Bunbury Targa Preview

Point-to-point tarmac rally comes to my home town.


The annual GT Fabrication Targa Bunbury Sprint is on this weekend, starting with the “Show ‘N’ Shine” on Friday evening from 5:30 to 8:30pm in the area surrounding the Bunbury Hotel off Holman Street. This is a great chance for people to see the cars up close before they hit the tarmac on Saturday afternoon from 2pm, racing around the Halifax Light Industrial Area until the twilight of 9pm.


Thankfully, conditions look much better for this year's event. Photo by Martyn Foster.

This event is usually run in the middle of the year, but as with so many other things, COVID-19 had other ideas. So, for the first time Targa Bunbury is a summer occasion and being held into the night. The weather schedule looks fantastic and we can hopefully avoid the wet ‘n’ wild conditions of 2019.


It’s great being a part of this event, this being its 5th year, with our re-built Mitsubishi Evo VII entering again, I believe we can aim for a finish inside the top 20 out of the 130 total competitors. Despite my superior ability on Gran Turismo, my brother, James, will be driving and my dad, Chris, will be the co-driver.


A "RoyAl" machine. Photo by Klik Creative Designs.

Our car will be rocking a slightly different look this year, thanks to new sponsors “RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers” (who have recently opened a new premise in East Vic Park) and “Klik Creative Designs” (who did the vehicle signage). I’d also like to take the time to thank Chris Rodgers and the team at Western Allpest Services for their continued support, it is greatly appreciated.


Mark Greenham and Stephanie Esterbauer will be looking to repeat last year’s win in the Race Torque Engineering Evo IX entry. Hot on their tails will be local men Will White in his Storelocal / Dardanup Removals Evo IX, and Bill Stagoll also in an Evo IX, sponsored by South West Petroleum Services. Also seeking to get amongst the medals will be Troy Wilson in the Allstar Garage / Aeroflow Evo X. If it isn’t obvious, Mitsubishi Evos are great building blocks for tarmac rally. Local businessman Mark Cates, who also sponsors the event through Axis Hire, will be racing his Porsche 911 GT3 RS and will be looking to improve upon his finish last year.


It should be a cracking event this year, I’m really looking forward to see how everyone goes and a big thank you to everyone who makes this happen, especially all the sponsors and the entire team at Targa West.


For more information please visit www.targabunburysprint.com.au including an 8-page spectator guide which shows the course layout and full competitor entry list.



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