Quinn the man to beat in Targa High Country
- 2nd November 2011, 11:55am
As round one of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship, there will be millions of dollars worth of supercars on display in the event’s DBA Modern competition.
Featuring cars built from 2003 to 2011, a host of the world’s fastest machines, including Lamborghinis, Porsches, Nissans and Audis will be in action.
As the first round of the championship, the top contenders know a strong start in the series is vital if they are to be in contention at the final round, Targa Tasmania, in April 2012.
Quinn, who also won Targa Tasmania this year, will face his biggest threat for victory this weekend from the brand new 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stadale of Tasmania’s Jason White.
With 2010 Targa High Country winner, Kevin Weeks, missing from the entry list, Quinn and White are expected to go head-to-head in their four-wheel drive rockets.
However, with fine and sunny conditions forecast over the two days of competition, the four-wheel drive Lamborghini and Nissan won’t have it all their own way.
Australian motor racing legend, Jim Richards, will relish the dry conditions in his 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Richards couldn’t quite match the pace of the Lamborghinis at last year’s event, but will be better off for the experience on the north-east Victorian roads this time around. The eight-time Targa Tasmania winner has a new car for this event, which might give him the extra speed he needs to win.
Matt Close’s 2010 Audi TT RS is also incredibly fast, as is the Australian designed and built Skelta G-Force S/C of Queenslander Marcus Nuutinen. Both cars are more than capable of taking a top five finish.
A smattering of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions, Subaru WRXs and Porsches boost the entry list, while the crowd favourite is expected to be the 2009 Holden HSV Maloo ute of Toby Gill, one of three utes in the field.
With nearly 170 entries, Targa High Country will begin with a stage around the streets of Mansfield in Victoria’s north east on Friday November 4. The popular Targafest will follow in the town’s main street from 4pm, before two days of closed road tarmac stages.
Saturday's competition will feature eight Targa stages covering 94 competitive kilometres, while a further eight stages awaits crews on the final day.
The event finishes with a champagne finish on the top of Victoria's premier ski resort, Mt Buller.
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