The finish of Targa High Country will take on a different look in November 2020, when the event podium festivities move to Mansfield immediately following the street stage through the town on the Sunday afternoon.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said Council is delighted the town will host the finishing stage.
“This change will provide Mansfield with opportunities to attract more visitors and provide further economic stimulus to our businesses who continue to deal with the double impact of bushfires and COVID,” Cr Attley said.
“The Targa event has contributed over $6 million to our economy in the last 10 years which is a great return on investment. We congratulate Targa for being progressive in making changes to keep the event being the success it is,”
The Mansfield street stage has traditionally been run on the Saturday afternoon, but Targa CEO, Mark Perry, says the move to the Sunday should attract an even larger crowd.
“This is the first ever official finish for the event in Mansfield and will be followed by a TARGAFest, where the fans and drivers can mingle and relax,” Mr Perry said.
“After ten highly successful years of running the country’s second largest tarmac rally, we felt that it was time to change it up a little and give the people of Mansfield and its surrounds, who have been such great supporters and welcoming hosts across the years, to see the excitement of the finish, complete with the traditional champagne spray.”
The event, to be run from November 13 to 15, will still include two runs up Mt Buller road which is a major highlight for competitors.
Friday is the shortest day with just two stages, a late afternoon run down from Mt Buller to Mirimbah, then a return run all the way to the alpine village.
Saturday takes the field out to Whitfield and back to Mt Buller, before the Sunday run out to Eildon, with the final stage, a 4km street stage around Mansfield and podium presentations.