Targa Tasmania 2022: Brisbane man dies after fatal car crash

A 59-year-old Brisbane man has been killed in a fatal crash during the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally, local police have confirmed.

A 59-year-old Brisbane man has been killed in a fatal crash during the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally, police have confirmed.

On Wednesday afternoon, emergency services were rushed to an incident at Mount Roland, in the state’s north, where a vehicle participating in Targa Tasmania crashed over an embankment.

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No other vehicles were involved in the incident, which took place on the second day of the annual event.

Later on Wednesday, police confirmed the driver of the vehicle had died at the scene, while a female passenger received non-life-threatening injuries.

It marks the fourth death of a Targa Tasmania competitor in two years.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and his loved ones at this difficult time,” the statement read.

“Police do not have permission from the man’s family to release his name at this time.

“The crash is being investigated by police.

“The road remains closed while a crash investigation is carried out.

“A report will be prepared for the Coroner.”

A social event in Launceston for competitors at the end of Wednesday’s racing has been cancelled, organisers said.

“The thoughts of our the entire Targa community are with our fellow competitor’s family and his loved ones at this extremely difficult time,” Targa Australia chief executive Mark Perry said in a statement.

“We feel deeply for them all.

“We will work with Tasmania Police and Motorsport Australia to understand the full circumstances of the accident.”

Targa Tasmania received a record 502 entrants for its 30th anniversary event.

The 2022 rally event, in which competitors drive on public roads, was operating under its toughest safety guidelines in history following an independent investigation into three deaths from last year’s race.

The investigatory tribunal made 23 recommendations for future tarmac rally events, including speed limits, altering stages year-by-year to avoid complacency and a tiered licensing system.

Veteran Targa competitor Shane Navin was killed after his vehicle crashed at Double Barrel Creek on the West Coast before Hobart’s Leigh Mundy and Queensland navigator Dennis Neagle died when their Porsche veered off the road into a tree at high speed on the Cygnet stage.

The six-day tarmac rally is scheduled to finish in Hobart on Sunday after more 2000km of racing.

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