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Launceston Jaguar dealer, Ben Newman, will be behind the wheel of the manufacturer’s magnificent 2014 F-TYPE Coupe R when it makes its competition debut in next month’s Targa High Country.

Ben Newman will drive the new Jaguar F-Type Coupe R.Based in northeast Victoria, Targa High Country has a field of nearly 200 cars, jam-packed with vehicles that will have motoring enthusiasts salivating as competitors tackle three days of fast-paced tarmac stages.

Newman and his co-driver, Neil Buckby Motors dealer principal, Crichton Lewis, are Targa regulars, although normally at the wheel of a Subaru.

Now, he has the chance to drive the Jaguar on the testing stages around Mt Buller.

“As someone who has the privilege to sell Jaguars to motoring enthusiasts, it’s fantastic to get the opportunity to drive the new F-TYPE Coupe R where most of our clients would love to – on the closed roads of Victoria’s north east,” Newman said.

“We’ll be driving the car in the new Sports Trophy competition, alongside cars from manufacturers such as Lotus, Porsche, BMW and Maserati.

“I’m sure that the new Jaguar will more than hold its own.”

“But equally, I’m sure that those coming out to see all the Targa cars will love to see our car in the flesh.”

Jaguar is the official vehicle supplier for Targa Australia, with their cars also being used as course vehicles in Targa Wrest Point and Targa Tasmania, held earlier this year.

“As an Event Partner for the upcoming Targa High Country, we are pleased to be supplying the course vehicles for our third Targa event in 2014,” Mark Eedle, Jaguar’s Brand Manager said.

“For the first time, we will be showing off the F-TYPE Coupé R, the pinnacle of the F-TYPE range.

“For over 90 years, Jaguar has pushed the boundaries of what is possible. Every Jaguar is created to feel alive, and what better way to feel alive than to be supporting Targa High Country at the astonishing heights atop Mt. Buller, some 1800 meters above sea level, and offering one of the most challenging and exciting hill climbs in the country?”

Targa High Country starts from Mt Buller on Friday, November 7, ready for three days of intense tarmac rally competition that will culminate on the mountain on Sunday, November 9.

The event heads towards Euroa for the first time, with a lunch stop there on Friday, while the traditional street stage in Mansfield has moved to Saturday afternoon after the run to Whitfield and back.

Eildon hosts the Sunday lunch spot, the final chance to catch all the cars before they head to Mt Buller and the finish line celebrations on Sunday afternoon.

For spectator information and to download the official program, go to www.targa.com.au

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