Drivers steel for speed
South Australia has a leg in the tarmac rally championship
AUSTRALIA is to have a new national motor sport championship.
The CAMS Australian Targa Championship for tarmac rally cars will kick off with the new Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide in September.
The event replaces the former Classic Adelaide Rally, which ran into financial difficulties two years ago. It is being run by promoter Octagon, which has earned its reputation with Targa Tasmania.
A portfolio of Octagon’s events has been linked and the series has won CAMS endorsement to become an Australian championship.
The championship for classic cars will include the Adelaide event in September, Targa High Country at Mt Buller, Victoria, in November, Targa Wrest Point in Hobart in January and Targa Tasmania in April.
A championship for modern cars will be held on the latter three. Octagon’s managing director Sean Nicholls says there is no plan to add a modern competition category to the Adelaide event.
The targa format of rallying has been going from strength to strength over the past three years, growing out of Targa Tasmania,’’ Nicholls says. More competitors will be attracted to it now that it has the backing of CAMS.’’
CAMS president Steve Papadopoulos says the Australian Targa Championship would be a significant title in Australian motor sport. Tarmac rallying is a real growth area,’’ he says.
Nicholls says there are 100 entries so far for the Adelaide event and 100 more are anticipated. The Adelaide prologue will be on September 14, followed by three days of competition which could be extended to four days next year.
The Adelaide event has drawn naming rights sponsorship from steel building system Supaloc – a South Australian firm run by Kevin Weeks, a three-time winner of the former Classic Adelaide Rally in his 1974 Porsche RS. He also won Targa High Country last year in a modern Lamborghini.
Off tarmac: JamesOwenand Jason Williams in their 1968 Triumph TR5 in this year’s Targa Tasmania