A BUMPER CROWD turned out around the Perth Hills for the launch of Western Australia’s premiere tarmac rallying series.
Targa has grown its event portfolio from two events to 11 in recent years to include Quit Targa South West, GT Fabrication Targa Bunbury Sprint, Quit Targa West, Targa City Sprint and the Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series.
Motorsport legend Jim Richards (pictured above) is a regular competitor at Quit Targa West
The launch during the popular Kalamunda night markets attracted young and old to a great display of classic Mustangs next to exotic cars, and Ford Escorts alongside Holden HSVs, Mitsubishi Evos and Subaru WRXs.
Drivers and event organisers fielded questions from an enthusiastic crowd about the competition vehicles and Targa events, offering advice and direction to those looking to get started in tarmac rally – either behind the wheel or officiating.
“It was a great opportunity to share the excitement of tarmac rally with the wider community,” Targa West event director Ross Tapper said.
“This is the 13th year for Targa West and with the expansion of our event portfolio, the addition of a WA tarmac rally series – the WA Quit Targa Cup – the continued support from sponsors Healthway and Shannons Insurance and the addition of the new Targa Tour touring category, we’re confident of another fantastic year.”
The Targa Tour, which runs alongside Targa West, is open to all cars and is a great and cost-effective introduction to Targa events – it’s a spirited drive behind a lead car at 15 second intervals. All you need is a helmet and car!
Organisers now have a two-day Targa Rally and a one-day Targa Tour to make it easy for new competitors to enter the events at low cost, to see if it is the sport for them.
The Malaga Stage of Targa West on the morning of Sunday August 13 has increased entertainment for motorsport fans – drift cars putting on a smoking showcase of sideways action, in between runs of the rally cars!
“As far as the season goes, it’s important to note that we’ve created more events under one series – the Quit Targa Cup – and this has given competitors who have invested in their cars an opportunity to compete in a variety of events,” Ross Tapper said.
Quit Targa South West fires up the 2017 Targa season May 19-21 with a two-day rally program on closed roads, through WA‘s stunning Manjimup and Pemberton regions.
Entries are now open for the Busselton Rallysprint, Targa South West, Targa Bunbury and Targa West. Officials can also start registering for these events.
2017 Quit Targa West is proudly sponsored by Healthway and the Quit message.
April 22 Shannons Busselton Rallysprint
May 19-21 Quit Targa South West, Manjimup & Pemberton
June 24-25 GT Fabrication Targa Bunbury Sprint
July 16 Shannons Targa West Track Day and Sprint
August 10-13 Quit Targa West, Perth and Surrounds
August 13 Targa City Sprint
2017/18 Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series dates announced soon.
Media contact: DIANNE BORTELETTO, Pronto PR, 0439 997 075, [email protected]
Edited by AC.
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