2018 Targa Tasmania preview

ZOOM: Multiple Targa Tasmania champions Jason and John White. Picture: Angryman Photography
ZOOM: Multiple Targa Tasmania champions Jason and John White. Picture: Angryman Photography

Targa Tasmania will keep the North’s motor sport mania rolling on into next week.

Following a weekend of Supercars action at Symmons Plains, the 27th iconic tarmac rally will kick off from Holwell for another year on Monday. 

About 285 cars will travel more than 2000 kilometres throughout the six days and go head-to-head across close to 40 competitive stages.

Event director Mark Perry said 130 of those cars will not exceeding the speed limit – instead touring the state at a leisurely pace.

He said no significant changes have been made to the course, with the only amendment of interest being a return to “Rosebery original”.

“Back in the heyday the Rosebery stage used to go over Mount Black, through the town and then out the other side in one big stage,” Perry said.

“We’ve brought that back this year for a bit of historical significance of that stage, barring one change being that the town itself will be one big speed zone.

“We’re not spending the night in Burnie his year, we’re spending an extra night in Launcetson, which is good for the economy.”

The George Town super stage will again be a highlight of the opening day before the rally moves onto the North-West on Tuesday.

Wednesday starts from The Sideling and will proceed along the East Coast, taking in the Weldborough and Elephant passes before spending the proceeding two days back in the North-West in towns such as Burnie, Rosebery, Strahan, Queenstown and Tarraleah.

The sixth and final leg will start at Tinderbox and finish in Hobart where the 2018 champion will be crowned on Saturday.

Cars are expected to arrive at the Hobart waterfront from 11am with a champagne celebration to take place about 1pm.

Perry said Targa was a major tourism event for the state and that more entrants were choosing to tour rather than race.

“The event’s ongoing transition back to what many people would say it’s original intention, which was a lot of enthusiast enjoying the roads continues,” he said.

2018 SUMMARY 

  • Monday | Leg 1: Holwell-Kayena-George Town.
  • Tuesday | Leg 2: High Plains-Sheffield-Nook-Moriarty-Paloona-Mount Roland.
  • Wednesday | Leg 3: The Sideling-Moorina-Weldborough Pass-Pyengana-Elephant Pass-Rossarden.
  • Thursday | Leg 4: Cethana-Castra-Gunns Plains-Riana-Burnie-Hellyer Gorge-Rosebery original.
  • Friday | Leg 5: Strahan-Queenstown-Mount Arrowsmith-Tarraleah-Molesworth-Grasstree Hill.
  • Saturday | Leg 6: Tinderbox-Pelverata-Gardners Bay-Oyster Cove-Cygnet-Longley-Hobart.