Every year, the Targa Tasmania rally held in Australia attracts an impressive array of high-performance vehicles which compete across timed stages in an event inspired by the Targa Florio once held on the island of Sicily.
The event isn’t restricted to sports cars and supercars, and rear-wheel drive machines like the Mazda MX-5 Miata are also particularly popular thanks to their lightweight design and the almost-unmatched driving thrills which they can provide.
Many of the stages of the Targa Tasmania are held through lush forests and open countryside, but there is also a fantastic street stage which winds its way through local neighborhoods. The video below shows how exciting the stage can be but also how on-point navigators need to be to keep drivers informed about what corners they are approaching.
Reading rally stage notes is no easy task, particularly when you’re speeding along regular streets with houses all around you. However, it seems like the navigator in this Miata was having a little too much fun sitting in the passenger seat and managed to forget a number of his notes and, on a couple of occasions, read out the wrong notes much to the confusion of the driver.
This year’s Targa Tasmania consisted of 33 special stages and a total distance exceeding 2000 km (1200 miles) from Launceston in the north of the state to Strahan in the west and Hobart in the south of the island state. The outright victory was taken by a Lotus Exige 350.