Quality field ready for North-West adventure

A top field of Targa North Westcompetitors will gatherin Burnie on February 18enticed by the opportunity to take on the compelling test of driver and car that is the Savage River stage.
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READY TO GO: Jason White will be part of the field for the upcoming Targa North West, which will start and finish in Burnie on February 18.

The event has replaced Targa Hellyer Gorge on the annual Targa calendar and sees a 60 per cent increase in entries from last year, including many teams using the event to prepare for Targa Tasmaniain April.

As well as attracting some of the most experienced drivers, the event also provides a great way to start competing in Targa events with a number of rookies set to test their skills.

The format will see cars tackle multiple stages, with competitive kilometres equal to any tough day at Targa Tasmania.

Last year’s Targa Hellyer Gorge winners, Trevor McLeod and Scott Hunter, return hotly pursued by Crichton Lewis and Adam Kudra, also in a Subaru, as well as Angus Kennard and Ian Wheeler in their Nissan GTR, who finished third in Targa Tasmania GT4.

The GT2 competition will see a couple of the latest Dodge Vipers go head to head for the first time since Targa Tasmania last year.

Michael Pritchard and Gary Mourant had the best of that battle after five-time Targa Tasmania winnersJason and John Whiteran into mechanical problems while leading the 25th anniversary event.

Keeping the Vipers honest will be former classic winnerJohn Ireland with Janet Binns, ina Porsche Cayman GT4, along with Toby Gill and Matthew Rickards in their powerful HSV Commodore GTS after a great run at last year’s Targa High Country.

Classic is wide open with the dark horse being the return of Geoff and Leon Duggan in their formidable Datsun 2000 Sports who won Targa Wrest Point in 2012 and 2013.

Ashley Yelds steps into the driver’s seat for the first time with Targa Tasmania front runner Charlie Hughes calling notes.

Long-time Targa competitors Stephen and Ginetta Rochester bringtheir 1959 Triumph TR3A to tackle the tough one-day course.

Classic GT will see Peter Nunn and Keith Johnstone’s Porsche 944 Turbo targeted by David Young, Mark Clair and Stewart McAuley in their 911s.

Early modern as always will be hotly contested.

Paul Henry and Kim Burke in Porsches, Paul Bergmann in a Subaru WRX and Kingsley Wallman joined by Lee Harper in his new Porsche Cayman to provide the competition.

GT sports trophy will see Peter Pisko fight it out with Geoff Storr and Steve Caplice.

The event starts in Burnie with the official finish outside the Burnie Arts and Function Centre from around3pm.

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