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Targa Bam­bina’s three-day for­mat is de­signed to sim­u­late a mini Targa New Zealand – chal­leng­ing, but not too de­mand­ing and a great way to pre­pare for Targa New Zealand in Oc­to­ber

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ay One starts with a leisurely tour from the Simunovich Olive Es­tate, with the first stage be­ing held over smooth ru­ral roads. High­lights on the day will in­clude the de­mand­ing Lake Waikare stage as the field heads to­wards Thames to tackle the Coro­man­del Climb, a stage that winds up and over a moun­tain range — ten kilo­me­tres of side­ways heaven! The day fin­ishes in the pic­turesque town of Whi­tianga. The fol­low­ing day, the Targa cars take on Pump­kin Hill be­fore head­ing to­wards Tairua. The day’s ac­tion in­cludes sev­eral wellused Targa stages such as Rich­mond Downs, while the fi­nal stage of the day sees Targa en­ter­ing the realm of Mid­dle Earth for a blast around Hob­biton. There’s no truth to the ru­mour that Bilbo Bag­gins will be on hand as a block mar­shal on this stage. The day fin­ishes in Ro­torua at the Ry­dges Ho­tel. For the fi­nal day, Targa prom­ise some­thing new to keep com­peti­tors on their toes be­fore get­ting back to some favourite roads — here the driv­ers will have to con­tend with slip­pery roads and sun­strike. How­ever, the un­doubted high­light of the day will be the marathon Ngakuru/waikite Val­ley stage — at 67 kilo­me­tres this stage will pro­vide for a truly ex­hil­a­rat­ing drive. Fi­nally, the cars swing back to Ro­torua for the grand fin­ish. Targa Bam­bina in­cludes over 400 kilo­me­tres of spe­cial stages and only 640 kilo­me­tres of tour­ing — all over three ac­tion­packed days; a wor­thy pre­lude to the Ul­ti­mate Road Race that is the main Targa NZ later this year.

Gra­ham Macdon­ald and co-driver John Mul­ren­nan have taken part in a num­ber of Targa Ral­lies since 2005. They are look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of the new South Is­land roads, as are their ser­vice crew of An­drew Walker and Jol Wiren. This year marks the fifth ma­jor rally in their trusty 1990 BMW 320i. The BMW is es­sen­tially stan­dard, which is a re­quire­ment for the BMW Race Driver Se­ries, so the team will be work­ing a lot harder to stay ahead of some of the highly-mod­i­fied Targa com­pe­ti­tion! The team would like to thank KITCHENMANIA for sup­port­ing its race and rally en­deav­ours over the past year, as well as Hick Bros, Attwoods Pack­ag­ing, and P & S Au­to­mo­tive for their con­tin­u­ing as­sis­tance. Fol­low the team’s progress at kitchen­ma­niaraceteam.word­press.com.

KITCHENMANIA, Unit 1, 20 Sylvia Park Road, Mt Welling­ton, Auck­land Phone: 09 588 4045 Web­site: kitchenmania.co.nz

Leigh wel­comes Ben aboard for this event in the ab­sence of Simon Kirk­patrick, who is ac­com­pa­ny­ing his fam­ily over­seas. ‘Ho­drive’ has had its body straight­ened, plus en­gine is­sues ad­dressed and tuned af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with a bank on the first day of Targa South Is­land. All sys­tems ran well in the re­cent South Auck­land Targa Sprint with the as­sis­tance of Mach 1 En­gi­neer­ing (Rick Grey), GDS Au­to­mo­tive, and Team Rally Art. Leigh says, “The team is look­ing for­ward to the Bam­bina and some of the chal­leng­ing roads along the route, par­tic­u­larly around the Coro­man­del with its spec­tac­u­lar scenery — not that there’s much time to look!

19 Tamariki Av­enue, Orewa

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