Targa Tasmania 2018 placings
- 1st Place – Exige V6 in GT Sports Trophy
- 1st Place – Exige in Rookie GT (and 13th outright)
- 2rd Place – Exige in GT2 (and 4th outright)
- 2nd Place – Elise in TSD
Lotus Cars Australia supported another large group of sports car owners at Targa Tasmania. After 500kms of competitive driving over 33 special stages all 12 cars completed the rally with podium placings – there was even a 50th birthday celebration and a wedding proposal.
Targa is the largest tarmac rally in the world with 6 days on spectacular Tasmanian roads. You get to drive on the same roads as the competition classes with support the Simply Sports Cars team who have been going to Targa for many years. The Targa Tour is the best way to have a spirited drive on some of the best roads in the world.
Targa Tasmania – Saturday 14th April to Sunday 22nd Spril 2018
Day 1 | Saturday 14 Depart Melbourne – Night sail on Spirit of Tasmania
Day 2 | Sunday 15 April Doc and Scrutiny – Welcome Party – Overnight in Launceston
Day 3 | Monday 16 April – Targa Rally – Overnight in Launceston
Day 4 | Tuesday 17 April – Targa Rally – Overnight in Launceston
Day 4 | Wednesday 18 April – Targa Rally – Overnight in Launceston
Day 5 | Thursday 19 April – Targa Rally – Overnight in Cradle Mountain
Day 6 | Friday 20 April – Targa Rally – Overnight in Hobart
Day 7 | Saturday 21 April – Targa Rally – Official Finish – Lotus dinner (Overnight in Hobart)
Day 8 | Drive and lunch – Depart Devonport Sunday night on Spirit of Tasmania
All twelve Lotus sports cars completed all stages in a field that had over one hundred and forty vehicles entered with twenty four DNF’s and over fifty cars more than 1 minute behind the leaders. An absolute testament to the great driving skills displayed by the teams supported with the performance and reliability from the Lotus Elise, Exige and Evora platforms. Lotus secured podiums in each competitive category entered & while the Lotus Tour had an absolute ball driving on the same closed roads.
GT Sports Trophy
Martin Duursma & Richard Wodhams secured their maiden victory in GT Sports Trophy driving a Lotus Exige S V6, backing up their 3rd place from last year in the speed limited class with a commanding win by over 3 minutes. It also follows up their win at Targa High Country. A wonderful achievement for their hard work during the last four years at the event with a number of pb stage times set.
There was no catching Jeff Morton and Steve Fisher in their Lotus Exige Sport 350 beating the competition by more than 13 minutes in Jeff’s second attempt at Targa. A superb follow up to his win in GT Sports Trophy last year. Even more encouraging it was strong enough for 13th place overall, narrowly missing the top 10, as he builds more experience at Targa vs many of the other competitors who have competed for over 10 years.
GT2 and Outright
Paul Stokell and Erin Kelly finished a strong 3rd in GT2 driving their Lotus Exige V6. They were narrowly beaten by two cars worth many times the purchase price with the result strong enough for 4th overall in the huge field of over 140 cars. The Simply Sports Cars crew provided event support for Paul and his crew.
The Lotus Tour group
This year’s Lotus Tour group was full of surprises.
A huge congratulations to Brendan & Sara. Cradle Mountain and Targa became the unforgettable backdrop for Brendan’s wedding proposal while on the Tour.
A huge congratulations to Bruce who celebrated his 50th Birthday while on the Tour. We had a wonderful dinner celebration as a team & his wife also flew in for the occasion.
What a great way for father and son to bond. Peter & Tristan took on their first Targa Tasmania in TSD finishing 2nd while Warren & Greg had a ball on the Lotus Tour.
Frank & Angela travelled all the way over from WA to join us on the Lotus Tour and you couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces they had such a great time.