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Take 5 – Event Recap: Targa Bunbury

Tearing up the tarmac.

Blazin’ in Bunno took a different meaning this past weekend as the annual Targa Bunbury Sprint came to town which I previewed last week.

We had a wide variety of vehicles across the 130 competitors, from highly modified Japanese imports to American and Aussie muscle cars to some of Europe’s finest driving machines.

This year's Targa Bunbury Sprint winner, Troy Wilson. Photo by Martyn Foster.

Troy Wilson drove like a man possessed in his Evo X enroute to overall victory by nearly 35 seconds ahead of local man Will White in his Evo IX. The Rullo’s, Alex and Peter, finished 3rd and 4th respectively in their Lotus Exige Targa GT, while last year’s winners, Mark Greenham and Steph Esterbauer, came in 5th in their Evo IX. Mr Consistent, Bill Stagoll, finished 6th, also running an Evo IX, while Mark Cates did improve on his placing from last year, finishing 7th in his Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

For a complete listing of the final results please visit

Examining the RoyAl machine in the pit. Photo by Martyn Foster.

We managed to overcome an early spark plug issue and some misfiring to place 14th overall (and 6th in class), which I think is pretty respectable. We were only 40 seconds off an overall podium finish across nearly 20 minutes of racing, which is quite impressive considering this was our first real competitive run in over a year. Our fastest individual run was also quicker than a few of the cars ahead of us so there are some promising signs there.

Race events are just great fun to be around and it is appreciated to all who turned out to support the event. It was also a pleasant surprise when one of the main men from one of our sponsors, Ken Craigie of RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers, came down from Perth to see how we were going. Thankfully, my brother James managed to take Ken for a quick spin in between runs.

I have already posted pictures and videos of the event on my social media accounts so please check them out if you haven’t already. Looking ahead to next year, it will be interesting to see if Targa West chooses to run the Bunbury Sprint back in its normal time of year (June) or move it permanently to December and run it into the evening again. At least we avoid the cold and the wet in December haha!

A hard earned thirst needs a big, cold water bottle! Photo by Martyn Foster.

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