Megane RS 265 team to contest showroom category in Tassie tarmac rally during AprilRenault Sport and Walkinshaw Performance have joined forces to field a two-car team for this year's Targa Tasmania Ė and one of the drivers entered is Mike Sinclair, our very own Editor in Chief.
Sitting alongside him in the Renault Sport Megane 265 will be co-driver Bill Hayes, who was recently announced as one of the crew for Renault's Clio R3 assault on this year's Australian Rally Championship.
The other Megane to be entered in Targa Tasmania will be driven by Channel 7 personality and occasional V8 Supercar driver Grant Denyer, who will be partnered by Dale Moscatt, another of Renault's ARC Clio team members. Both cars will run in the Showroom category.
"We're extremely excited to field an official Renault Sport team in Targa Tasmania," Renault Australia's Marketing Director, Chris Bayman said.
"Renault Sport is committed to motorsport at both elite and grass roots levels. We have just announced our re-entry into the Australian Rally Championship but we're keen to see the brand strut its stuff in tarmac competition as well.
"Targa Tasmania is an event of world standing and our presence at the event is a key part of our commitment to motorsport Down Under. That we've been able to partner with motoring.com.au for the event is very pleasing."
Renault Sport Australia has contracted Walkinshaw Performance to assist with the preparation of the two cars, as well as privateer teams. It's a first for the aftermarket tuning company, previously known in Australia exclusively for its work modifying Holdens and HSVs. Both the 'works' entries have competed in Targa Tasmania in the past.
"I'm extremely excited to be heading back to Targa. I've done a fair bit of motorsport and there's nothing that's quite like the Tassie event," Denyer said.
"It's the Bathurst of tarmac rallies and the event that everybody wants to win... And the Megane RS 265 is the perfect tool for that job.
"We're going down there with a job to do, but I'm also looking forward to having some fun along the way."
The event is scheduled to run from April 16 to 21.