With Targa Tasmania fast approaching the preparation of the teams’ cars supported by Ambulance Private, Wrest Point and Kumho Tyres is well advanced.

The teams’ cars are driven by David Watson in the Showroom VW R32, Mike Davey in the Early Modern Mitsubishi Evo 5 and Alastair Walker in the Modern VW R32.

While preparation has been fairly low key for the showroom side of the team after David Watson & Josh Dwyer finished in a strong 7th place at Targa Wrest Point the same can’t be said for Mike and Bruce Davey in their Evo 5 or Tarmac Magazines Targa Scholarship recipients Alastair & Martine Walker in the VW R32.

Both cars showed exactly how not to prepare for Targa Tasmania with crashes on day two at Targa Wrest Point. The Walkers finished their rally on stage 8, Pelveratta, with an ABS issue in the R32 contributing to the accident while the Davey’s were in a solid 13th place in Early Modern before their accident, caused through a missed note on stage 9, ultimately took them out.

Both accidents saw significant damage to the cars with Davey’s Evo needing work to the chassis and suspension and the Walkers R32 needing serious attention to the front right corner and causing them to have to pull out round three at Lake Mountain.

The team’s mechanics Mick Lockyer and Richard Thomas along with Longford Bodyworks, Jackson Volkswagen and Volkspower have worked wonders on the R32 to get the car back to perfect condition and Mike Davey said the Evo 5 is now in paint and will be ready this week.

David’s showroom spec car hasn’t missed out on all the love with the team undertaking work to make the car more competitive against the gaggle of Mitsubishi Evo’s that dominate the showroom class all the while making sure it still keeps within the strict rules of that class.

It should see him better able to compete over the longer distances that the Targa Tasmania stages bring and he is looking forward to a great event. With this in mind the cars will be heading for Symmons Plains in the next week for shakedown and testing with reconnaissance for Targa Tasmania taking place in the week leading up to the rally.

The team would like to thank its supporters and sponsors, Ambulance Private, Wrest Point, Kumho Tyres, FSport, Rennehaus, Fast Mustard, Uber Biz and Tarmac Magazine along with Volkspower, Jackson VW and Longford Bodyworks.

You can follow the teams’ progress during Targa Tasmania with regular updates throughout each day’s competition on our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages at

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