Reeves to head up Hyundai’s Targa Tasmania campaign
- 21st March 2019, 10:11am
“I’m really excited about Targa because I’ve been working with Hyundai for over two years helping develop the i30 N as a road car, and now I get to race it in arguably the best tarmac rally in the world.“I was excited about this car right from the start because it’s a hot-hatch and that’s what I’ve grown up rallying; it’s what I’m used to driving,” Reeves added. “The i30 N, with its driver-adjustable suspension, will help us to adapt the car to the changeable weather conditions which are one of the big challenges of Targa. “It’s part of the plan to use the standard suspension so when it’s wet we can soften the car with the N custom mode, or when it’s dry we can stiffen the suspension up, just by touching a button. “We’ll be in the GT2 class, which is effectively the outright class, so we’ll definitely be batting above our weight. We’re aiming for a top 10 result, and if we can get into the top five by the end of the weeklong event that would be awesome.
“You’re racing against supercars, so it’s always a challenge, but if we can stay in there for the long haul and get to the finish, we should get a really good result,” Reeves said.Caltex is the first sponsor onboard to support the factory Hyundai effort providing Vortex fuel and Havoline lubricants for Reeves’s i30 N tarmac rally car. A trio of newly launched i30 Fastback N media cars will be entered in the non-competitive Targa Tour class for the Australian motoring press. “The i30 N hot hatchback’s giant-killing ability matched with Brendan Reeves’ extensive rally experience makes a potent pairing for Hyundai Australia’s first entry in an Australian motorsport event,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, JW Lee said. “We are excited at the potential for a strong result in the grueling Targa Tasmania event, and to prove the performance and durability of the i30 N amidst fierce competition.” The 2019 event marks the 28th running of Targa Tasmania, Australia’s premier tarmac rally event. Now a six-day epic set on the uniquely challenging and picturesque roads of Tasmania, Targa Tasmania caters to touring, regularity and outright competitors in vintage, classic, early modern and modern vehicles.
More Hyundai news:https://rallysportmag.com/hyundai-i20-r5-on-its-way-to-australia/
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