GEARING UP for the closest finish in its history, just six points, just six points separate the top three outright drivers before Thursday night’s final round of the Shannons Targa Rallysprint series at Perth Motorplex.
It’s the most successful series since its inception in 2010-11, after organiser Ross Tapper checked out twilight sailing on Perth’s Swan River and decided to apply the same principle to rallying.
Paul Brockman. Image: CMR Photographic
This week’s event has 100+ entrants racing against the clock at 20-second intervals over a 3.25km course which is run four times. Leading the outright championship by four points is 31-year-old Paul Brockbank of Kardinya in a Mitsubishi Evo 6, ahead of Mark Greenham, 40, in a Mitsubishi Evo 9, with multiple Targa West winner Peter Major, 33, and his Porsche 996 Turbo two points back.
“I love the series and the adrenalin rush, nothing matches it. Plus it’s unbeatable value for money. I love the Bunbury Targa Sprint too, again for the cost, it’s unbeatable and a really awesome event. There’s absolutely no strategy to it, it’s just send it!” PAUL BROOKBANK, Kardinya.
The popularity of Rallysprint has been the catalyst for a resurgence in motorsport in Western Australia. The short Thursday-evening format is easy, affordable and more accessible to both first-time and seasoned tarmac rally competitors. Cars don’t need to be fitted with a roll cage or a harness (although, it’s recommended).
But all drivers and co-drivers do need a CAMS license, which is easily obtained by filling out a form.
“Once the helmet goes on, I only know one speed – I don’t really know how not to go as hard as possible. The car has been left in a corner since Round Three, so fingers crossed it’s all good.” PETER MAJOR, Wembley.
Points scored at the Rallysprint events count towards the 2019 Targa Cup Series: the Busselton Sprint April 6, Targa South West May 17-19, Targa Bunbury Sprint June 22-23, and Targa West August 8-11. All events are supported by Make Smoking History.
Rally action starts at 6.30pm Thursday and finishes by 9pm. Spectator entry is free.
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