Targa Australia High Country Tarmac Rally

LOTUS DOMINATES THE GT SPORTS TROPHY PODIUM

Lotus sports cars achieved incredible results at Targa High Country February 2021 taking out top ten placings in all competitive categories including the top four finishing placers in GT Sports Trophy. What makes these results even more impressive is that these crews are not professional, full time, racing drivers and proving yet again how accessible a targa tarmac rally is for any driving enthusiast to try. The February 2021 running of Targa High Country was actually an event delayed from its usual November date which meant driving crews were going to experience Mount Buller, Eildon, King Valley and Mansfield in potentially unfamiliar conditions.

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

GT OUTRIGHT
6th Place – Hilton / Vanderpoel
7th Place- Seymour / Seymour
8th Place- Cuthbert / Cuthbert
11th Place – Wowk / Molocznyk

TSD
5th Place – Rowe / Lankhorst

The Targa High Country tarmac rally runs over three days using Mount Buller as the ‘base’ to start & return to each day. This rally provides an incredible mix of mountain passes, long flowing highway passes and the incredible 50+km long Jamieson stage with its long, technical and tight mix of turns. The battle in GT Sports Trophy was intense with first time category participants Bryden / Noble clinching 2nd place from Sher / Murphy on the last day of competition as they passed them going up Mount Buller. The pair have participated in the Tour and TSD previously and 2021 saw them make the step up to GT Sports Trophy for the first time with excellent results and will soon head to Adelaide for their next rally event.

TARGA RALLY TOUR FOR FIRST TIMERS

Corners and roads at high speed its wonderful. Like it’s amazing, they do everything for you, we don’t have to think about anything really.

Jodie

That was amazing, that was a whole lot of fun, very good event. They are amazing, hands down I don’t think there is anyone here that provides this kind of support

Jason

While there were some cancellations due to border restrictions being put in place, we still managed to have a great group of people join the Lotus Targa Tour at High Country. This is perfect for anyone who is interested in trying a targa rally for the first time because you essentially need a road registered sports car and that’s about it. No experience is required and you get to drive on the exact same roads, stages & locations as all the competition cars. There is no better way to get a taste of what a targa rally is like from seeing all the competitive drivers to enjoying the relaxed, social, atmosphere during the event.

For this event we had the privilege of experienced race car driver, Mark O’Connor, lead the tour group. He was on hand during all three days to share stories and provide driving tips with his Exige Sport 410 sports car. Every event we get different combinations coming along whether that is husband / wife, father / son, best mates or even father / daughter. It is a great way to enjoy a few days of spirited driving on incredible closed roads. For many it is the starting point to then try the competitive classes like TSD or GT Sports Trophy.

TARGA RALLY EVENTS IN AUSTRALIA FOR LOTUS SPORTS CAR OWNERS

  • Elise, Exige or Evora
  • Motorsport Australia Speed License required
  • No prior experience needed

Lotus Cars Australia helps Elise, Exige or Evora sports car owners to participate in Australian targa rally events with an officially hosted Tour group. This is a fun, casual way to try targa for the first time or if you aren’t interested in competing, but love a spirited drive in your sports car. We can also provide support for crews competing in the open competition classes of TSD, GT Sports Trophy & GT2. Every event there is a mix of owners that come along with old and new Lotus sports car models like Series 1 Lotus Elise all the way to the latest Exige Sport 410 – everyone is actively encouraged to come and enjoy themselves for some spirited driving.

Less than three hours from Melbourne, the Targa High Country event is based on top of Victoria’s most popular Ski Resort, Mt Buller, some 1,800 meters above sea level offering a unique experience to driving competitors. In summer, the road to the summit masquerades as one of the most exciting hill climbs in the country, and, provides the gateway to all stages over the three days of driving. It is the sort of road that is built for a Lotus sports car with a mix of bends, turns, camber where you will feel every inch through your fingertips. It is three high-octane days of driving, travelling through the High Country regions, taking in the vistas of the Eildon, King Valley, and Mansfield districts, before returning on Friday and Saturday evenings to the top of Mount Buller, to finish in the panoramic Mount Buller village. The focus of the driving action is always the finishing leg, which sees cars scream through the highly anticipated street stage in Mansfield; where cars race towards the finish line before parking in the main street of Mansfield to join in the festivities of Targafest; including the official finish, podium presentations and champagne shower.



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