Quit Targa West set to light up Perth’s roads for 12th year

thumbMEDIA RELEASE: Perth’s premiere tarmac rally the Quit Targa West will be bringing heart pumping motorsport action back into the heart of the CBD, Perth Hills and surrounds from August 11 to 14.

The 12th running of the tarmac rally will see over 60 rally teams, in a mixture of performance, classic and exotic vehicles, competing against the clock on some of Perth’s most iconic roads.

“This year’s Quit Targa West promises to be another hugely exciting and challenging event for all our participants,” said Quit Targa West Event Director Ross Tapper.

“We are delighted to welcome back a number of repeat competitors, and it also gives us great pleasure to welcome the ever-increasing number of first-time ‘rookies’.

“As in previous years our key goals are to provide a five star event for competitors, where the event’s spirit is centered on enjoying the thrill of the open road in a controlled, yet competitive environment.”

Before the tarmac action gets underway, competitors will gather in Forrest Place from 11am to 2pm on Thursday August 11 for the Ceremonial Start celebration. The area will be abuzz with anticipation for the official start of the event, and the public are invited to join in on the excitement and see the race cars up close.

Competitors will again come together from 6pm to 9pm on Friday night to put their vehicles on display for the enjoyment of admirers at the Northbridge Show and Shine.

This year the stages will total over 242 competitive kilometres, and will take participants to Barbagallo Raceway, Malaga, Whiteman Park, Kalamunda and the infamous Zig Zag, the picturesque open country roads of Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook, and Langley Park for the grand finale City of Perth Super Stage.

Spectating the rally action is free, and all 34 stages feature a number of locations where the public will be in prime position to witness the motorsport action.

Mr. Tapper thanks local governments and residents for their support and willingness to share their beautiful locales with the event again.

“We are grateful to the authorities and residents in allowing the competitors to enjoy their magnificent surroundings, and use some of the best stretches of tarmac this huge State has to offer,” said Mr. Tapper.

“We feel in a privileged position in being able to run this event for 12 years now, and its longevity can be mostly attributed to the support we receive from the greater community.”

For more information on 2016 Quit Targa West entries, road closures, event program and spectator locations please refer to www.targawest.com.au.

The 2016 Quit Targa West is proudly sponsored by Healthway and the Quit message.

2016 Quit Targa West program highlights:

Thursday, 11th August: 11am to 2pm – Ceremonial Start, Forrest Place, Perth CBD (Rally action can be seen in Wanneroo and Malaga between 2pm to 8pm).

Friday, 12th August: 6pm to 9pm – Northbridge Car Display, James St, Northbridge (Rally action can be seen in Whiteman Park & Kalamunda between 9am to 5pm).

Saturday, 13th August: 9am to 5pm – Rally action can be seen in Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook.

Sunday, 14th August: 9am to 3:30pm – Shannons Classics in the Park, Supreme Court Gardens (Rally action can be seen in Malaga and Perth CBD between 9:00am to 3:00pm).

2016 Quit Targa West Fast Facts
· Dates: 11 – 14 August, 2016

· Ceremonial Start: Forrest Place, Perth CBD, Thursday, 11 August, 11am to 2pm.

· Podium Finish: Langley Park, Perth CBD, Sunday 14 August, 3:30pm.

· Competition categories:

o Competition: for CAMS compliant vehicles and crews

o Challenge: for showroom style or non-roll caged vehicles

o Modern: vehicles manufactured between 1986 – 2015

o Classic: vehicles manufactured between 1947 – 1985

o Rookie Rallye: a two day event held within the main event for first-time Quit Targa West competitors.

· Event total kilometres: 921.66kms (242.30kms competitive; 770.66kms liaison).

· Approximately 60 competitors (numbers yet to be finalised).