After a double disaster at the first round of the Australian Tarmac Championship in Victoria’s High Country, Mazda Motorsport is racing against the clock to have the Mazda3 MPS and RX-8 SP back in action for round two in Hobart on January 29 and 30.

The RX-8 SP of Steve Glenney had a handy outright lead at Targa High Country last month, when a split oil tank ended a great run.

The story of Brendan Reeves’ Mazda3 MPS was similarly disappointing.  Running over four minutes ahead in the Showroom class, the Mazda3 MPS was pushing for a high outright placing when it unfortunately rolled putting it out of the competition.

Mazda Motorsport is now focussed on getting both cars ready for Targa Wrest Point with the confidence that the cars have the speed to put them amongst the leaders.

While only minor work is needed to get the RX-8 SP back into racing shape, the Mazda3 MPS is a different story. Major work is required to have the leading Showroom car ready for Targa Wrest Point, but the challenge has only made the Mazda Motorsport team more determined and they are confident that both cars will be on the start line.

Steve Glenney will again be behind the wheel of the RX-8 SP and is confident that the rotary rocket has what it takes to challenge the Porches, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and the sole Nissan GTR running in the highly competitive Modern Class.  

“Targa High Country was the first real test for the new RX-8 SP and we were very impressed with how well it handled. It was setting great pace and was running brilliantly when a split oil tank put us out of the competition” Glenney said.

Driver Brendan Reeves and co-driver Rhianon Smyth are also looking forward to getting the Mazda3 MPS back on the tarmac and are focused on re-asserting themselves as leading contenders in the Showroom class.

Mazda Motorsport boss, Allan Horsley is feeling optimistic about what lies ahead for the team. “ This whole project has been a work in progress. We learnt a lot at Targa High Country and we’re confident that we can put those findings into practice at Targa Wrest Point in the build up for the big one in March, Targa Tasmania. Both cars showed enormous potential at the last event and it was disappointing that we didn’t secure the overall results we were after.”

The Mazda3 Diesel of Peter Brown and Stuart Gamble will also compete at Targa Wrest Point and expectations are high after a ground-breaking result at Targa High Country, which saw a first ever Targa class win for a diesel.
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