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Motorsport fans are in for a treat this weekend when a record 35 classic vehicles contest the fifth running of QUIT Targa West.
 
Vehicles ranging from Holden, Fords, Porsches and Alfa Romeo’s will take part in Western Australia’s premier tarmac rally in either the Competition Classic or Challenge Classic classes.
 
Thirty crews will be lining up in the Competition Classic class, 12 more than 2008, ensuring the run for the title is going to be tougher than ever.
 
Of the thirty crews, six drivers will be competing for not only honours in QUIT Targa West but for valuable points in the Australian Classic Tarmac Championship (ACTC).
 
Introduced by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) at the beginning of the 2009 motorsport season, the ACTC was designed to increase the profile and level of recognition of classic crews and reward motorsport fans with a fantastic variety of traditional rally cars.
 
QUIT Targa West is the second round in the three round Championship, which started at Rally Tasmania and will conclude at Classic Adelaide. 
 
“The increased focus on classic cars has been welcomed by crews and the record number of entrants we have in the Competition Classic class this year is a clear indication that the Australian Classic Tarmac Championship’s introduction has encouraged drivers to focus on this area of tarmac rallying,” QUIT Targa West Clerk of Course Ross Tapper said.
 
South Australian’s Kevin Weeks and Rebecca Crunkhorn have made the switch from a modern Lamborghini Superleggera in 2008 to a 1975 Porsche 911 RSR and the pair will be a serious contender in both QUIT Targa West and the ACTC.
 
Weeks took full points at Rally Tasmania earlier this year and is the current ACTC leader.
 
“The championship (ACTC) is the reason we are competing in a classic car in QUIT Targa West, and was the reason we did the rally in Tasmania earlier this year, it is great to be involved in the first ever tarmac championship in Australia,” Kevin Weeks said.
 
“I love driving the Lambo (Lamborghini Superleggera) but it’s nice to be able to compete in a championship.  We love coming to Perth and it really doesn’t matter whether you are in a classic or a modern car, it just such a fantastic event with a great atmosphere.”
 
QUIT Targa West 2009 gets underway this afternoon with the Prologue at the Perth Motorplex.  The rally special stages will be held in the City of Perth and the shires of Kalamunda, Chittering and Toodyay.
 
Ninty-nine (99) crews will contest the event which has now firmly entrenched itself as one of the highlights on the national tarmac rally calendar.
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