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The finish of Targa High Country will take on a different look in 2020, with the event podium festivities moved to Mansfield immediately following the street stage through the town on the Sunday afternoon. The event, to be run from November 13 to 15, still includes two runs up the famous Mt Buller road, but this year those tests are placed as the final stage of both Friday and Saturday. Friday is the shortest day with just two stages, a late afternoon run down from Mt Buller to Mirimbah, then a return run all the way to the alpine village. Saturday takes the field out to Whitfield and back to Mt Buller, before the Sunday run out to Eildon, with the final stage a four-kilometre blast around Mansfield itself. The Mansfield street stage has traditionally been run on the Saturday afternoon, but Targa CEO, Mark Perry, says the move to the Sunday should attract an even larger crowd. “This is the first ever official finish for the event in Mansfield and will be followed by a TARGAFest, where the fans and drivers can mingle and relax,” Perry said. “After ten highly successful years of running the country’s second largest tarmac rally, we felt that it was time to change it up a little and give the people of Mansfield and its surrounds, who have been such great supporters and welcoming hosts across the years, to see the excitement of the finish, complete with the traditional champagne spray. “This will add to an even bigger day in Mansfield, something we are all looking forward to after what has been a torrid year for all of us so far.” Mansfield Shire Mayor, Marg Attley OAM, believes this move to Mansfield will be good for Mansfield and the event. “We are delighted to be hosting the finishing stage in Mansfield,” said Mayor Attley. “This change will contribute to an increase in visitor numbers and provide a much needed economic boost to our businesses who had to deal with the impact of both bushfires and COVID. “We congratulate Targa for being progressive in making changes to keep the event being the success it is.”
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