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QUIT Targa West got underway this afternoon, with the running of the event prologue at the Perth Motorplex in Kwinana.
 
Competitors completed two laps of the 3.47 kilometer course, which was run to determine the start order for the rally.  The event officially kicks off tomorrow morning with the ceremonial start in Murray Street Mall from 8:30am.
 
South Australian Kevin Weeks (Lamborghini Superleggera) set the fastest combined time of the 85 car field, completing the two legs in 4m25.2s.
 
Australian motor sport legend Jim Richards (Porsche 911 GT2) was tied in second with West Australian local Steven Jones (Nissan Skyline GTR), both drivers finished one second behind Weeks.
 
With the event running in reverse order (slowest car to fastest) Weeks will be last car on the road and is expected to be waved away from Murray Street Mall just after 10:00am tomorrow morning.
 
In the Challenge categories Kym Illman (Porsche 997 Turbo) finished four seconds ahead of his closest rival Kevin Nicholls (Porsche 911 GT2) who was one second quicker than third placed Bruce Hawley (Nissan Skyline R34 GTR).
 
The Competition and Challenge sections will be further broken down into Modern (post-1982) and Classic (pre-1982) classes.
 
Competition cars are set up as competitive rally cars, each vehicle is equipped with a roll cage and full safety features. Challenge cars are standard road cars, which run without a roll cage and are speed restricted monitored by a GPS tracking system.
 
QUIT Targa West is one of the major Tarmac rallies in Australia, attracting some of the biggest names in Tarmac rallying with a field of some of the best cars in the country.
 
In its fourth year, the event will be held in the City of Perth and the surrounding shires of Kalamunda, Chittering and Toodyay.
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