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Adelaide will again host the opening round of the 2012/13 CAMS Australian Targa Championship with new dates and an expanded program set to attract the country’s top classic cars and their drivers.

Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide will move out of September and into August in 2012, and be run over five days - from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 - compared to the four-day program in 2011.

While course details are yet to be announced, event director, Mark Perry from Octagon Australia, says that it will look very different to the inaugural 2011 event that utilised many of the roads of the former Classic Adelaide event.

“In 2011 it was all about getting an event on the calendar with a short lead time,” Perry said. “However, in 2012 we have the necessary time to put a new course together, giving the event much more of its own identity and where we want to take it in the long term.

“We want to make Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide a unique tarmac rally challenge with great competitor appeal.  Going the extra day gives the event more competitive kilometres which means more bang for your bucks for competitors.

“Running across both days of the weekend also gives the people of Adelaide and the surrounding towns far greater access to get up close to the cars and the stars.”

“The road options are immense for the event, and they take the competitors and event through a range of key tourism destinations. We’ll make the most of everything the greater Adelaide region has to offer.

“The support of the South Australian Government is vital to the development of the event and they are very much helping us to create this into a major tourism venture for the state.”

The 2012/13 CAMS Australian Targa Championship is a four event series, taking in Targa High Country in Victoria (November 8 to 11, 2012), Targa Wrest Point in Hobart (January 27 to 28, 2013), Targa Tasmania (April 16 to 21, 2013), all following after Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide (August 22 to 26, 2012).
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