McConville to debut Holden in Targa Tasmania

V8 star Cameron McConville to debut Holden Astra SRi turbo at Targa Tasmania Rally. THURSDAY, APRIL 17: A talented driver, an experienced navigator and exhilarating turbo-charged speed combine for a formidable entry as the new Holden Astra SRi...

V8 star Cameron McConville to debut Holden Astra SRi turbo at Targa Tasmania Rally.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17: A talented driver, an experienced navigator and exhilarating turbo-charged speed combine for a formidable entry as the new Holden Astra SRi Turbo is unleashed at Australia's premier road rally, the Targa Tasmania, from May 13 to 18.

Respected V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville, a Targa Tasmania first-timer, will be guided by five-time Targa Tasmania navigator Georgia Warwick in the factory-backed Holden Astra SRi Turbo as they compete in the Showroom Class in the six-day event.

The Astra SRi Turbo will be launched in conjunction with the Targa Tasmania event, adding a hot turbo option to the sporty and popular Astra SRi. Capable of a gutsy 147kW and 250Nm of torque from 1950-5600rpm, and equipped with high-performance brakes, firmer suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels, it is ideal for exceptional rally performance.

Cameron, 30, is well known to fans of the V8 Supercars Series, where he has driven a Holden Commodore for the Lansvale Racing Team for the past two years.

In 1999 he partnered then-Holden Racing Team young gun Craig Lowndes in endurance races, finishing third in the Queensland 500 and second in the Bathurst 1000. Proving his versatility, he also won the GTP Championship in 1996 in a Porsche 911 RSCS, and was a leading Audi driver in the now-defunct Super Tourer Championship in 1997 and 1998.

Georgia, 26, has navigated the Targa Tasmania five times with her father, Max Warwick, in either a Porsche 911 RSCS or a Porsche GT3. The two first drove together when Georgia was 18-years-old, and since then their best result has been outright sixth and first in class. In two appearances in the Rally Tasmania their best performance was outright second and first in class.

Although it will be Cameron and Georgia's first time driving together in a formal rally or Targa, the pair require no introduction. In recent years they have driven together at sports car racing days in marques such as Porsche, Ferrari and Audi.

"I've driven lots of times with Cam, he and I have known each other for years through club days at various tracks," Georgia said.

Cameron drives an Astra SRi road car and said he couldn't wait to open up the Astra SRi Turbo on the Tasmanian roads.

"My SRi is such a nippy little thing, it's great for getting around the city and parking," he said. "I'm pretty keen to see what the Turbo can do."

He said he had driven around Tasmania once before during a holiday, albeit at more sedate speeds.

"I loved the roads down there but I'll admit I don't know them very well," he said. "Georgia knows Tassie as well as anyone so I reckon we won't go too far wrong."

The Astra SRi Turbo is one of three Holden-backed entries in the 2003 Targa Tasmania. Racing legend Peter Brock, with navigator Anne Gigney, returns in an upgraded version of the Monaro he drove to sixth place last year. V8 Supercar driver Steven Richards will also drive a Monaro, with navigator Gerry Bashford, in his second Targa campaign.

Holden has also been appointed 'Official Vehicle Supplier' for this years Targa Tasmania event. Holden's involvement in the event over the past few years has grown and it has recognised the importance of Targa Tasmania as an ideal platform to showcase its range of vehicles.

Holden will provide 16 vehicles from its wide range for official use during the event, with the Zero car and 999 Sweep car a pair of stunning bright yellow CV8 Monaros.

For more information contact Steve Colquhoun on Tel: (03) 9699-3244, (0417) 360-945. E-mail: pr@pempub.com.au

This year's Targa Tasmania rally will be the 12th annual event since 1992, and will be contested over a total distance of 2,299km, with 464km competitive, plus the Temco Prologue.

The four competitions in Targa are Shannons Historic (for cars from 1900-46), Shannons Touring Classic (1947-65), Classic (1900-81), and Modern (1982-2003). There is also a new non-competition Shannons Touring class for rare and exotic historic and classic cars.

Targa Tasmania is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and is owned and produced by Octagon.

Octagon is the global marketing-led sports and event marketing company. It offers worldwide expertise across all eight major sports and event marketing disciplines: athlete representation, consultancy, event management, property representation and sales, TV rights sales and distribution, TV production and archive, new media and licensing and merchandising.

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-www.targa.org.au

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Series Supercars , Other rally
Drivers Cameron McConville , Craig Lowndes , Peter Brock , Steven Richards
Teams Holden Racing Team