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Renault Sport and motoring.com.au have joined forces to tackle the 2013 Targa Tasmania.

The new squad's weapon of choice will be Australia's most lauded hot hatch – the Megane Renault Sport 265. The team will compete in the iconic tarmac rally event's hard-fought Showroom category.

"We're extremely excited to field an official Renault Sport team in Targa Tasmania," Renault Australia's Marketing Director, Chris Bayman stated.

"Renault Sport is committed to motorsport at both elite and grass roots levels. We have just announced our re-entry into the Australian Rally Championship but we're keen to see the brand strut its stuff in tarmac competition as well.

"Targa Tasmania is an event of world standing and our presence at the event is a key part of our commitment to motorsport Down Under. That we've been able to partner with motoring.com.au for the event is very pleasing," Bayman stated.

motoring.com.au is carsales.com Ltd's editorial arm. Via motoring.com.au, carsales.com Ltd will be Renault Sport's automotive media partner for the April 16-21 Targa tilt.

The Renault Sport motoring.com.au squad will be supported by Walkinshaw Performance. The partnership with Renault Sport is the first factory alliance Walkinshaw Performance has entered locally outside the GM fold.

Renault Sport will field two Megane RS 265s at Targa Tasmania driven by Channel 7 personality Grant Denyer and motoring.com.au and carsales' Editor in Chief, Mike Sinclair. Top-flight Aussie co-drivers, and Renault Sport's ARC rally team members, Dale Moscatt and Bill Hayes, will partner Denyer and Sinclair.

Both crews are experienced Targa competitors.

"I'm extremely excited to be heading back to Targa. I've done a fair bit of motorsport and there's nothing that's quite like the Tassie event," Denyer said.

"It's the Bathurst of tarmac rallies and the event that everybody wants to win... And the Megane RS 265 is the perfect tool for that job.

"We're going down there with a job to do, but I'm also looking forward to having some fun along the way," the Channel 7 star stated.

Renault Sport's entry into Targa Tasmania is part of the brand's ramp up of motorsport involvement Down Under. Renault Sport and Walkinshaw Performance will support a number of privateer competitors in addition to the two-car factory team.

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