South Australia will host the opening round of this year’s CAMS Australian Targa Championship with the Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide kicking off the four round series on September 14.
It is the first time the Targa series, organised by Octagon Australia, will be run under the auspices of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
Classic cars, built before 1986, will contest four events, with Targa High Country at Mt Buller in Victoria from November 4 to 6, Targa Wrest Point in Hobart from January 28 and 29, and Targa Tasmania from April 17 to 22, joining the South Australian round. Modern cars will only contest the final three events.
In a further boost, Classic Targa Adelaide has secured the support of local steel building systems manufacturer, Supaloc, which becomes the naming rights sponsor, adding its backing to an event supported by the State Government through Events South Australia.
Course details have also been revealed with the Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide being based out of the Goyder Pavilion at the Adelaide Event and Exhibition Centre in Wayville. The Prologue will be held on Wednesday, September 14 with cars then tackling 25 stages across 225 kilometres, finishing on Saturday afternoon (September 17).
Octagon’s Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, Sean Nicholls, believes the backing of CAMS will bring added stature to the series.
“The Targa format of tarmac rallying has been going from strength to strength over the past three years, growing out of Targa Tasmania to now include four events in three states, and I think even more competitors will be attracted to it now that it has the backing of the premier national motor sport body in CAMS,” Nicholls said.
“We believe the move to CAMS is a win-win situation. CAMS endorsement brings with it a broader recognition of its national championship status, while we obviously bring the biggest national series in any form of motor sport in this country under its wing.”
With over 300 entrants scoring points in the inaugural series that concluded in April with the 20th running of Targa Tasmania, CAMS President, Andrew Papadopoulos, says the championship has earned the right to be considered among the most significant titles on offer in Australian motor sport.
“Tarmac rallying is a real growth area of Australian motor sport,” Papadopoulos said.
“CAMS is delighted to be adding its weight to further develop the sport. The Targa events have wide appeal, representing a range of marques and eras that attracts many competitors and has wide media and spectator appeal.