Quit Targa West ready to rev up Perth

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Heart-pumping motorsport action will roar into Perth as Western Australia’s premier tarmac rally, Quit Targa West, revs into action from 10th to 13th August, 2017.

The 13th Quit Targa West has attracted 57 rally teams in a mix of performance, classic and exotic vehicles, ready to race the clock on some of Perth’s most iconic roads.

It kicks off with the Ceremonial Start in the heart of the CBD on Thursday 10th August from 11am to 1.30pm at Forrest Place, after which competitors will head to stages in Wanneroo and Malaga.

On Friday 11th August, the rally action takes place in the Perth Hills before returning to the City of Perth where pride will be paramount as shiny cars including classics like the Mustang, Holden Torana, Porsche 911, Datsun 240z and Ford Escort line up alongside modern machines including Lotus Elise, Holden HSV, Mitsubishi Evo, Porsche 996 and Subaru WRX at the Northbridge Show and Shine on James Street from 6pm to 9pm.

Quit Targa West event director Ross Tapper said he is looking forward to bringing the thrill of motorsport action to fans in Perth.

“There’s plenty of opportunities to see the cars up close on display as well as dedicated spectator points along the stages to watch them race – and it’s all free,” Mr Tapper said.

“The Malaga Stage on Sunday morning [13th August] will have increased entertainment for motorsport fans – drift cars will put on a smoking showcase of sideways action in between runs of the rally cars.

“We are delighted to welcome back a number of repeat competitors and to welcome the ever-increasing number of first-time ‘Rookie’ competitors – almost 25 per cent of the field are first-timers spread across the new Targa Tour, Challenge category and Competition category.

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

Racing for the fastest time over 242 competitive kilometres, stages will be held at Barbagallo Raceway and in Malaga, Whiteman Park, Kalamunda and the infamous Zig Zag as well as the picturesque open country roads of Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook, before the grand finale City of Perth Super Stage held at Langley Park on Sunday from 12pm.

Spectating is free and all 34 stages feature a number of locations where the public can witness prime motorsport action.

Mr Tapper said he is thankful to the local governments and residents for their willingness to share their beautiful locales with the event again this year.

For more information visit www.targawest.com.au and www.facebook.com/targawest.

Quit Targa West Highlights

Thursday, 10th August: 11am to 1.30pm – Ceremonial Start, Forrest Place, Perth CBD (Rally action can be seen in Wanneroo and Malaga between 2pm to 8pm)

Friday, 11th August: 6pm to 9pm – Northbridge Car Display, James St, Northbridge (Rally action can be seen in Whiteman Park & Kalamunda between 9am to 5pm)

Saturday, 12th August: 9am to 5pm – Rally action can be seen in Toodyay, Lower Chittering and Bullsbrook

Sunday, 13th August: 9am to 3:30pm – Shannons Classics in the Park, Langley Park (Rally action can be seen in Malaga and Langley between 9:00am to 3:00pm)

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