Next month’s Targa High Country will send off the CAMS Australian Targa Championship 2018 season in style, with Paul Stokell is in the box seat to claim the title.
The Brisbane-based driver has been in fine form throughout the inaugural championship, taking a 35 point lead into the final round over his nearest rival, Viper pilot John Ireland.
Partnered up with a different co-driver each event, Stokell started the championship with second outright behind CAMS Australian Rally Championship pair Steve Glenney and Andy Sarandis, before finishing fourth in the iconic Targa Tasmania,
Behind the wheel of the Lotus Exige, Stokell then teamed up with another ARC regular in Malcolm Read to claim second in the Targa Great Barrier Reef, which secured their spot on top of standings.
Despite winning both Targa Tasmania and Targa Great Barrier Reef, Jason White sits in third due to a heartbreaking DNF in the opening event, while missing Targa Great Barrier Reef has seen Glenney drop 10 points behind White.
For Stokell to win the championship, he only needs to finish the Victorian event, and with Read alongside him for the second consecutive round, their chances of success are high.
In the classic outright class, Michael and Daniel Bray have all but secured the title after dominating all year and taking out all three rounds in their 1975 Holden Torana pilots.
The pair sit 53 points ahead of their closest rivals in Peter Gluskie and Samantha Winter and their 1985 BMW E30, while Mick Downe y and Jarrod Van Den Akker occupy third in the 1979 Holden Commodore VB.
More than 200 cars are expected to take part in the final round for 2018, with drivers to compete around the scenic roads of Mount Buller.
With Mount Buller to be the event’s centre stage, the first and third day will see competitors travel from the iconic mountain to the Eildon and back, while the second day will see drivers head to Whitfield.
Entries for the Targa High Country remain open until Friday, 19 October and interested drivers are encouraged to enter the world’s second largest tarmac rally.
The Targa High Country will take place at Mount Buller on Friday, 9 November to Saturday, 11 November.
Published: 12 October, 2018