|winning driver||Jason White|
|winning car||Lamborghini Gallardo|
Targa Tasmania is a tarmac-based rally event held on the island state of Tasmania, Australia, annually since 1992. The event takes its name from the Targa Florio, a former motoring event held on the island of Sicily. The competition concept is drawn directly from the best features of the Mille Miglia, the Coupe des Alpes and the Tour de Corse.
The rally started as a five-day event, and was run as a six-day event for the tenth anniversary in 2001. From 2002 it reverted to its five-day course. 2006 was the 15th anniversary and was also a 6-day event. 2011 was the 20th anniversary.
- Leg 0 (Prologue) - George Town to Launceston.
- Leg 1 Launceston - Sheffield - Launceston
- Leg 2 Launceston - St Helens - Launceston
- Leg 3 Launceston - Devonport - Strahan
- Leg 4 Strahan - Ulverstone to Strahan
- Leg 5 Strahan - New Norfolk - Hobart
In 2008 the course was substantially revised, a number of well liked stages from previous years are now used (Riana), and a number of all new stages were introduced (Mt Claude and Rossarden). Leg 3 was dropped by shortening the Leg 2 East Coast day ending back in Launceston (rather than Hobart). Leg 3 is another loop north out of Launceston (running through Devonport on this day). Leg 4 now runs from Launceston through the lunch stop at Burnie to the evening end at Strahan. It remains the longest tarmac rally in Australia with no repeated stages. Although a couple of stages will share the same piece of road in opposite directions on consecutive days.
The Targa is one of several Tarmac Rally events to be held in Australia. It also has had international connections with Targa New Zealand and Targa NewFoundland which have evolved since the inception of Targa Tasmania.
List of past winners
|1992||Greg Crick||Greg Preece||Honda NSX|
|1993||Greg Crick||Greg Preece||Honda NSX|
|1994||Andrew Miedecke||Alan Taylor||Porsche 944 Turbo Cup|
|1995||Neal Bates||Coral Taylor||Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST205)|
|1996||Jim Richards||Barry Oliver||Porsche 911 Turbo (993)|
|1997||Jim Richards||Barry Oliver||Porsche 911 Turbo (993)|
|1998||Jim Richards||Barry Oliver||Porsche 911 Turbo (993)|
|1999||Peter Fitzgerald||Michael Mansour||Porsche 911 Turbo (993)|
|2000||Jim Richards||Barry Oliver||Porsche 911 GT3 CS|
|2001||Jim Richards||Barry Oliver||Porsche 911 Turbo (996)|
|2002||Jim Richards||Barry Oliver||Porsche 911 Turbo (996)|
|2003||Jim Richards||Barry Oliver||Porsche 911 GT3 CS|
|2004||Tony Sullens||Julia Rabbett||Subaru Impreza WRX STi S202|
|2005||Jason White||John White||Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec N1 (R34)|
|2006||Jim Richards||Barry Oliver||Porsche 911 GT2 CS (996)|
|2007||Tony Sullens||Julia Barkley||Subaru Impreza WRX Type RA (GC8)|
|2008||Steve Glenney||Bernie Webb||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX RS|
|2009||Tony Quinn||Naomi Tillett||Nissan GT-R|
|2010||Jason White||John White||Lamborghini Gallardo Reiter Super Trofeo Strata|
|2011||Tony Quinn||Naomi Tillett||Nissan GT-R|
|2012||Jason White||John White||Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale|
|2013||Jason White||John White||Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale|
|2014||Jamie Vandenberg||Dennis Sims||Nissan GT-R|
|1998||Peter Fitzgerald||Michael Petersen||Porsche 356|
|1999||Robert White||Angus Macleod||Sunbeam Tiger|
|2000||Jeremy Browne||Stella Plenderleith||Lancia Fulvia|
|2001||Paul Stuart||Mark Connolly||Porsche 911|
|2002||Rex Broadbent||Michael Goedheer||Porsche 911 RSR|
|2003||Graham Copeland||Jon Siddens||Datsun 1800SSS|
|2004||Nick Ellis||Tracy Williams||Ford Escort RS2000|
|2005||Michael Conway||Simon Gardiner||Ford Escort RS2000|
|2006||Ian Morris||Alex Molocznyk||1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6|
|2007||Rex Broadbent||Michael Goedheer||1974 Porsche 911 RS|
|2008||Rex Broadbent||Lilleyman||1974 Porsche 911 RS|
Notable past and current competitors have included Andrew Miedecke, Barry Sheene, Bob Wollek, Denny Hulme, Dick Johnson, Glenn Ridge, Greg Crick, Gregg Hansford, Sir Jack Brabham, Jim Richards, Jochen Mass, Steven Richards, Michael Doohan, Murray Walker, Neal Bates, Peter Brock, Peter Fitzgerald, Roger Clark, Rusty French, Sandro Munari, Sir Stirling Moss, Alister McRae, Walter Röhrl and Eric Bana. The first person with a spinal cord injury to compete in the rally was Australian wheelchair rugby player Nazim Erdem.
- Targa Tasmania 2008 Results by Rally Results
- Targa Tasmania 2007 Results by Rally Results
- Targa Tasmania 2006 Results by Rally Results
- Targa Tasmania by Peter Hall, telegraph.co.uk
- "Nazim Erdem". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- Targa Tasmania website
- Eric Bana guns it to Max | Herald Sun
- Team RedBackRacing website
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|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2007)|