Targa Tasmania 2002 course changes, route

2002 TARGA COURSE OUTLINE and SUMMARY The Targa Tasmania 2002 course will comprise a total distance of 1,950km, with approximately 480km in 43 competitive stages. This is a shorter distance than in 2001, when the event covered a total of...

2002 TARGA COURSE OUTLINE and SUMMARY

The Targa Tasmania 2002 course will comprise a total distance of 1,950km, with approximately 480km in 43 competitive stages.

This is a shorter distance than in 2001, when the event covered a total of 2,110km and there were 54 stages with 525km of competitive driving.

Clerk of Course Tom Snooks said the shorter course in 2002 was a consequence of reducing the rally from six days of competition to five, excluding the Temco Prologue in George Town, which will be held on April 16.

Targa was contested over five days until the past two years when it was extended to six days for the Millennium event in 2000 and the 10th Anniversary rally in 2001.

"The 'Millennium' and '10th Anniversary' events were unique, but now we are going back to the five-day format and the feedback from competitors is they are very much in favour of this," said Snooks.

A total of 41 stages from the 2001 rally have been retained for 2002. The St Mary's Pass (5.5km) and Cranbrook (10km) stages return to the course in 2002 after an absence of a year and both have been included on the second day of competition which also includes traditionally crucial stages 'The Sideling' and 'Grasstree Hill'.

The opening stage of the 2002 event will be Legana, near Launceston, as in 2001. The challenging 'Hellyer Gorge', 'Strahan', and 'Mount Arrowsmith' stages will be held on the final day in 2002, after being contested during the fourth leg in 2001.

The 'Cethana' stage, where Australia's five-times 500cc motorcycle world champion Michael Doohan crashed his Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG in 2001, is on the fourth leg of the 2002 schedule, along with a sprint stage at Symmons Plains Raceway.

"We are confident the course will again provide an enjoyable challenge for all competitors, ranging from the professional teams to the enthusiasts," said Snooks.

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2002 TARGA TASMANIA COURSE (Provisional)

TUESDAY, APRIL 16 -- Temco Prologue; George Town Official Start: Country Club Casino, Launceston Targa Tasmania Vehicle Expo

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 -- Leg One; Launceston to Launceston Start: Launceston City Mall Stage 1: Legana Stage 2: Deloraine Stage 3: Moriarty Stage 4: Devonport Stage 5: Nook Stage 6: Sheffield Stage 7: Quamby Brook Stage 8: Longford Targa Tasmania Vehicle Expo

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 -- Leg Two; Launceston to Hobart Stage 9: The Sideling Stage 10: Derby Stage 11: Winnaleah Stage 12: Weldborough Pass Stage 13: St Mary's Pass Stage 14: Elephant Pass Stage 15: Cranbrook Stage 16: Triabunna Stage 17: Grasstree Hill Targa Tasmania Vehicle Expo

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 -- Leg Three; Hobart to Hobart Stage 18: Mt Nelson Stage 19: Bonnet Hill Stage 20: Howden Stage 21: Oyster Cove Stage 22: Woodbridge Stage 23: Cygnet Stage 24: Longley Stage 25: Ridgeway Park Targa Tasmania Vehicle Expo

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 -- Leg Four; Hobart to Burnie Stage 26: Hobart Stage 27: Colebrook Stage 28: Ross Stage 29: Symmons Plains Stage 30: Mole Creek Stage 31: Cethana Stage 32: Wilmot Stage 33: Guns Plains Stage 34: South Riana Stage 35: Natone Targa Tasmania Vehicle Expo

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 -- Leg Five; Burnie to Hobart Stage 36: Hellyer Gorge Stage 37: Mt Black Stage 38: Rosebery Stage 39: Strahan Stage 40: Queenstown Stage 41: Mt Arrowsmith Stage 42: Tarraleah Stage 43: New Norfolk Finish: Wrest Point Hotel Casino

-TT

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