Dodge Viper leader Jason White takes a look at what’s ahead on the final day of Targa Great Barrier Reef.
TS 13: Kuranda Range – 10.71km
This is probably one of the wider sections compared to the rest of the event. Significantly it is also the location for the only official spectator point for the event, RAINFORESTATION.
It’s like a superhighway, four lanes wide in quite a few areas and even a little bit wider in some parts. It’s a very nice, smooth fresh piece of tarmac. This is a really nice hillclimb and a really good test. For the most part it will be fun and you will be able to drive as fast as you can. In that sense it’s forgiving because of the width. If you miss an apex there is still plenty of room to gather it back up. It’s in stark contrast to a lot of the stages up on the tableland.
TS 14 Malanda -10.95km
This is one of the only stages we get to do once as a lot of the others are back the other direction. It’s a nice stage but is tight and narrow and is going to be another supreme test.
TS 15&18: Moregatta/Theresa Creek – 7.06km
A bit further south of Malanda this is the scene of another couple of good stages. There’s a couple of fast straight bits.
We will be going back the other way from TS 15. Both these runs will be quite high on average speeds but because of the width of the road it’s going to be quite hard to drive at top speed.
TS 16&17 (Millaa Millaa/Palmerstone) – 27.61kms
In my opinion these stages are the most challenging stages of the event. They are the longest and the amount of corners makes it an intense experience.
It is pretty relentless in the number of changes of direction. These stages also seem to have the most bush surrounding the roads so there is not a lot of clear road around.
It is an old highway (Old Palmerston Highway) and is tight, technical, cresty and you are ducking and diving around.
It will be a lot of fun but also one of the biggest ones in terms of causing problems with faster cars coming up on slower cars.
There will have to be a fair bit of courtesy shown if a passing move is on.
These two stages will be a real game changer for the event. There could be a minute gap between two positions and those positions could be turned on their head in those two stages.