Targa Wrest Point all go and filling fast
- 16th May 2009, 5:58pm
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 â€œmini-Targaâ€ was held again, despite the current economic environment which has lead to the cancelation of a number of tarmac rallies around the country.
â€œPeople really loved this yearâ€™s Targa Tasmania, and they know as an organisation, we deliver value for money when putting on events,â€ 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.
â€œThe 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,â€ Perry said.
â€œThe 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.â€ Perry said.
â€œSo it is great value, the roads are fantastic, and people are voting with their wallets. Weâ€™ve been overwhelmed with the response. Already we have over 90 entries, and Iâ€™m sure the last forty spots will go quickly, and weâ€™ll have a waiting list.
â€œWeâ€™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.
â€œWhen we ran the event last year for the first time, we said weâ€™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 yearâ€™s event attracted 116 cars and injected more than $3 million into the southern Tasmanian economy.
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