CAMS Australian Targa Championship

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CAMS Australian Targa Championship

#1 Post by Wayno » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:34 pm

Adelaide perfect for Targa season opener

Runs from Aug 22-26 2012. Only $10 entry to the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds on Aug 22! I saw a printed version of the showground circuit, and it ducks & weaves through many showground alleyways, not just laps of the oval. Organisers have mapped out a 1.5km "lap" inside the showground for cars to go around twice to create a 3km prologue for the rally. Cars leave at 30-second intervals and rip past showground buildings such as the Goyder Pavilion, woodcutting arena and beef cattle sheds, plus a loop in what is the carnival area of the Royal Show.
Supaloc Targa Adelaide, which made its debut as part of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship in 2011 as a classics-only round of the series, incorporates modern cars as well in 2012, and is set to be a magnificent test of driver and car, no matter what the vintage, when it gets underway this Wednesday.

The five-day test gets starts at the Adelaide Showgrounds with a special night stage, then heads to the hills for a further 29 stages before ending back in the city on Sunday afternoon.

Adelaide is as close to the perfect place to run a tarmac rally as any place on earth - a cosmopolitan city with major tourism infrastructure, a vibrant and engaged population, home to major media outlets and surrounded by magnificent, testing roads in brilliant countryside, all within 30 minutes access from the heart of the city itself.

While the city has a history of hosting tarmac rally events, this year, event organiser Octagon is seeking to raise the bar even higher with a number of initiatives to make Supaloc Targa Adelaide a must-do for rally driver and motorsport fan alike.

The introduction of modern cars is a big plus for the spectacle of the event. Over 10 million dollars of cars will be in action across the five days, including some of finest European performance cars, including models from Lamborghini, Porsche and Audi, and the best from Japan, with the Nissan GT-R expected to shine.

A big attraction of the 2012 event is the addition of the Intercontinental Adelaide Targa Night Stage on Wednesday, bringing night time car racing to the heart of city, allowing motorsport fans to see a spectacular show of modern and classic cars on a technically challenging three kilometre stage.

The stage will officially start the event and the night also includes a Targa Expo inside the Goyder Pavilion, providing the whole family with a great night out, giving everyone free ‘pit access’ after the stage.

Championship director, Mark Perry, is expecting plenty of interest from the people of Adelaide

“This is something new for a Targa event and it is the first time that a major CAMS national championship will get underway, under lights, in the heart of Adelaide, potentially years before the city sees a night V8 race,” Perry said.

Supaloc Targa Adelaide then continues across four days on the roads in the hills around Adelaide, before finishing back in the heart of the city in Gouger St on Sunday lunchtime.

Perry believes it is vital to give motorsport fans access to the cars and the drivers.

“As well as the night stage and the street finish on Sunday, there is the Norwood Parade Targafest Street Party from 6.30 to 9.30 on Friday night.

“It will be a very relaxed night where people of all ages can enjoy all that The Parade has to offer and see all the cars that will all be parked there.

“The changes we have made this year are designed to further build Supaloc Targa Adelaide as a major sporting event for South Australia.”

Supaloc Targa Adelaide is the opening round of the four-event CAMS Australian Targa Championship.

Round two takes place out of Mt Buller in Victoria from November 9 to 11. The final two rounds are in Tasmania, with the Targa Wrest Point being held on February 2 and 3, and the final round, Targa Tasmania, getting underway on April 16.

Both Supaloc Targa Adelaide and Targa Tasmania receive extra weighting for the championship points tally.
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Re: CAMS Australian Targa Championship

#2 Post by Howie » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:21 pm

Yeah it sounds like an amazing event, I'm keen on seeing iron chef christian in his r34 ztune doing its thing.

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Re: CAMS Australian Targa Championship

#3 Post by SouthAussie94 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:29 pm

A Drivers been killed and his navigator seriously injured in an acident at Chandlers Hill
A DRIVER in the Targa rally has been killed and his navigator has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
Their car crashed into a tree and ran down an embankment, trapping the Australian Targa Championship driver and co-driver, on Main Rd, Chandlers Hill, just after 1pm.
Police have confirmed the driver has been killed while his navigator has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
Michael Ceruto, 32, was about 60m from the incident when he saw the car round a sweeping left-hand bend and slide.
"He came around the corner then went sideways, clipped a tree and flew into the air and rolled three times down the hill," he said.
"Then people started running to him.
"The co-driver was taken out to the ambulance, but the driver didn't come out."
Mr Ceruto estimated the car was travelling at 100km/h before going into the slide.
"It was huge bang."
It is the third fatal crash in a rally based in Adelaide in the past 13 years.
in 2009, a driver and his navigator were killed when their Porsche smashed into a tree during a stage of the Classic Adelaide rally at Forreston, in the Adelaide Hills.
The two men from interstate were in the sixth competition stage of Day One of the four-day rally when the car left the tarmaced Norsworthy Rd, killing both.
In 1997, during the rally's inaugural event, former Adelaide Grand Prix chairman and prominent businessman Ian Cocks, 59, died when his 1967 Porsche 911 burst into flames after it skidded off a road and hit a tree in the Adelaide Hills.
His daughter who was navigating survived.
I was watching about 200m around the corner from where it happened. I heard but didnt see the impact but I saw the car afterwards. Not a pretty sight..

Thoughts are with his family. RIP :(
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Re: CAMS Australian Targa Championship

#4 Post by Maximus » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:18 pm

I hope this isn't used by anyone to call for end to what appears to be a well-run and well-liked event. I don't imagine that's what this poor man's family would want. Presumably he died doing what he loved.

Having said that, though, three deaths in the past 13 years does seem to be a particularly high fatality rate for this type of event. Is it the combination of very narrow roads mixed with non-professional (though no doubt still very skilled) drivers?
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