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Described as Australia’s most lauded hot hatch, the Renault Megane seems to be the ride of choice at next week's Targa Tasmania (April 16 to 21) in the Showroom class.

The car has also dominated this year’s Showroom competition in the CAMS Australian Targa Championship. Three teams competing in 2011 Renault Megane RS 250s are in the top five on points and looking for a first Targa championship for the famous European marque.

In addition, Renault Sport and motoring.com.au have joined forces to form a high-profile two-car team competing in the newer Megane Sport 265 model, to be driven by TV personality Grant Denyer and motoring writer Mike Sinclair. Although the pair is not in contention for championship honours, they will be looking for class line honours.

Indonesian driver Bunjamin Noor and his co-driver Lee Challoner-Miles, of Queensland, are currently second in the series in their privateer 2011 Renault Megane RS 250 and after a recent victory at Targa Wrest Point,will be keen to go one better in Targa Tasmania and hopefully clinch the championship.

The NSW-Queensland combination of Adam Spence and Erin Kelly are also in a Megane RS 250 and third in the championship and well within reach of the leaders.

"With our win in Targa High Country we are looking forward to competing against such a high calibre field in the Showroom 2wd category in this year's Targa event,” Spence said.

"We are third in the championship but know what we need to do to win it, and this is our goal for this event.

“But we are very much aware of how difficult a win will be with such strong competition in Targa Tasmania.

"The Showroom class has really come alive for this event and it has enormous possibilities moving forward into next season."

While the Renaults are a formidable force in the showroom category, they won’t have things all their own way.

West Australian team Glynn Crimp and Paul van der May are leading the championship in their 2010 Ford Focus RS, despite missing Targa Wrest Point.

A first-up victory at Targa Adelaide and a solid third at Targa High Country would seem to indicate they will be a force to be reckoned with in Targa Tasmania, where they have both had considerable experience.
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