Targa Tasmania postponed until 2025

Targa Tasmania and its two sister rallies won't go ahead this year or next year, as the organisation behind the iconic event attempts to improve safety following multiple competitor fatalities in recent years.

The next running of Australia's most beloved motorsport events, the Targa Tasmania, has been delayed until 2025.

Targa Australia – the organisation behind the Targa Tasmania – has announced the annual tarmac rally won't go ahead in 2024, however the Tasmanian Government has announced its support for the event from 2025 to 2029.

It is believed all events run by the coordinators have been postponed to 2025, including Targa High Country in Victoria, and Targa Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

"In recent weeks it has become clear that the full scope of work needed for a successful return makes running the event in April 2024 an unachievable task," Targa CEO Mark Perry said in a written statement.

In July 2023, Targa suspended all events indefinitely and cut ties with the country's peak motorsports governing body, Motorsport Australia, after the deaths of four competitors within 12 months – and cancelled the 2023 event.

Targa had implemented all 23 recommendations made by Motorsports Australia to improve safety following the first three fatalities in 2021, before a fourth competitor lost their life in the running of the 2022 event.

"While the further delay of our return will be sad news for thousands of people, we must ensure we get everything right first," Mr Perry said.

This delay will enable us to finalise a number of key components while also fully supporting the ongoing coronial inquest which should see us in a position to implement all relevant recommendations from this process for the 2025 Targa Tasmania.

"Targa will continue to work tirelessly throughout 2024, maintaining regular communications with the many thousands of people around the world who follow the event, with the clear aim of implementing a myriad of positive changes in preparation for a much-anticipated return in 2025."

Ben Zachariah

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than two decades. Ben began writing professionally more than 15 years ago and was previously an interstate truck driver. He completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021 and is considered an expert on classic car investment.

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