SAFETY/CAMS: Targa Tasmania 2002 safety changes

SAFETY/CAMS: Targa Tasmania 2002 safety changes

Post by pr.. » Fri, 30 Nov 2001 03:14:39

Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) Tarmac Rally Safety
Assessor Greg Carr said today he had recommended the Moriarty and
Rosebery stages included in the 2002 Targa event from April 17-21 be
changed to ensure that competitors did not exceed the average speed
limit of 132km/h.

Moriarty, east of Devonport, is scheduled to be part of the opening leg
of the rally, and Rosebery on the west coast will be contested on the
final day.

Carr said he had recommended the two stages be slowed after inspecting
the 525km competitive course with Targa Clerk of Course Tom Snooks and
Operations Manager Ken Roddam during the past four days.

"Overall the organisers have done an excellent job with safety, but
there needs to be changes on a couple of stages where the fastest cars
may be over the average (132-km/h) speed limit," said Carr.

"This is the second year I've conducted this inspection for CAMS and the
course is generally a good example of what a tarmac rally should be
like."

"Sensibly the stages on the first day are easier to allow competitors to
ease into the rally and get used to their cars, and then it gets
progressively more difficult."

Carr said that the CAMS Checker inspection of the Targa course would be
held in January covering all safety aspects, including road blocks and
spectator points.

Targa General Manager Rob McGuire said the 2002 rally had already
attracted more than 220 entries, including five-times winner Jim
Richards, who will again partner Tasmanian Barry Oliver in a Porsche
911.

Targa is owned and produced by global sports marketing company Octagon
Worldwide, the sports marketing and entertainment division of the
Interpublic Group, one of the world's largest advertising and marketing
communications groups.

- www.targa.org.au

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