While we supported our official Lotus Tour group there were a number of drivers competing in the competitive classes including GT OUTRIGHT, GT SPORTS TROPHY & TSD.
After 3 days of competition Lotus Exige sports cars finished in the top 10 for all categeries wihch is an incredible achievement considering many crews are not professional racing drivers, illustrating again how accessible Targa tarmac rally racing is.
GT OUTRIGHT was dominated by 4WD vehicles that took advantage of the damp conditions on the first day with less than 6 minutes separating the Lotus drivers.
Each of the sports cars were prepared and built by Simply Sports Cars with all the necessary equipment including safety cage, communication equipment and rally safe monitoring devices.
GT SPORTS TROPHY
1st Place – Trude / Morrison
2nd Place – Bryden / Noble who fought hard for second place with the previous Targa Tasmania winners
3rd Place – Sher / Murphy who were just seconds behind Bryden / Noble
4th Place – went to seasoned campaigners Duursma / Wodhams not too far behind the podium finishers
6th Place – Hilton / Vanderpoel
7th Place- Seymour / Seymour
8th Place- Cuthbert / Cuthbert
11th Place – Wowk / Molocznyk
5th Place – Rowe / Lankhorst
Targa High Country Lotus Tour
The 2020 running of Targa High Country was re-scheduled to February 2021 due to Victorian border closures and lockdown requirements.
So unusually, we headed to Mount Buller in February to kick off our year of tarmac rally driving events which will see us go to Tasmania, Cairns & return to Mount Buller later in the year.
Even though we had a few last minute cancellations it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the group we had which included a mix of married couples, best mates as well as father and son combinations.
The Tour group drives on the exact same roads and stages as the competition groups do as well as travelling through the unique landscapes around Mount Buller from scenic mountain passes, wide open farmland and the exhilarating town of Mansfield. The stages are some of the most iconic in Australian rallying.
Can anyond do Targa High Country?
Absolutely, anyone can try their first Targa tarmac rally because we make it very easy & accessible for anyone to try.
You can start by joining a Lotus Tour to get a taste of it, then progress to TSD which is time and speed limited, then to GT Sports Trophy which is speed limited & if you are very keen GT Outright which is open competition.
A Lotus sports car is the ideal targa tarmac rally car which its blend of light weight and agile handling. Our crew are on hand during the entire rally in case there are any mechanical issues but to also help you through scrutineering, getting to stages, refueling and more.
Practically everything is included with meals, accomodation etc all taken care of.
What do you need to enter a Targa tarmac rally event?
Each entry is for 2 people consisting of Driver & Co-driver. Both must have a minimum of a Level 2 non-speed event CAMS licence, available online.
Not required for the Tour Class: Driving suits, helmets, special apparel, roll cages, and slick tyres.
Generally speaking, a road registered vehicle can participate.
All vehicles must have:
- First aid kit
- An oil spill kit -1kg of kitty litter will suffice
- 2 x Safety triangles
- Working OBD port to use the Rally Safe Unit
For competition classes there are different requirements depending on the level entered. We can help with the supply and installation of roll cages, communication equipment, brake upgrades and more.