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2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:08 pm

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Date: 1st - 2nd February

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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:09 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Changes add to Targa Wrest Point's appeal
09-Dec-2013 Targa Media

Targa Wrest Point, to be held south of Hobart on February 1 and 2, is set to be the toughest yet in the event’s six year history, following a major reworking of the course, adding competitor and spectator appeal.

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The reward for competitors is a greater variety of roads on a course that takes in 193 competitive kilometres across 14 stages.


The new course will also give fans greater access, with the famous Esperance Coast road being used for the first time in both directions, sure to be a hit with the enthusiastic local community at Dover.



Around 100 cars are expected to take part in the event, round three of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship, which starts and ends at Wrest Point on the shores of the Derwent River.



Although some stages are being used twice, no stage will be repeated in the same direction, thereby ensuring the most testing Targa West Point course presented to date.



Unlike past years, the run up to the Tahune Airwalk and back will only be used once, allowing full access to tourists across the afternoon.



The Longley and Cygnet stages have decades of Targa history dating back to the first Targa Tasmania in 1992, but at this year’s Wrest Point event, they will be run in the opposite direction for the first time, the reverse of Longley to be known as Neika, while the reverse run over Cygnet will be called Wattle Grove.



Event Director, Stuart Benson, believes the changes provide interest to the competitors by keeping the challenges fresh.



“There will be people who have done stages like Longley more than 20 times in their Targa career, but now for the first time they will face starting from the other end, which will make it a completely different challenge,” Benson said.



“The people of Dover have always supported Targa events, so it is great to be able to offer them increased spectating with two passes on the Esperance Coast road on Saturday, because it really is one of the most spectacular pieces of road used for tarmac rallying anywhere in the world.



Saturday’s action starts at Wrest Point at 7.30am, with the Lucaston stage the first test, as in previous years. The course then takes in the Esperance Coast and Tahune Airwalk roads before finishing with the Longley and Neika stages.



In total, the cars will complete 107 competitive kilometres across seven stages on the opening day.



Sunday has another seven stages, including Pelverata, Nicholls Rivulet, Gardners Bay, Woodridge and Oyster Cove, and at 86 kilometres is longer than recent Sunday outings at Targa Wrest Point. The podium finish, champagne shower and celebrations that mark the end of the rally, will take place at Wrest Point from 1:30pm.



“The lush Huon Valley is the perfect home for Targa Wrest Point with its stunning scenery, passionate supporters and challenging road network,” Benson said.



“It’s a fantastic rally and, for many, the perfect lead-up to Targa Tasmania in May.”
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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:53 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Tarmac rally ace adopts Cayman S
13-Jan-2014 Ian Chesterman
Porsche ambassador and tarmac rally specialist Jim Richards will tackle the 2014 Targa Tasmania in the ultimate mid-engine sports car – the Porsche Cayman S.

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Jim with the Porsche Cayman S he will drive at Targa Tasmania Porsche ambassador and tarmac rally specialist Jim Richards will tackle the 2014 Targa Tasmania in the ultimate mid-engine sports car – the Porsche Cayman S.



Richards and his long-time co-driver Barry Oliver will replace their 911 GT2 RS for the Cayman in an attempt for victory in the Showroom Sport class.



Having taken eight outright victories previously in the Tasmanian event, the move places the duo in a class catering for production vehicles valued between $100,000 and $200,000 and manufactured after January 01, 2003.



“This move to the Porsche Cayman S really recognises that you can take a car off the showroom floor, add some safety requirements and go out and enjoy yourself,” says Richards.



“Driving the Cayman S will be a total departure from what I’ve ever driven. Being a mid-engine sports car, the Cayman will provide pin-point handling and require a different style of driving to that of the GT2 RS.



“It shows you don’t need to go out and buy a half a million dollar car to compete in rallies and have a good time. You can go out in a Cayman/Boxster-style car, which has fantastic handling, agility and balance, and hopefully be competitive in your class.”



Richards’ 239 kW (325 hp) Cayman S will be equipped with a six-speed PDK dual- clutch gearbox, 3.4-litre six-cylinder boxer engine and Sport Chrono Package.



The Cayman S with PDK has an Australian starting price of $144,890 (excluding on road costs).



Richards intends to field the Cayman S in all events of the 2014/15 CAMS Australian Targa Championship in addition to the six-day Targa Tasmania event on May 06-11, 2014.

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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:18 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Newman wants home win in Showroom 4WD

Subaru driver, Ben Newman, is set for Targa Wrest Point, looking to take Showroom 4WD honours in his Impreza WRX STI, complete with a new co-driver.

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Ben Newman at Targa Wrest Point in 2013 Since making his Targa debut at the same event back in 2012, Newman has had his business partner, Crichton Lewis, calling the notes.

The Launceston pair has shown rapid improvement since making their first appearance and are regulars on the Showroom 4WD podium, including notching up their first class victory at Targa Adelaide in August.

But Lewis is overseas, so another from the Neil Buckby Motors crew, sales executive Tim Kulhanek, is taking his turn next to Newman.

When Lewis started, he had no co-driver experience at all. His replacement comes to the job well credentialed, having previously been involved in numerous Targas.

Newman will face a tough battle in his quest for a first win on home soil.

Queenslanders Scott Millar and Christopher Dean, and Greg and Rhonda Burrowes, driving Mitsubishi Lancers, will be keen to take the silverware north.

West Australians Stuart Liddle and Michael Lloyd, also in a Lancer, are strong performers in this class that is growing in popularity, and competitiveness.

Tasmania has crews that are keen for a win at one of their home events. Launceston’s Luana Garwood, with teammate Suzanne Atkins, are one of the few all female crews in action.

Another Launceston combination, this times a father-son team, Ralph and Malcolm Norton, will also contest the class in a Subaru WRX STI.

NSW driver, Angus Kennard, has proven quick in recent times, and he is another in a Subaru, and has form, having taken the honours at the last start, Targa High Country in November.

Introducing a different flavour to the Lancers and WRXs is Hobart’s David Watson, drive a 2004 Volkswagen Golf R32.

But as one of the favourites, Newman says he is looking forward to the challenge.

“We did our very first event at Wrest Point, so it holds good memories for me,” Newman said.

“It’s fair to say that we have developed as a team a fair bit since then. We have the car better sorted and there is no substitute for time behind the wheel in this sport.

“We know every time we go out we are going to be in a really tight battle with Showroom 4WD. It’s heaps of fun and I’m not brave enough to predict who will come out on top by the time we get back to the champagne spray on the Sunday night.

“But we’ll all be giving it a red hot go. There are lots of Tasmanians in it, so I reckon, given we sell Subarus in this state, it would be good to see one of the Tasmanians driving a Subaru come up with the win.”

Targa Wrest Point gets underway on Saturday February 1 and finishes back at Wrest Point on Sunday February 2.

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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:21 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Miedecke leads strong classic field
20-Jan-2014 Ian Chesterman
Former Tasmanian Andrew Miedecke returns to his home state at the start of February hoping to add some Targa Wrest Point silverware to his mantelpiece.

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Andrew Miedecke is back in Tasmania for Targa Wrest Point While he is now running a new car dealership in Port Macquarie on the New South Wales central coast, Tasmania still has a special place in Miedecke’s life, having grown up in Launceston and with family still living on the Apple Isle.


Miedecke took part in the very early Targas, winning Targa Tasmania outright back in 1994, but then took a long break from the sport.



A former V8 Supercar driver, Miedecke came back to the sport in 2010, debuting a 1971 Ford Capri Perana in Targa High Country with immediate success, taking victory in the Late Classic competition.



Since then he has been involved in a number of Targas and is always one of the front-runners in the Classic Outright competition.



His last start in the state was Targa Tasmania in 2011, when he was leading after the opening two days before an off-road excursion ended his charge when victory was just starting to look likely.



In 2012, his son, George, famously put the Perana into the water off a cliff during Targa Wrest Point, and since then the Miedecke team have created a new car to campaign.



The V8 engine of the Perana develops 530 brake horsepower, and in a car weighing only 1100 kilograms, it’s a great power to weight ratio.



The car was built and finished by Launceston’s Les Walkden Rallying, and lives in the team’s Youngtown workshop.



It made its debut at Targa High Country in Victoria in November in spectacular fashion, winning Classic Outright on debut.



“As you’d expect with a newly built car we had a few teething problems on the opening morning, but by the second day we were right on the pace,” Miedecke said.



“The car went back to Les Walkden in Launceston where it was adjusted and fine-tuned and we are really looking forward to the rally.”



Others likely to challenge Miedecke for Classic honours include South Australians Roger Paterson in a 1974 Porsche 911 Carerra RS, and Craig Haysman in a very quick Triumph TR7 V8.



Paterson was leading Classic Outright at Targa Adelaide earlier this season before having an off, so he will be keen to make his mark, while Haysman has, in recent events, been a pacesetter and a winner.



Local hope, Greg Garwood, will be back in action after his disastrous time on Mt Buller for Targa High Country, behind the wheel of a 1977 Holden Torana A9X, with experienced co-driver, John Allen, calling the notes. Garwood won the Modern section at the inaugural Tara Wrest Point back in 2009.



Others to watch out for in Classic are Huon Valley favourite, Darryl Wilcox, in his 1970 Holden Monaro, and another Tasmanian, Terry Harper, giving a recently resorted Mustang it’s first tarmac rally experience.



The enduring Targa team of Jack Waldron and Vin Gregory are back in their 1955 Fiat Abarth 750. The pair has competed in every Targa event since 1992 except for one in 1996 due to Jack needing a knee reconstruction.



The sixth running of Targa Wrest Point will be held on February 1 and 2, and includes 14 closed road special stages to the south west of Hobart.



Targa Wrest Point is round three of the four round Australian Targa Championship that also includes Targa Tasmania, Targa Adelaide and Targa High Country in Victoria.
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Postby Catford on Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:27 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:A classic team for the ages
26-Jan-2014 Ian Chesterman
The car, and its drive team, are the most experienced in Targa history.

Jack Waldron, along with co-driver Vin Gregory and their trusty 1955 Fiat Abarth 750, have competed in a total of 32 Targa events since the first Targa Tasmania was run back in 1992.


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The mighty Fiat Abarth 750 at Wrest Point in 2013


The combination of men and machine remain an enduring part of the competition, and the pair still regularly push for Early Classic Handicap honours, showing they are not just there making up the numbers.


They have missed only one Targa Tasmania, back in 1996 when Jack was recovering from a leg injury, and they are lining up for their fifth Targa Wrest Point on February 1.



“1996 was a no go because I was still doing physiotherapy on my leg after it had spent a couple of months in plaster at the end of 1995,’” Jack said.



“Neither of us were happy people while the 1996 event was being run!”



So, what keeps the pair coming back for so many events across so many years?



“Tarmac rallies are thrilling, unique events, as each stage is so different and the conditions unpredictable,” Waldron said.



“We don’t have the power to weight ratio to be a front running car in (Classic) Outright or Handicap in dry or really steep conditions, but when its wet and other cars can’t 'hookup', we are able to maintain our pace and it is truly a real thrill to be rewarded with an excellent handicap stage result and to realise a better than usual Outright position.



“We both enjoy the preparation of the car and wringing out the most from the least, be it technical development or just routine maintenance.”



Both are looking forward to taking part Targa Wrest Point.



“Targa Wrest Point 2014 has the potential to be outstanding,” Waldron said.



“Running the stages in both directions is a great concept because it reduces wasted transport time and maximizes competition distance. Generally, if a stage is good, it will be good in both directions.”



“Our goal will be the same as always - to finish the event, achieve a good result and bring the car home in one piece.



“We do a 'rain dance' before each event hoping that for at least half of the event it will rain!”





The Fiat Abarth has a rich history, and is a treasured possession. It seems to grab the attention of fans wherever it goes.



“There always seems to be an inordinately high level of interest in the car so we place a copy of the car’s history on the windscreen at displays,” Jack said.



“I think people like the Abarth because it’s different and fairly old.



“If a family stops, looks and is interested we offer to allow the kids to sit in the car behind the steering wheel for a photograph. It’s good PR for motorsport and I remember how much I enjoyed that sort of experience when I was a kid.”



Early Classic, for cars pre-1974, is a hotly contested category and has a big following among the fans.



There are 14 in the class at this year’s Targa Wrest Point, making up around 15 per cent of the field.



Local drivers Geoff and Leon Duggan will be hard to beat in their 1969 Datsun 2000 Sports given their knowledge of the roads.



Andrew Miedecke is driving a 1971 Ford Perana Capri, while Wayne Pfingst will be in another V8, a 1971 Holden Monaro, while the Kents, Ella and Drew, will stand tall for Ford in their 1971 Falcon GT.



One of the best looking cars in the field is the 1971 Mercedes 280 CE of Joe Caudo, while the 1964 MG B of Bryan Ponting will also attract the interests of many purists.



Other Early Classic cars include the 1969 Datsun 240Z of Geoff Goodwin, the 1970 Datusn 1600 of Bernie Keast, and the 1970 Monaro of Darryl Wilcox, another local who could challenge for class honours.



Rounding out the field is the 1971 Porsche of Ted Banks, the 1968 Mustang of Terry Harper, the Datsun 240Z of Robert Devenish and the 1975 Alfa Spider of John Keating.



The event gets underway with a champagne start at 7.30am at Wrest Point on February 1 and finishes on Sunday afternoon, February 2.

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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:55 pm

targa.com.au wrote:Spence out to maintain winning Showroom form
28-Jan-2014 Peter Whitten

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Adam Spence and his co-driver, Erin Kelly, are out to complete a hat-trick of Targa Showroom class wins this coming weekend, when round three of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship gets underway in Hobart on Saturday morning.

Having already taken class honours at Targa Adelaide and Targa High Country, a win would make up for the disappointment that hit them at last year’s Targa Wrest Point, when a mechanical problem ruined their run.

Spence set the early pace on the opening day in 2013, but he lost a wheel on the morning run down the hill from the Tahune Airwalk.

But the experienced Targa driver is back to make amends, once again behind the wheel of the Renault Megane RS 265. But unlike in recent events in the Targa series, he will be without his team-mate, Bunjamin Noor, who has been unable to make the trip to Tasmania from Indonesia for the rally.

But taking over Noor’s spot in the second Renault Megane will be Andrew Bollom, who will team with Lee Challoner-Mills.

The pair’s competition for class honours will come from a third Renault – but one of a different variety – a Cilo 197 R27, driven by Tristan Stirling-Cameron and Stuart Clarke.

Also in action will be the 2005 HSV Clubsport DTS of James Hallet and Matthew Harriot.

James, or Jimmy as he is known, has the advantage of being a local, and the Hollow Tree farmer will be hoping to upset the French car brigade.

Adam Spence is heading up the Renault assault with corporate support from RDA Brakes.

“I am really looking forward to this year’s event, putting last year’s disappointment behind us.

“We have all worked really hard over the past two events to put ourselves in the best possible position to achieve our goal of winning the Showroom class championship.

“I am going to miss competing alongside my friend, Bunjamin Noor, who can’t make it to this event, however, am delighted to have Andrew Bollom as a new teammate.

“We are lucky enough to be supported by friends, family and some very generous sponsors that not only make the events possible, but a truly great few days of racing.”

In other Showroom classes, Glynn Crimp and Paul van der Mey will be in Showroom Sports in their 2012 BMW 1 Series M, as will Michael Minshall in his pretty Audi TT RS. Minshall will also be raising funds for the charity, Lifeline, during the event.

Showroom 4WD will see plenty of action, headed by the Mitsubishi Lancers of Scott Millar, Luana Garwood, Barrie Smith and Stuart Liddle.

Targa High Country winner, Ralph Norton, will lead the Subaru WRX STI charge, along with Ben Newman.

Rounding out the field is David Watson in a Golf R32.

Targa Series director, Stuart Benson, says the showroom classes continue to attract the interest of competitors.

“Next start at Targa Tasmania we will see motorsport legend, Jim Richards, in Showroom Sports, driving a Porsche Cayman S.

“That will get even more people watching, but the classes offer a lower cost option than some others, and we expect to see them grow in popularity,” Benson said.

Saturday’s action starts at Wrest Point at 7.30am, with the Lucaston stage the first test, as in previous years. The course then takes in the Esperance Coast and Tahune Airwalk roads, before finishing with the Longley and Neika stages.

The Princess Wharf 1 Forecourt will host a Targa lunch stop for the first time, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. It provides a great opportunity to view all the competition cars as they take a break, ready for the final stages of the day.

Sunday has another seven stages, including Pelverata, Nicholls Rivulet, Gardner’s Bay, Woodridge and Oyster Cove, and at 86 kilometres is longer than recent Sunday outings at Targa Wrest Point.

The podium finish, champagne shower and celebrations that mark the end of the rally, will take place at Wrest Point from 1.30pm.
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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

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www.targa.com.au wrote:Maguire in the 'hot seat' for Targa Wrest Point
29-Jan-2014 Peter Whitten

Hobart’s Eddie Maguire will start as favourite in the Early Modern competition of this week’s Targa Wrest Point.

Driving a 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5, Maguire and co-driver, Jobe Sims, finished second in November’s Targa High Country in Victoria, and will be keen to go one better at their home event.

Although they are only 13th in the CAMS Australian Targa Championship, a win this weekend will skyrocket them up the leaderboard, with the double pointscoring Targa Tasmania still to come in May.

Maguire’s biggest challenge in the Hobart-based event is likely to come from the Western Australian pairing of Brett Morse and Rodney Ng, who drove their 1994 BMW M3-R to third place at the last event, and have proven that they have good pace.

The leader of the Early Modern Championship, Robert Balint (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6), isn’t contesting Targa Wrest Point, however the second placed man, Charles Nott in a 1998 TVR Chimaera, will be out to consolidate his place in the top three.

Other Tasmanians likely to feature at the top end of the leaderboard include Peter Nunn (1990 Porsche 944 S2), Sam Kirkland (1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 3), and the later model Lancer, an Evo 6 TME, of Scott Strong.

Well-known television personality, Glenn Ridge, is back for another Targa Wrest Point in his reliable 1995 Mazda RX7 SP. Ridge will have his son, Oliver, calling the pacenotes over the two days of twisting tarmac stages, and is always a crowd favourite.

The relatively new Modern Muscle Car class will also feature in Targa Wrest Point, and while the field in this competition is relatively small at present, the battle for victory will be intense.

Sam Tapping and Kelly Handley will be the fan favourites in their thumping 2010 Holden Commodore SS Ute, but they’ll have their work cut out to beat the experienced Victorian, Craig Dean.

Dean and his 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 have shown themselves to be ultra-fast over recent events, and with the experienced Jenny Cole beside him this weekend, Dean will be hard to catch.

Also well in the running will be the Tasmanian pair of Andrew Clingeleffer and David Rust, driving a 2013 Daytona Coupe.

Saturday’s action starts at Wrest Point at 7.30am, with the Lucaston stage the first test, as in previous years. The course then takes in the Esperance Coast and Tahune Airwalk roads, before finishing with the Longley and Neika stages.

The Princess Wharf 1 Forecourt will host a Targa lunch stop for the first time, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. It provides a great opportunity to view all the competition cars as they take a break, ready for the final stages of the day.

Sunday has another seven stages, including Pelverata, Nicholls Rivulet, Gardner’s Bay, Woodridge and Oyster Cove, and at 86 kilometres is longer than recent Sunday outings at Targa Wrest Point.

The podium finish, champagne shower and celebrations that mark the end of the rally, will take place at Wrest Point from 1.30pm.

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Postby Catford on Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:38 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Cadart a candidate for Regularity success
29-Jan-2014 Peter Whitten

Liberal Candidate for Lyons, Bertrand Cadart, has found a unique way to combine his love of motorsport with meeting the people of Tasmania.

Cadart and Lyons Liberal MHR, Eric Hutchinson, have teamed up to compete in this weekend’s Targa Wrest Point as part of the Regularity competition.

The pair will drive a 1991 Pontiac Transam Firebird GTA in the event, a car that is a replica of the one driven by Mel Gibson in the 1979 cult movie “Mad Max”.

Targa Wrest Point 2014 is set to be the toughest yet in the event’s six year history, due to a major revamp of the course which will add to competitor and spectator appeal.

“The course takes in 193 kilometres across 14 stages so there will be a lot of variety for competitors,” Cadart said.

“I am privileged to have Eric Hutchinson as my navigator and I am confident we are going to make a great team.

“Apart from the excitement of the race, we will also get the chance to meet many locals and get some feedback on the issues that are important to them.”

Event Director, Stuart Benson, said Bertrand and Eric had already made history.

“Bertrand and Hobart Lord Mayor, Damon Thomas, last year became the first local government members to compete in Targa Wrest Point,” Benson said.

“This year, Bertrand will be the first candidate for the state election to compete with a sitting member of parliament and we are sure they will make a competitive team.”

After two of four events in the CAMS Australian Targa Championship, the Regularity competition is lead by South Australian driver, Richard Davis, driving a 2008 Holden HSV W427.

Davis and third placed Christopher Waldock (2012 Jaguar XKRS), also from South Australia, will be the ones to catch in the tightly controlled Regularity competition, where constant average speeds, rather than flat-out driving, decides the winners.

Tasmania will be well featured in the category. Along with Cadart, the home state will be represented by Alan Gluyas (Toyota 86 GTS), Bernard Dwyer (Toyota Celica GT-Four), Max Griffiths (Subaru Impreza WRX) and Bruce Smee (Nissan 280 ZX).

Others to watch include Victorians Gerry Bashford and Bob Watson in a Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico. Normally a driver, Watson was the 1970 Australian Rally Champion, and will be making his Regularity debut in Targa Wrest Point.

Saturday’s action starts at Wrest Point at 7.30am, with the Lucaston stage the first test, as in previous years. The course then takes in the Esperance Coast and Tahune Airwalk roads, before finishing with the Longley and Neika stages.

The Princess Wharf 1 Forecourt will host a Targa lunch stop for the first time, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. It provides a great opportunity to view all the competition cars as they take a break, ready for the final stages of the day.

Sunday has another seven stages, including Pelverata, Nicholls Rivulet, Gardner’s Bay, Woodridge and Oyster Cove, and at 86 kilometres is longer than recent Sunday outings at Targa Wrest Point.

The podium finish, champagne shower and celebrations that mark the end of the rally, will take place at Wrest Point from 1.30pm.


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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:21 am

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Postby Catford on Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:35 am

www.targa.com.au wrote:Tassie drivers head Targa attack
30-Jan-2014 Peter Whitten

This weekend’s Targa Wrest Point promises to be a battle of the big guns as Australia’s best tarmac rally drivers push their cars to the limit over some of the state’s best roads.

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Tasmanians Jason White and Jamie Vandenberg are currently first and second in the Modern competition of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship, with Targa Wrest Point round three of the four-round series.

Hobart-based South Australian, Steve Glenney, lies fourth in the championship race after winning the opening round in Adelaide, but a mechanical problem sidelined his Nissan GT-R at Victoria’s Targa High Country in November.

This puts Glenney 50 points behind White’s Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, but the former horse trainer knows that the championship is still far from over.

“We’ve been testing the car at Baskerville race track recently and have made a few small tweaks that we hope will improve the car’s overall performance,” Glenney said.

“With two rounds remaining it’s important that we score good points at Targa Wrest Point, and then finish the championship off well at Targa Tasmania in May.”

Targa Tasmania offers double points to competitors, but Glenney is aware that the season finale is still a long way off.

“Obviously Jason (White) is our main rival this weekend and he’s done the event a couple more times than I have, but there are plenty of other competition to worry about,” Glenney stressed.

“Jamie Vandenberg is back in his Lancer Evo 9 and will be very fast, as will Matt Rickards in a similar car. Then there’s Tony Quinn and Matt Close who are always right on the leading pace.”

White has reason to be confident ahead of Targa Wrest Point, having won the event four times, including last year. A second and first place in the opening two rounds of this season’s championship has the Burnie driver well placed to repeat his success from last year, and he’ll be hard to catch.

But motorsport is never that easy. Like Glenney, veteran Tony Quinn is behind the wheel of a potent Nissan GT-R, and Victorian, Matt Close, has come perilously close to winning Targa events in the past in his Audi TT RS.

Close was second in Targa Wrest Point last year, just 42 seconds behind White.

Either of these drivers, and Vandenberg or Rickards, could be spraying the champagne at the finish at Wrest Point on Sunday afternoon.

Targa Series director, Stuart Benson, says the Modern competition battle will be intense, particularly given the changes to the course in 2014.

“There will be people who have done stages like Longley more than 20 times in their Targa career, but now for the first time they will face starting from the other end, which will make it a completely different challenge,” Benson said.

“The course changes not only spice things up for the competitors, but give spectators new viewing locations that offer some great action.

“Everything is set for a great weekend of tarmac rallying.”

Saturday’s action starts at Wrest Point at 7.30am, with the Lucaston stage the first test, as in previous years. The course then takes in the Esperance Coast and Tahune Airwalk roads, before finishing with the Longley and Neika stages.

The Princess Wharf 1 Forecourt will host a Targa lunch stop for the first time, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. It provides a great opportunity to view all the competition cars as they take a break, ready for the final stages of the day.

Sunday has another seven stages, including Pelverata, Nicholls Rivulet, Gardner’s Bay, Woodridge and Oyster Cove, and at 86 kilometres is longer than recent Sunday outings at Targa Wrest Point.

The podium finish, champagne shower and celebrations that mark the end of the rally, will take place at Wrest Point from 1.30pm.


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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:45 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:Glenney aims for TWP victory
31-Jan-2014 Peter Whitten
Officially, Steve Glenney trails Jason White in the CAMS Australian Targa Championship, but if both drivers drop their worst round, Glenney is currently in front.

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With two rounds of the championship still to run, the South Australian won’t be thinking that way heading into this weekend’s Targa Wrest Point, but he’s well aware that another victory wouldn’t go astray.

Glenney won his home event, Targa Adelaide, last year, but failed to finish November’s Targa High Country in Victoria. More than anything, he knows that reliability is a key this weekend.

“I think the championship is evenly poised,” Glenney told the media in Hobart today.

“There’s no doubt we need to do well this weekend, but the championship is almost certain to come down to Targa Tasmania in May, which offers double points.”

Glenney says that fine weather and great roads are two of Targa Wrest Point’s greatest strengths, making the event one of the highlights of the season.

“The course has a bit of everything, and the roads are a real mixture.

“We’re confident of a good result, and the development of the car continues to move forward, so hopefully that pays dividends this weekend.”

Glenney has recently been testing the car at Tasmania’s Baskerville Raceway.

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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:48 pm

www.targa.com.au wrote:TWP a favourite for White
31-Jan-2014 Peter Whitten

Jason White has won Targa Wrest Point four times, and all being well he’ll add to that number this weekend.

However, White knows that he won’t have it all his own way, with his main rival, Steve Glenney, also in with a big chance of victory.

“I’m always excited about competing in Targa Wrest Point,” White said.

“I used to live in Hobart, so I do have some familiarity with the roads, but the course has changed a fair bit this year, which evens things up a bit.

“Personally, I think this event has the best roads that we compete on, and the road into the Tahune Airwalk is great to drive.

“Some of the roads are quite bumpy, and add another challenge to the event.”

Along with Glenney, White lists Matt Close, Tony Quinn and Matt Rickards as his biggest threats, but remains quietly confident.

“We’ve really done nothing special to the car since the last event,” he added.

“We’re still running the stick gearshift rather than the paddle shift, but other than that the car is pretty much as it was at Targa High Country.”

Targa Wrest Point starts from the Wrest Point hotel tomorrow morning, before crews face seven Targa stages throughout the first day.

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Re: 2014 Targa Wrest Point - February 1st - 2nd

Postby Catford on Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:44 pm

Targa wrote:The Buckby Motors Subaru team are one of the Showroom favourites this weekend at Targa Wrest Point.

Check out this short video where they introduce new sponsor Tyre Right Launceston & new co-driver Tim Kulhanek

http://youtu.be/IxNKOBudAvw
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