Targa Tasmania

Targa Tasmania is a tarmac-based rally event held on the island state of Tasmania, Australia, annually since 1992. The event takes its name from the Targa Florio, a former motoring event held on the island of Sicily. The competition concept is drawn directly from the best features of the Mille Miglia, the Coupe des Alpes and the Tour de Corse.

Rally format

The rally started as a five-day event, but has been run as a six-day event for anniversaries in 2001, 2006 and 2016.

The layout of the 2016 event was:

In 2008 the course was substantially revised, a number of well liked stages from previous years are now used (Riana), and a number of all new stages were introduced (Mt Claude and Rossarden). Leg 3 was dropped by shortening the Leg 2 East Coast day ending back in Launceston (rather than Hobart). Leg 3 is another loop north out of Launceston (running through Devonport on this day). Leg 4 now runs from Launceston through the lunch stop at Burnie to the evening end at Strahan. It remains the longest tarmac rally in Australia with no repeated stages. Although a couple of stages will share the same piece of road in opposite directions on consecutive days.

The Targa is one of several Tarmac Rally events to be held in Australia. It also has had international connections with Targa New Zealand and Targa Newfoundland which have evolved since the inception of Targa Tasmania.

List of past winners

In 2016 the premier category changed from Modern to Showroom GT2.

Showroom GT4 Competition

Year Driver Navigator Vehicle
Steve Glenney Tim Kulhanek 947
Angus Kennard Ian Wheeler 962 Nissan GT-R R35

Showroom GT2 Competition

Year Diver Navigator Vehicle
Matt Close Cameron Reeves 991 Porsche 911 GT3
Jason White John White 934 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme
Jason White John White 934 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme

Modern Competition

Year Driver Navigator Vehicle
Greg Crick Greg Preece Honda NSX
Greg Crick Greg Preece Honda NSX
Andrew Miedecke Alan Taylor Porsche 944 Turbo Cup
Neal Bates Coral Taylor Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST205)
Jim Richards Barry Oliver Porsche 911 Turbo (993)
Jim Richards Barry Oliver Porsche 911 Turbo (993)
Jim Richards Barry Oliver Porsche 911 Turbo (993)
Peter Fitzgerald Michael Mansour Porsche 911 Turbo (993)
Jim Richards Barry Oliver Porsche 911 GT3 CS
2001 Jim Richards Barry Oliver Porsche 911 Turbo (996)
2002 Jim Richards Barry Oliver Porsche 911 Turbo (996)
Jim Richards Barry Oliver Porsche 911 Turbo (996)
Tony Sullens Julia Rabbett Subaru Impreza WRX STi S202
Jason White John White Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1 (R34)
Jim Richards Barry Oliver Porsche 911 GT2 CS (996)
Tony Sullens Julia Barkley Subaru Impreza WRX Type RA (GC8)
2008 Steve Glenney Bernie Webb
Tony Quinn Naomi Tillett Nissan GT-R
Jason White John White Lamborghini Gallardo Reiter Super Trofeo Strata
Tony Quinn Naomi Tillett Nissan GT-R
Jason White John White Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale
Jason White John White Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale
Jamie Vandenberg Dennis Sims Nissan GT-R
Jason White John White Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse

Classic Competition

Year Driver Navigator Vehicle
Peter Fitzgerald Michael Petersen Porsche 356
Robert White Angus Macleod Sunbeam Tiger
Jeremy Browne Stella Plenderleith Lancia Fulvia
2001 Paul Stuart Mark Connolly Porsche 911
2002 Rex Broadbent Michael Goedheer Porsche 911 RSR
Graham Copeland Jon Siddens Datsun 1800SSS
Nick Ellis Tracy Williams Ford Escort RS2000
Michael Conway Simon Gardiner Ford Escort RS2000
[1] Ian Morris Alex Molocznyk 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6
[2] Rex Broadbent (VIC) Michael Goedheer 1974 Porsche 911 RS
2008[3] Rex Broadbent (VIC) Guy Lilleyman (ACT) 1974 Porsche 911 RS
2009[4] Rex Broadbent (VIC) Michael Goedheer 1974 Porsche 911 RS
2010[5] Rex Broadbent (VIC) Chris Randell (VIC) 1974 Porsche 911 RS
2011[6] Rex Broadbent (VIC) Chris Randell (VIC) 1974 Porsche 911 RS
2012[7] Rex Broadbent (VIC) Chris Randell (VIC) 1974 Porsche 911 RS
2013[8] Donn Todd (QLD) Dean Tighe (QLD) 1971 Ford Capri Perana V8
2014[9] Barry Faux (ACT) Therezia Mhajlovic (ACT) 1985 Mazda RX-7
2015[10] Craig Haysman (SA) Charlie Hughes (TAS) 1981 Triumph TR7 V8
2016[11] Leigh Achterberg (QLD) Greg Fitzgerald (QLD) 1982 Porsche 944

Trophies Awarded

A Targa Trophy is awarded to the driver and co-driver/navigator of each crew that completes all stages within the specified time for their class of vehicle. In subsequent years, the trophy may be upgraded as follows:[12]

  • Golden Targa Trophy - 3 consecutive regular trophies
  • Platinum Targa Trophy - having achieved Gold then gaining another 3 consecutive regular trophies
  • Diamond Targa Trophy - having achieved Platinum then gaining another 3 consecutive regular trophies
  • Gold Diamond Targa Trophy - having achieved Diamond then gaining another 3 consecutive regular trophies
  • Platinum Diamond Targa Trophy - having achieved Gold Diamond then gaining another 3 consecutive regular trophies

Once achieving Platinum Gold, the competitor is inducted into the Targa Hall of Fame Legends

2017 Trophy Classifications
Class Competitors
Gold (3 successive regular) Mary Hughes, Greg Fitzgerald, Suzanne Atkins, Steve Glenney, Scott Hunter, Trevor Macleod
Platinum (2 x gold) Ian Wheeler, Peter Roberts, Angus Kennard, Neil Botha, Kim Burke, Damien Grimwood
Diamond (3 x gold) Naomi Tillett, Kelly Handley, Peter Ullrich, Max Warwick
Gold Diamond (4 x gold) Doug Fernie, Simon Davison, Amanda Davison, Lee Harper
Platinum Diamond 5 x gold) Geoff Taylor, Stephen Thatcher

In 2019, Geoff Taylor (aged 73+) was the only competitor to have competed in all events.[13]

In addition, each year the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy is awarded to the competitor who exhibits tenacity to overcome adversity while completing the event. It was first awarded in 1993.

Notable competitors

Notable past and current competitors have included Andrew Miedecke, Barry Sheene, Bob Wollek, Denny Hulme, Dick Johnson, Glenn Ridge, , Gregg Hansford, Sir Jack Brabham, Jim Richards, Jochen Mass, Steven Richards, Michael Doohan, Murray Walker, Neal Bates, Peter Brock, , Roger Clark, , Sandro Munari, Sir Stirling Moss, Alister McRae, Walter Röhrl and Eric Bana.[14] The first person with a spinal cord injury to compete in the rally was Australian wheelchair rugby player Nazim Erdem.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ Targa Tasmania 2006 Results by Rally Results
  2. ^ Targa Tasmania 2007 Results by Rally Results
  3. ^ Targa Tasmania 2008 Results by Rally Results
  4. ^ Targa Tasmania 2009 Results By Rally Results
  5. ^ Targa Tasmania 2010 Results By Rally Results
  6. ^ Targa Tasmania 2011 Results By Rally Results
  7. ^ Targa Tasmania 2012 Results By Rally Results
  8. ^ Targa Tasmania 2013 Results By Rally Results
  9. ^ Targa Tasmania 2014 Results By Rally Results
  10. ^ Targa Tasmania 2015 Results By Rally Results
  11. ^ Targa Tasmania 2016 Results By Rally Results
  12. ^ "Targa Trophies". Targa Australia. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  13. ^ "Geoff Taylor - 25 years of Targa Tasmania". Rally Sport Magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  14. ^ Targa Tasmania by Peter Hall, telegraph.co.uk
  15. ^ "Nazim Erdem". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  1. http://www.targatasmania.com.au/Results/Past [1]
  2. http://www.targatasmania.com.au/ [2]

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