Local rally car driver Alan Roe is one of the favourites to take out this weekend’s Targa High Country event.
Returning to north-east Victoria for the eighth year, the main Targa Rally will have about 140 cars take on 18 challenging stages around places including Mount Buller, Mansfield, Euroa, Whitfield and Eildon.
Shepparton’s Roe will be boosted by the support of home fans from the Goulburn Valley and its surrounds, but will face tough opposition in the form of early race favourite Matt Close.
Close is a former winner of Targa Tasmania, and will look to lead the field in his 2017 Porsche GT3, while Roe will tackle the course in his 2016 BMW M2.
Racing starts tomorrow from Mount Buller to Euroa and back before Saturday’s course traverses the roads to and from Whitfield and Sunday wraps up with drivers hitting the tarmac all the way to Eildon.
But the highlight will certainly be a Mansfield street stage on Saturday afternoon, with spectators then able to meet their heroes and their cars from 4pm.
A popular autograph for fans to chase will be racing royalty in the form of seven-time Bathurst winner Jim Richards, who will compete in his two-wheel drive Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Albury media personality Steve Bowen will also look to impress local fans in his bright-coloured Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
For those who enjoy the views of the high country more than the thrill of high-speed racing, there will be two speed-limited categories — with a GT Sports Trophy and a Targa High Country Tour (for cars without roll cages) set to be participated in by a large group of Delatite Car Club members.