Rallysprint: New name, new sponsor, new dates for this season

Targa West Events wishes to thank Alister McRae and Trisector for their support of the McRae Motorsport Rallysprint Series from its inception seven years ago.

The championship will be now known as the Shannons Targa Rally Sprint Series in recognition of new sponsor, Shannons Insurance.

Shannons Insurance Business Development Manager for WA Graham Powell said, “We’re proud of our continued association with grass roots motorsport and growing our partnership with Targa West Events.”

Shannons Insurance also supports Quit Targa West, Quit Targa South West and the GT Fabrication Bunbury Targa Sprint.

Event Director Ross Tapper said that Rallysprint was a great way to enjoy competitive motorsport without the time commitment and expense required in the traditional rally format.

“Five of the six events are run on Thursday evenings after work at the Perth Motorplex making it an easy option to enjoy motorsport during the summer. The July event is a warm up for Quit Targa West and for others wishing to have some fun,” Mr Tapper said.

Troy Wilson, winner of the 2015 Targa Rallysprint Series. Photo: CMR Photographic
Troy Wilson, winner of the 2015 Targa Rallysprint Series. Photo: CMR Photographic

“Rallysprint is fast, fun and great for those new to rallying as well as those more experienced who want to keep their skills honed. Rallysprint requires team work between driver and co-driver and the ability to drive with obstacles in close vicinity of the road, neither of which can be practised on a race track.”

The Perth Motorplex course, which is run four times, is 3.25km in length, making the total competitive distance 13km. The course swaps between being run clockwise and anticlockwise.

Drivers may have multiple co-drivers but each will need a CAMS L2S Licence and Car Club membership, available from Targa West Events.

It’s just one month until the start of the 2017 Quit Targa Cup, which proved very popular in its inaugural year last year.

Entries to the Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series are restricted to 80 cars.

Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series dates:

Thursday 10 November 2016
Thursday 8 December 2016
Thursday 12 January 2017
Thursday 16 February 2017
Thursday 9 March 2017

"We’ve made it possible for competitors to enter all events now, which reduces administration and also allows them to set their schedules to contend the 2017 Quit Targa Cup,” Mr Tapper said.

Supplementary Regulations available for download here and online Entry Form available here.

The Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series is proudly supported by:

2016 Quit Targa Cup

Congratulations to the following for winning the inaugural Quit Targa Cups:

MODERN - 2003+
Driver - Will White
Co-Driver - Matt Thompson

EARLY MODERN - 1986 to 2002
Driver - Brett Gascoigne
Co-Driver - Kate Law

LATE CLASSIC - 1972 to 1985
Driver - Mark Dobson
Co-Driver - Nigel Jones

EARLY CLASSIC - 1947 to 1971
Driver - Simon Gunson
Co-Driver - Murray Armenti

Full series points tables are available by clicking here


The Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series is a five round series for Tarmac Rally cars with rounds held between November and March. To enter, all you need is a car that meets all the required safety standards for brakes, tyres and seat belts. The only additional equipment required is helmets for the driver and co-driver and a fire extinguisher. At only $200 per entry, it's great motorsport value with 4 runs over the 3.25 km Special Stage. Held mid week on a Thursday night it does not eat into your valuable weekend time.

The Shannons Targa Rallysprint series is designed to cater for drivers with a wide-range of skill and experience from novice through to those preparing for the WA’s premier tarmac event, the Quit Targa West.

Drivers and Co-Driver have their acceleration, braking, handling and teamwork skills tested as they navigate their way around the track against the clock.

For further information on the Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series email info@targawest.com.au