Dave chats with Ian Chesterman after the announcement TARGA Tasmania’s 30th anniversary event will mark a new timeslot in the sporting calendar with the event to move to a regular date in early March each year.

The tarmac classic will kick start a month of premium motorsport that will also include the Formula 1 race in Melbourne and the Supercars round at Symmons Plains.

The 29th running of the event, now to be held in 2021, will remain with the traditional post-Easter dates of April 19 to 24, before swapping to the March dates the following year for the major 30th anniversary event.

TARGA Australia has announced the dates out to 2027, with the event now tied to the week leading into the March Eight Hour Day long weekend. The F1 round will follow the following week with the Supercars due in the state in the weeks after that.

The event will also return to its traditional Tuesday to Sunday format, rather than Monday to Saturday, allowing more opportunities for Tasmanian fans to access the cars in action over the final weekend. The Monday following the event will be the public holiday providing an additional economic boost to the state.

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The dates for the 30th Anniversary and beyond have been set as:

*   8 to 13 March 2022 (30th Anniversary)
*   7 to 12 March 2023
*   5 to 10 March 2024
*   4 to 9 March 2025
*   3 to 8 March 2026
*   2 to 7 March 2027 (35th Anniversary)

Events Tasmania has agreed to the change, and TARGA CEO, Mark Perry, says the new dates will underpin the ongoing success of TARGA Tasmania.

“Having a set time on the calendar every year is a huge advantage for us to be able to continue to attract people to the event,” Perry said. “It makes everyone’s planning much simpler compared to the moving feast of dates we have always had to deal with, which resulted in TARGA being run anywhere from mid-April to early May.

“The March date also is far more appealing to visitors coming to Tasmania – they can enjoy our wonderful early autumn weather and the long days courtesy of daylight savings.

“We increasingly see the tour component of the event growing – people who have great cars and simply want to enjoy driving them on our great roads and enjoy the best of what Tasmania has to offer – and a March timeslot is much more appealing to them than the colder, wetter traditional spot.

“There is no doubt that losing the event this year was a blow, but with the support of Events Tasmania we can now plan for the future with great confidence. TARGA Tasmania is here to stay and now enjoys a premium spot on the Australian Motorsports calendar.”

The next event scheduled on the TARGA calendar is TARGA Great Barrier Reef from September 4 to 6, with early bird entries now extended to May 15.

The final round of the year, Targa High Country based at Mt Buller, has a new date as well. It will now run from November 13 to 15, a week later than originally scheduled.