Archive for the ‘Targa Tasmania’ Category

To finish first, first you have to finish

As many of you will know, especially those who follow AUSmotive on twitter and Facebook, I have been away for Targa Tasmania this past week. I was working as service crew for some friends of mine who were going really well. Indeed, they were flying, setting personal best times stage after stage. Alas, as the […]

Targa Tasmania 2012: Day 5 update

Jason and John White have overcome final day electrical gremlins to claim their third Targa Tasmania title today (2005, 2010, 2012)—their second at the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo. The Whites started the day losing ground to Tony Quinn (Nissan GT-R) in the morning’s opening two stages and saw almost half of their 2 minute […]

Targa Tasmania 2012: Lamborghini v Audi

With thanks to Tasmania’s Southern Cross TV we can bring you this excellent in-car comparison from Targa Tasmania. On top of screen is Jason White in a Lamborghini Gallardo, below is Matt Close in an Audi TT RS. At the time, White was leading the event in Modern outright and Close was in third place. […]

Targa Tasmania 2012: Day 4 update

As we type the Targa Tasmania crews will be tackling the final day of competition, including the monster 58.55km Mt Arrowsmith stage. We bring you three videos to show what happened on Day 4. Well, mostly. Matt Close crashed his Audi TT RS on the Riana stage and injured his back. According to the official […]

Targa Tasmania 2012: Day 3 update

As Targa Tasmania enters its fourth day here’s an update of what happened on Day 3. Mostly it was a good day for the leaders of the two main categories, with both Jason White (Lamborghini Gallardo) and Rex Broadbent (1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS) extending their leads in the Modern and Classic outright classes respectively. […]

Targa Tasmania 2012: Day 2 update

Wet weather greeted the field in Targa Tasmania on Day 2 of competition. Sadly, that meant a fair bit of bent metal, as you’ll see in the videos below. Jason White continues to lead the Modern outright class in his Lambo. He enjoys a 48 second buffer to defending champ Tony Quinn in a Nissan […]

Targa Tasmania 2012: Day 1 update

Targa Tasmania began in earnest yesterday. As you can see Matt Rickards didn’t make the best of starts having a minor off in his Mazda RX8-SP in the early part of the day. At the end of the day Jason White (Lamborghini Gallardo) held a 13 second lead in the Modern outright category over Tony […]

Targa Tasmania 2012: Day 0 update

If you’ve not been paying attention you’ll have missed that Targa Tasmania started earlier in the week. We’ve not helped the cause by being a bit lax with our updates. To help make up there’s a selection of videos after the break showing the action from Day 0, otherwise known as Prologue day. It’s a […]

Mazda Motorsports ready for Targa Tasmania

Mazda has announced they will be entering three cars in this year’s Targa Tasmania, which starts next week. Driving two specially prepared turbocharged Mazda RX-8 SPs (pictured above during last year’s prologue) will be young rally-ace Brendan Reeves and newcomer Matt Rickards. They will be guided by experienced navigators Rhiannon Smyth and Bernie Webb respectively. […]

Left four and a half after crest!

It’s a tough gig being a navigator in a competitive rally. Especially if your driver misses a call. Thankfully, in this footage from Targa Tasmania, driver Kym Illman and navigator Kirrilee Gentleman were not injured and we can indulge a few lighthearted moments. Although, let’s hope Kirrilee is wearing a HANS device when she next […]

Porsche takes a look at Targa Tasmania 2011

At this year’s Targa Tasmania rally Porsche was celebrating two anniversaries, the first being the 20th running of Tasmania’s ultimate tarmac rally, the second being the 60th anniversary of Porsche in Australia. The Porsche Musuem shipped over at least four cars to Australia to run in the event, including the iconic 911 SC to be […]

Targa Tasmania 2011: Day 4 & 5 update

Tony Quinn and Naomi Tillett today held on to win their second Targa Tasmania rally in three years. In their Nissan GT-R the 2009 champs carried a comfortable lead into the final day and drove well to secure victory by 3 minutes and 39 seconds. Wet weather on the last two days certainly provided tough […]

Targa Tasmania 2011: Day 3 update

After another dramatic day on Tasmania’s roads it now appears as though the 2011 Targa Tasmania title is Tony Quinn’s to lose. At the wheel of his Nissan GT-R, the 2009 Targa winner has extended his lead in the modern outright category to over two minutes. The Audi TT RS of Matt Close remains in […]

Targa Tasmania 2011: Day 2 update

Targa Tasmania claimed some big scalps today, enabling Tony Quinn (Nissan GT-R) to extend his lead in the Modern outright category to healthy 1 minute 32 seconds. Quinn’s closest rivals, Jason White (Lamborghini Gallardo) and  Steve Glenney (Mazda RX8 SP), both suffered dramas today and sit outside of the top 10. Matt Close (Audi TT […]

Targa Tasmania 2011: Day 1 update

Tony Quinn leads Targa Tasmania after Day 1 of the island rally. Negotiating his Nissan GT-R successfully through the opening day the 2009 Targa Tasmania winner holds a narrow three second lead in the modern outright category. In second place is yesterday’s Prologue winner Jason White. Sitting nicely in third, 27 seconds behind the leader, […]