TARMAC: Targa Tasmania - Mt Lawley driver spotlight

Mt Lawley driver set for tenth Targa Tasmania Mt Lawley driver, Syd Jenkins, is making final preparations as Australia's ultimate touring event is about to come to a roaring start. Jenkins, driving a 1965 Morris Cooper S, will be starting in...

Mt Lawley driver set for tenth Targa Tasmania

Mt Lawley driver, Syd Jenkins, is making final preparations as Australia's ultimate touring event is about to come to a roaring start.

Jenkins, driving a 1965 Morris Cooper S, will be starting in his 10th Targa Tasmania this year, teaming with Tasmanian navigator, Aaron Creed, when the event gets underway on April 17.

A Mini enthusiast, he loves the challenge of Targa and Tasmania's tormenting roads.

"It's five and a half days of pushing yourself and your car to the limit," Jenkins said.

The West Australian's passion for Targa Tasmania started back in 1996, after often hearing and reading about the renowned event.

"I turned 40 years old and my wife gave me entry to the event as a birthday present. It's been the best motor sport experience I've ever had," said Jenkins, who has raced minis for over 30 years.

"The new night stage will be spectacular," said Jenkins, who is looking forward to some of the changes in this year's Targa program.

"I am really happy to see the entry for the classics has increased this year as classics should be the centre of it."

"This is my first race with Aaron (co-driver)," said Jenkins. "He came highly recommended from a mate and we have only spoken over the phone. I will meet him when I get to Tasmania."

Targa Tasmania, presented by Pure Tasmania, kicks off at the Country Club in Launceston on April 17 and the chequered flag will end the race at Hobart's Wrest Point on April 22.

-credit: www.targatasmania.com.au

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