gripping, the engine singing, and you don’t even glance at the speedometer. Try doing that on a public road, though, and say goodbye to your car and licence. But what if you could do all that legally? The Targa Australia rally series is just that.

CarAdvice was invited to the Porsche Targa High Country Tour this year to drive the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS around Mount Buller, Mansfield, and Eildon over three days.

While the tour has posted speed limits, and the stages are not timed, you can still take racing lines through twisty roads at speed.

As a first for this year, Porsche ran a track day at Winton Motor Raceway on the first day to get drivers familiar with their cars. It was perhaps more catered to those who haven’t driven their car in anger before, and it was also handy for us, as the only time we spent in the Cayman was doing 110km/h on the freeway that morning.

The 30 or so cars were split into four groups based on their driving experience or the power of their cars. Then followed a Targa drivers’ briefing, where drivers received two 15-minute track sessions and one session for the navigator.

In our group, we had a mixture of Caymans, 911s, and a lone Cayenne, with some teams trying Targa out for the first time, including myself and our cameraman, Igor, who had the job of navigating.

Each day consisted of around eight stages at different lengths. The Porsche tour was privileged to lead each stage before the competition cars made their way through, keeping the roads clear of gravel and dirt. The shortest stage was around 7km and the longest 48km. We received some ‘breathers’ in between stages as we had to travel to the next stage on open public roads, which sometimes was a 60km trip. There weren’t many opportunities for toilet breaks, so while waiting for the start of each stage, most guys went to see a man about a dog.

Helmets were not needed for the tour, only long-sleeve shirt and enclosed shoes, so we were quite comfortable. Cars had to be scrutineered by CAMS, and both driver and navigator were breath-tested at the start of each day. If you blew over 0.00, no driving or navigating for you.

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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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The Porsche Targa High Country Tour in a 718 Cayman GTS

Sports cars are designed to be driven hard. Foot to the floor, tyres gripping, the engine singing, and you don’t even glance at the speedometer. Try doing that on a public road, though, and say goodbye to your car and licence. But what if you could do all that legally? The Targa Australia rally series is just that.

CarAdvice was invited to the Porsche Targa High Country Tour this year to drive the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS around Mount Buller, Mansfield, and Eildon over three days.


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Now available for FREE Download: Targa Great Barrier Reef 2018 TV Show

Just over 2 months ago, we successfully completed the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef and now is your chance to re-live the event. The full Channel 9 TV Show is now available for FREE download & unlimited streaming to all devices.


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Targa Great Barrier Reef 2019 Early Bird closing soon *NOW CLOSED*

With our 200th entry just received, 2019 is looking at being bigger & better than 2018! The field will again be capped, so make sure you don’t miss out on being a part of all the excitement next year.


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