Patchy rain and a storm forecast didn’t deter hundreds of motorsport fans who flocked to Malaga and also the City, lining Victoria Avenue and Riverside Drive to cheer on Quit Targa West competitors as they crossed the finish line on the last stage of Perth’s premier tarmac rally.
Day 4 started in Malaga with an exciting 9-kilometre street stage run three times, with crowds entertained by the smoking sideways action of Australian Drift Grand Prix cars in between stages.
From Malaga, competitors tackled the final three stages, the 2.15 kilometre Targa City Sprint Stage which challenged competitors with its superkhana-style design that commanded precision driving before demonstrating the full extent of their power along the long straight of Riverside Drive.
Peter Major in Modern Competition category and Sharon Gunson in Modern Challenge category were both on a hat trick this year, going for their third consecutive win. The battle everyone was watching was in the Classic Competition between Ford and Holden respective drivers, Simon Gunson a two-time Targa West winner and Mick Bray.
Competitors are divided into Competition and Challenge categories with classes for Modern and Classic cars in each. The Challenge category is for showroom style or non-roll caged vehicles. Vehicles manufactured earlier than 1985 are classed as Classic and the Modern class for vehicles manufacture from 1986 onwards. There’s also an award for the Quit Targa West Rallye Rookie (first timer).