Twentieth Targa a triumph

A SMALL but enthusiastic crowd of motorsport fans turned out to take a close look at this year’s Targa Tasmania fleet in New Norfolk today. The first cars arrived at the New Norfolk lunch stop in Circle St at around 11am – about an hour earlier than expected. Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans welcomed the competitors in the 20th Targa Tasmania and onlookers had about three hours of entertainment as the cars arrived from Tarraleah, had their lunch break and then continued on to Molesworth for the second-last competitive stage of the event.

Queenslander Tony Quinn claimed his second Targa Tasmania title in three years with an emphatic display across five days and 500km of intense competition. The 2009 winner had been the dominant force in the event in his Nissan GT-R.  He and co-driver Naomi Tillet took the lead on Targa stage four on the opening day and were never headed, crossing the finish line at Wrest Point three minutes and 39 seconds ahead of the second placegetter.

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