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Targa South Island 2014

  • Monday, October 27, 2014
  • 6:00 AM
  • Saturday, November 01, 2014
  • 8:00 PM
  • South Island

What an event!!
It's fair to say that this Targa MUST BE on top of your list to compete in. If not you WILL regret not participating forever.
The event starts in Christchurch with documentation and scrutineering at the famous Addington Raceway.

Without naming the roads, here is a brief provisional description of the itinerary that we have planned.

PROLOGUE DAY:  Monday 27th October
After documentation and scrutineering we head for the hills for two gnarly stages, exceptionally tight, with big drops but wonderful views of the city and Lyttelton Harbour. We end the day with a stage around the famous Mike Pero Motorsport Park (formally Ruapuna).
A great way to ease into the event.
overnight in Christchurch. Total Stage Distance of 47kms

DAY ONE: Tuesday 28th October
The day will start with a journey south of Christchurch starting with stages near Pleasant Point.
What an absolute joy to drive (yet alone to race on). There are 5 stages before lunch, taking in the Water Front of Timaru's lovely Caroline Bay. We then head south to Dunedin where the roads become narrower and more winding. The last stage of the day is downright bumpy, just to remind competitors of the North Island roads.
Overnight in Dunedin. Total Stage Distance of 171kms

DAY TWO: Wednesday 29th October
We head north of the city.
The first stage is right on the outskirts of Dunedin in the steep hills, before the trip north, to points such as Palmerston, Duntroon, Ngapara, and Windsor. The stages, like the previous day, are predominately smooth and flowing, however with a couple of tight, narrower and bumpy ones included. Lunch is in Oamaru, adjacent to the historic quarter featuring some of NZ's most treasured Victorian Oamaru stone buildings.
Overnight in Dunedin. Total Stage Distance of 139kms 

DAY THREE: Thursday 30th October
We head west and south of the city. The day starts with a 30km stage that contains one of the narrowest and steepest gorges of the event. This is then contrasted with open and flowing roads along productive but remote Otago farmland.
Back to the city for another "drive" this time along the top of the Otago Peninsular hills, narrow with huge drops, but pity our drivers won't have time to admire the harbour and ocean views !!
Then south again into remote and iconic areas such as Lawrence, Milton (for lunch), Balclutha, and the World Famous Catlins. This day has the longest stage of the event at 44kms. We end with a twilight stage of 4 laps around the world's Southernmost Race Circuit of Teratonga Park.Overnight in Invercargill. Total Stage Distance of 151km

DAY FOUR:  Friday 31st October
We head north today. The roads today are all smooth, flowing and just a delight to drive, traversing through such treasures as Lawrence, Clydevale, Moa Flat, Heriot, Tapanui and Waikoikoi. One stage not only has one of the steepest descents but has something like 20 intersections darting and diving in all directions. You will get to see along the way some of the most productive dairy, sheep and crop land in New Zealand. Lunch is at the A & P grounds in Gore. After the last road stage of the day we travel through Roxborough, Alexandra on our way to Cromwell, famous for not only its wines but now the World Class Highlands Motorsport Park. 4 laps of the full circuit is only the start. There is the National Motorsport Museum, karting complex and mini golf. While this venue is our last circuit.
Overnight in Cromwell / Queenstown. Total Stage Distance of 183kms. 

DAY FIVE: Saturday 1st November
We start the day with another 4 laps of the full circuit, but today in the reverse direction from the previous afternoon. What an experience, Tony Quinn's ground-breaking circuit can be run in 17 configurations. You will not want to leave. But leave you must, because a further 5 stages await on probably the most ICONIC roads in the Central Otago area, if not New Zealand.
The last stage is a hillclimb up a certain ski field.
Let’s finish the event celebrating in the adventure capital, Queenstown night life is known to be the best and we will go out with a bang!
Total Stage Distance of 143kms

(Total for the event 833km)   


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