As the reigning CAMS Australian Targa Championship classic competition titleholder, you’d think that there was extra pressure on Queenslander, Donn Todd, heading into this month’s Supaloc Targa Adelaide.
But the 1971 Ford Capri Perana driver is as laid back as ever as he readies to compete in Adelaide for the second straight year.
“There’s not really any added pressure,” Todd says. “We just out there to have a bit of fun and we’ll see how we go.
“We went and tested the car the other day and made some suspension and shock absorber changes, and the car feels really good, so we’ll be faster this year than we were 12 months ago.”
Todd finished fourth in Adelaide in 2011, and the smart money is on him improving on that this time around.
The defending champion thinks that one of his biggest rivals this year will come from the Porsche of South Australian Roger Patterson.
“Especially being from Adelaide and on home ground, Roger will be really fast. Another local, Craig Haysman in a Triumph TR7 V8 will also be one to watch” says Todd.
Todd and co-driver, Dean Tighe, won the 2011/2012 championship after consistent run over the four rounds, and it’s a plan that they will again follow this year.
Supaloc Targa Adelaide runs from August 22 to 26, kicking off at the Adelaide Showgrounds with Intercontinental Adelaide Targa Night Stage on the Wednesday night. Cars then tackle 235 competitive kilometres across 29 closed road special stages across the next four days, finishing back at Gouger Street in the city on Sunday, August 26.
For an entry list and spectator details, visit the event website at www.targa.com.au