Targa Tasmania 2014 got under way today with 2 prologue stages in Kayena and Georgetown, North of Launceston. With the sun shining but cool temperatures the teams were glad to get the campaign underway.
Car 933 of Andrew Bollom and Lee Challoner-Miles finished both stages on top with car 922 of Adam Spence and Erin Kelly 6.2 seconds behind in second place. The prologue times are used to set the start time for Day one of the rally and not used for the total rally time.
The course heads North tomorrow towards Devonport with 8 action packed stages.
Today we had the great opportunity to take our sponsors and guests out on Tasmania’s finest race track – Symmons Plains.
Targa Tasmania starts tomorrow (6th May) with 2 prologue events at Kayena and George Town, having some time in the car to perform a shakedown today before heading out on Tasmania’s roads gave the team a great chance to test and tweak the teams two Renault Megane’s.
Watch this space tomorrow for the first update from the “Ultimate Tarmac Rally”
Watch our progress Live throughout Targa Tasmania 2014
During Targa Tasmania you can watch our progress through each stage
Visit the rallysafe website by clicking here. At the top of the page you can select both the Redback Racing cars and during a stage it will show the car travelling through the stage. The redbackracing car numbers are 922 & 933.
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Over the past two days the two Redback teams have been busy refining their pace notes ready for Targa Tasmania in just under 10 days time. Both crews have been been using the Hema HN7 sat navs to navigate the fastest way around the Tasmanian West Coast and have been very impressed with their performance. Tomorrow they will make their way to Hobart going over the leg 5 stages which includes the 60km Mount Arrowsmith stage.
Hema helping our Service Crew navigate Tasmania and beyond
Redback Racing are extremely excited to announce a new sponsor – Hema.
We have been supplied with Hema’s HN7 Navigator units, that will be fitted in our service vehicles. Known throughout Australia for their outdoor explorer and four wheel driver navigation units. Over and above street based navigation the units also come with directions across dirt tracks and in excess of 6000 points of interest across Australia.
Redbackracing set out at the beginning of the season with a very aggressive goal of winning the 2wd Showroom Category in the Australian Targa Championship.
What has been completed so far is three wins and three second placed at every round of the championship. Emphasizing not only pace but reliability.
Team principle Adam Spence “I am so happy with what the whole team have been able to achieve this year, its such a team effort and every single one of the team have made their own and unique contribution that has lead to this, Targa Tas is the most challenging and to be treated with care, the prep and testing has gone well so far”
Justin Hocevar CEO Renault Australia: “On behalf of Renault Australia, I would like to extend our best wishes to Adam Spence and the team from RedBack Racing for the upcoming Targa Tasmania round. It has been fantastic to see the dominance of the award-winning Megane RS across the championship and we look forward to another podium finish for the team.”
The combination of Adam Spence and Erin Kelly will again be in car 922 and Andrew Bollom and Lee Challoner-Miles in car 933.
The team at Redback Racing would once again like to take this opportunity to thank all of their support team and our major sponsors RDA/EBC Brakes, Hi-Tec Batteries, Motul and Corporate Impressions Australia for supporting us and thus enabling us to compete. We would also like to thank Nuance Communications, Cyara, Dimension Data and PSS.
With just over a month to go until Targa Tasmania 2014 the team have been busy preparing both cars for the gruelling 6 day event that is Targa Tasmania. The focus on preparation has been on the area of suspension tuning, with our KW Suspension setup as well as replacing all fluids and pads using products from Motul and EBC respectively.
We have also been upgrading our in car video setup on both cars (We will run a story on this shortly) – A big thank you to RaceRecall for all their assistance.
The team have a clear goal in mind with Targa to finish off the season just as they started it with a 1st and 2nd. Targa is and will be the most difficult of the events to complete this ambitious goal, but if the team do so they will have finished first and 2nd in every round of the championship!! Something which will exceed everybody in the teams goals and expectations!
We would like to thank all our support crew who have helped with the preparation of the cars and hope that the changes will bring us additional race speed.
As Adam got more familiar with the Albert Park circuit the lap times got faster, with the quickest times set on the Saturday session just before the rain set in.
The F1 GP for all of those who saw it was a great event for all Australian’s, it was a fantastic way to open the new F1 season with all of the challenges of the new F1 car configuration and here’s hoping that Daniel does get to keep his first podium.
Our car 922 performed faultlessly throughout and was driven back to Sydney at the completion of the event! A big thank you to some special people that helped drive the car back.
Efforts now turn to the preparation of both cars for the final round of the championship, Targa Tasmania 2014 – the ultimate tarmac rally!
Over the past two days the team have been able to take two of the Cyara team around the Melbourne F1 track, Cyara have been a sponsor of the team for a number of years. Adam added “It has been an amazing experience to be able to drive around such an amazing track that is only available for 4 days a year.”
Redbackracing again made it a one two finish for the third event in a row in the 2013/2014 Targa Championship Series at Targa Wrest Point. The event which takes place around south Hobart and the Huon valley is a favorite for a number of the Redback racing team.
Adam Spence & Erin Kelly again led the Showroom category from the first stage, to the finish and with new team mate Andrew Bollom, whom replaced Bunj Noor in the driving seat, of the second Renault Megane.
With some adjustment to the suspension setup prior to this event the cars continued to dominate the Showroom category. Team manager Adam Spence “I am over the moon that as a team we have continued where we started this season. Andrew did an amazing job, the whole team did an amazing job!!!”
Andrew Bollom has returned to competing in Targa after taking 2 years out, in which time he was part of the Redback racing support crew, got grips with the Renault really quickly. Having spent the majority of his racing career in rear wheel drive rotary cars, the front wheel drive Renault would be a different challenge of which he is now looking forward to getting more experience and time behind the wheel.
The next championship event being Targa Tasmania in early the team are looking forward to carrying on their fantastic form into the biggest event of the Targa calendar.
The team at Redback Racing would once again like to take this opportunity to thank our major sponsors RDA/EBC Brakes, Hi-Tec Batteries, Motul and Corporate Impressions Australia for supporting us and thus enabling us to compete. We would also like to thank Nuance Communications, Cyara, Dimension Data and PSS for their continued support.