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Targa Tasmania Rally Postponed to 2025 Amid Safety Overhaul

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Targa Tasmania Rally Postponed to 2025 Amid Safety Overhaul

The iconic Targa Tasmania rally, initially scheduled for a return in April 2024, has been postponed for a second time, now set to take place from April 28 to May 3, 2025. Targa Australia CEO, Mark Perry, announced this decision, punctuating the importance of finalizing key safety components and supporting the ongoing coronial inquest into the tragic fatalities of the 2021 and 2022 editions.

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A Delayed Return for Safety's Sake

The postponement is a response to the delayed implementation of safety recommendations, which emerged following the tragic deaths of four competitors during the last two events. The decision comes on the heels of Targa Australia's separation from Motorsport Australia, the event's governing body, due to disagreements over the pace of safety reform implementation.

Comprehensive Safety Measures in View

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The delay aims to ensure a successful and safer return of the rally with a 'world's best practice' approach to safety. Changes are expected to include revisions to licensing and training for drivers, aligning with the ongoing coronial inquest's potential recommendations. The hope is that the next Targa Tasmania will set a new standard for rally safety, reflecting the lessons learned from past tragedies.

Impact on Tasmanian Tourism and Future Commitments

The Targa Tasmania has a significant impact on the Tasmanian tourism industry. Its 30-year history and the thrilling spectacle it provides have made it a major attraction. The Tasmanian government, a longstanding partner of the event, has deferred funding for the 2024 event but remains committed to supporting Targa Tasmania as a major event in the future. The commitment includes extending the current five-year agreement.

While the delay is a disappointment for fans and competitors, it underscores the commitment to safety that is paramount in the world of motorsport. The anticipation for the 2025 event is already building, with a focus on ensuring that the thrill of the race is matched by the assurance of safety.

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