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.
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