Residents of Tanunda, Gumeracha, Mount Compass and Macclesfield will have the chance to get up close and personal with 100 of Australia’s fastest classic rally cars when Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide comes to town from September 14-17.

The event will be the first of four rounds in the Australian Targa Championship, with following events being held in Victoria and Tasmania.

Leading the charge in the inaugural Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide will be Adelaide’s Kevin Weeks, who will start as a hot favourite in his 1974 Porsche Carrera RS. Weeks is also the sponsor of the event, through is business, Supaloc.

However, he won’t have it all his own way as drivers negotiate the 26 Targa stages over a total competitive distance of 210 kilometres.

“The Targa format really works,” Weeks said. “This new event will work our business, it will work for the competitors and it will work for Adelaide and the surrounding towns along the course.

“It is fantastic that we have been able to help to bring the opening event of this Championship to my home town.”

With a carnival atmosphere present wherever the competing cars stop, big crowds of motorsport fans and locals are expected to flock to towns along the route.

“For the casual motorsport fan who doesn’t want to have to travel to see the cars in action, viewing them at the lunch stops is the ideal way to take in the glamour and flavour of Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide,” event director, Mark Perry, said.

“Octagon are excited to be bringing Targa competition to South Australia for the first time, and we’re confident that the locals will really take to the event as it passes through their area.”

The course for Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide will take competitors on some roads used previously by Classic Adelaide, but modified to make them more competitive and to increase driver challenge, as well as some new stages as well.

The Prologue will consist of two stages in and around Tanunda in the Barossa Valley on Wednesday, September 14.

The opening competitive day consists of seven stages across 66 competitive kilometres north east of Adelaide. It includes the event’s longest stage, Castanbul, at 17.5 kilometres.

The middle day, Friday September 16, starts at Mt Lofty before heading over Mt Lofty and through the McLaren Vale wine region, taking in 70 competitive kilometres.

Saturday is the longest day with 76 competitive kilometres across eight stages through the Adelaide Hills.

Fans to catch the Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide action at the following locations:

Wednesday, September 14
Tanunda Targa Stage – first car 12.00pm
 
The cars will stop in Murray Street, Tanunda for lunch, from 12.30pm, while the Targa Stage is underway.
 
Thursday, September 15
Gumeracha Oval lunch stop – 11.30am

Friday, September 16
Mount Compass Oval lunch stop – 11.30am

Fans can also catch the action at the nearby Willunga Hill Targa stage, with the first car getting underway at 11.11am.
 
Saturday, September 17
Macclesfield main street lunch stop – 11.20am
The nearby Macclesfield Targa stage will begin at 11.10am

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