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South Australia will again host the opening round of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship next year with Supaloc Targa Adelaide to be held from August 21 to 25.

The rally attracted the best modern and classic Targa cars from across the country in August this year, and organiser, Octagon, is confident it will grow in 2013.

Series director, Mark Perry, believes the huge crowd that turned up at the Adelaide Showgrounds to watch the cars under lights on August 22 demonstrated that the people of South Australia are ready to embrace Targa racing.

“Targa came to Adelaide for the first time in 2011 as a classics only event, but this year we also added modern cars,’’ Perry said.

“We had 25,000 people turn up for the street stage this year at Wayville, which just blew us away, and convinced us that the sport has a big future in Adelaide.

“We’ve got tremendous support from South Australian Tourism, who share our vision for the event.

“We are working on developing the course even further in 2013, adding more competitive kilometres and spreading the economic impact that flows from having 150 cars and support crews to more areas around the state.

“The Showgrounds night stage allowed us to bring Targa racing to the heart of one of the country’s major cities. This can’t be done anywhere else and it has certainly opened the eyes of many as to what can be done in the future in Adelaide.

“We can’t announce course details yet as securing roads and stages is a long and consultative process, but we are very excited about the potential of the event in 2013 and some of the real innovations, again close to the heart of the city, that we might be able to introduce.”

The CAMS Australian Targa Championship is a four round series that includes Supaloc Targa Adelaide, Targa High Country at Mt Buller, Targa Wrest Point in Hobart and Targa Tasmania. It is the largest national motorsport championship in the country, attracting over 300 entrants.

Round two of the 2012/13 championship, Targa High Country, will take place from November 9 to 11.
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