Targa Great Barrier Reef course revealed
The route for the second edition of the highly anticipated Targa Great Barrier Reef has been revealed.
Again comprising three legs with the stunning backdrop of Tropical North Queensland around Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands, the event features an expanded route from that used in the inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef in 2018.
Running from August 30 to September 1, the main changes focus on day two – Saturday, August 31 – with the inclusion of the Mareeba and Springmount stages.
The town of Mareeba, renowned for its diverse range of crops, coffee and nuts and a host of key tourist attractions, will also act as the lunch stop for Leg 2.
“We are delighted with how the final make-up of the course has come together,” Targa Australia chief executive Mark Perry said.
“Course design in Targa events tends to be evolution, not revolution, so the extras included this year certainly further enhance an already excellent course from 2018.
“I think the inclusion of the Mareeba section will provide exciting and new challenges for competitors and also some great spectating opportunities for the fans.
“Our team has worked incredibly hard with local authorities to finalise what we believe will become one of the best tarmac rally events in the world.
“It is already acclaimed by our large competitor base as one of their favouriteevents after the success of the maiden 2018 Targa Great Barrier Reef event.”
The rally again commences with the short 6.01km run through Green Hill before a further four stages, Gillies Range (19.47km), Little Mulgrave (19.47km), Lake Morris (11.52km) and Copperlode (11.52km) complete Leg 1.
Leg 2 features the new additions with Targa Stage (TS) 6 Springmount (6.14km) kicking off the day followed by the 7.33km Mareeba run ahead of the lunch stage in the idyllic tablelands town.
The afternoon then sees the rally move to the 6.14km Upper Barron, 8.46km North Johnstone and Yungaburra (6.57km) tests.
Leg 3 commences with the mighty Kuranda Range TS11 stage comprising 11.31km followed by the 13.50km of Malanda, 14.55km (Moregatta), 28.81km each of Millaa Millaa and Palmerston before the event ends with the 16th special stage, Theresa Creek (14.55km).
The second running of Targa Great Barrier Reef includes a total of 214.17km of intense and challenging competitive stages.
More than 280 entries have been attracted for the event, a huge increase over the inaugural year when the number of cars was capped at 215.
TGBR is the third round of the CAMS Targa Australian Rally Championship that began earlier in the year with Targa North West (Tasmania) and the iconic Targa Tasmania.
The final round is the 10th anniversary running of Targa High Country in north eastern Victoria from November 8-10. Course details at: www.targa.com.au