The organisers of the highly successful Targa Tasmania have confirmed that the sister event to the iconic tarmac rally, Targa Wrest Point, will go ahead again in 2010.

The two-day event debuted on the Australian motorsport calendar in 2009 and was an instant hit with competitors and fans.

Already competitors are flooding in for the Hobart-based event with just 40 spots remaining of the in a field limited to 130 cars. The event will be held on the weekend of January 30 and 31, and utilize many of the Targa stages of years gone by, around Hobart itself and to the South in the Huon region.

Event director, Mark Perry, said that throughout the recent running of Targa Tasmania, he was urged to ensure the “mini-Targa” was held again, despite the current economic environment which has lead to the cancelation of a number of tarmac rallies around the country.

“People really loved this year’s Targa Tasmania, and they know as an organisation, we deliver value for money when putting on events,” Perry said.

Targa Wrest Point will be run over 14 stages across 200 competitive kilometres, including the highly-rated Arve Rd to the Tahune Airwalk stage.

“The Tahune Airwalk Road was a massive success this year with competitors as was the lunch at the Airwalk. In using this area we can offer and exciting and challenging course whilst reducing the level of inconvenience caused in running the event,” Perry said.

“The compact format of the rally allows people to be back on the Spirit of Tasmania and heading home on Sunday night, back in the office on Monday morning if necessary.” Perry said.

“So it is great value, the roads are fantastic, and people are voting with their wallets. We’ve been overwhelmed with the response. Already we have over 90 entries, and I’m sure the last forty spots will go quickly, and we’ll have a waiting list.

“We’re very lucky to have a lot of things going for us in this event. We have a great sponsor in Wrest Point, we have a great location in Hobart, so people can come and stay here and not have to move around, and we have terrific roads all close by.

“When we ran the event last year for the first time, we said we’d wait and see how it went, look at what was happening in the world, and then see if we could make a go of it again. Everything has come together and I think this event is now here to stay.

Targa Wrest Point will be open to modern, showroom and classic cars. Last year’s event attracted 116 cars and injected more than $3 million into the southern Tasmanian economy.

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