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Targa’s northern route on show


The inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef event is getting closer with organisers recently revealing the long awaited course map which had been held secret for the past few months. 

The event, which acts as the third and penultimate round of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship, will be based in Cairns, making it the first time a Targa event has taken place in Queensland.

More than 200 exotic and classic cars will compete in the 18 stage event which will cover a number of key locations in far north Queensland, as well as give the locals opportunities to see the rare cars up close and personal.

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Starting outside the Reef Hotel Casino, competitors will head north to Greenhill in order to ease drivers into the race, before they tackle the opening stages through the Gillies Range to the Atherton for the first break. 


Following that break, which will also be the first time local residents can admire the cars, the competitors will head back down Gillies Range and to Lake Morris Road for the first run up to Copperlode Dam, before returning to the Cairns Convention Centre for the first overnight stop.

The Targa Great Barrier Reef’s second day sees competitors head to stages at Upper Barron, Lake Eacham, Glen Allyn and Malanda before heading back down in reverse direction towards Lake Morris Road. 

The final day of action in North Queensland will see competitors travel through the picturesque Kuranda Range, before stages in Malanda, Moregatta, Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe will set up a final run to the heart of Cairns where the official finish line will be situated. 

Local residents will be able to admire the cars up close during each day’s lunchbreak, which will be held in the towns of Atherton, Malanda and Ravenshoe.

The inaugural Targa Great Barrier Reef, which will see more than 900 competitive kilometres tackled, takes place from Friday, 31 August until Sunday, 2 September.

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Published: 9 July, 2018