Renault Meganes to contest Targa High Country
- 25th October 2012, 3:04pm
The two-car team from RedBack Racing will be led by Australians Adam Spence and Erin Kelly, while the second car will be an international pairing, with Indonesian, Bunjamin Noor, to be joined by co-driver, the UK’s Lee Challoner-Miles.
The Renaults will contest the Showroom competition, for two-wheel drive production cars, at Targa High Country, and then the final two rounds of the championship, Targa Wrest Point in January and Targa Tasmania in April.
Spence drove a Renault Spider at Targa Tasmania earlier this year, and is looking forward to again getting behind the wheel and heading up the two-car onslaught.
“The team jointly selected the Renault Megane R.S. 250s as we believe they are the car of choice for the Showroom class of the Australian Targa Championship,” Spence said.
“They are the fastest 2WD vehicle available under $100,000. I believe we have all the right ingredients to be serious contenders in the 2013 Australian Targa Championship.”
Renault Australia’s Managing Director, Justin Hocevar, is thrilled to have the two Meganes competing in Australia’s premier tarmac rally series.
“We are very excited to see RedBack Racing competing in the upcoming Australian Targa Championship with the award-winning Mégane R.S. 250. We wish them all the very best for the championship and we are confident the Mégane R.S. 250 is up to the challenge,” he said.
Noor, from Jakarta in Indonesia, competed in Targa Tasmania in April, and will fly in to Victoria for Targa High Country.
Spence finished third in the Showroom category at last year’s Targa High Country, and second in the championship. His assault on this year’s series has the support of RDA/EBC Brakes, Hi-Tec Batteries, Motul and Corporate Impressions Australia.
“I would also like to thank our other sponsors, Nuance, Cyara, World Manuals and Holly Connects for their continued support,” Spence said.
With over 150 entries, Targa High Country will begin at 4.30pm with a stage around the streets of Mansfield in Victoria’s north east on Friday, November 9. The popular Targafest will follow in the town’s main street until 8pm, before two days of closed road tarmac stages based from the Mt Buller event headquarters.
Saturday's competition will feature eight Targa stages covering 94 competitive kilometres, while a further eight stages awaits crews on the final day.
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