Targa changes keep competitors happy
- 4th March 2008, 1:39pm
With only weeks before the April 15 start of Australia’s ultimate tarmac rally, organisers are being praised for their work to make Targa Tasmania a more competitor friendly event.
The 17th anniversary of the rally will see a rejuvenated course to allow more Tasmanian communities to enjoy the event, while also cutting down the transportation legs of the five day event.
Knut Brokelmann, formally from Germany, is happy with the refreshed course of Targa Tasmania.
“It sounds fantastic to me,” the 1994 Porsche 968 CS driver said.
“Mark Perry [event director] is doing a great job. He’s involving all of the competitors, which is a good start, and these changes mean there’s not so much up and down [transport legs] which is nice.”
During the 17 years of the event, the course had grown to over 2000 kilometres.
This year’s revised course has trimmed transportation kilometres by 10 per cent.
The iconic event is well known in the rallying world and continues to attract competitors not only from Australia, but also from the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.
“There’s not a lot of tarmac opportunities over in Germany… Targa’s the number one event for us,” Brokelmann added.
Brokelmann and his team will arrive in Tasmania early in April for the April 15 start in Launceston, and hopes to make a strong finish in Hobart on April 20.
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