Targa Tasmania downgraded after fatal crash

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Organisers of Targa Tasmania have downgraded this year’s race to a non-competitive tour event after a fatal crash.

The latest tragedy follows last year’s race which saw three people killed sparking a number of changes to this year’s event to make it safer.

Targa Australia chief executive Mark Perry said he was “devastated” by the accident after implementing so many changes to improve the safety for drivers.

“It’s just hard to talk right now, to be honest,” he told the ABC. “We’re totally devastated given we worked so hard to improve the race.”

The organisers have since downgraded the race to a non-competitive tour event with drivers called on to observe signposted speed limits.

“The change to downgrade the event to touring only was a difficult one for all of us to make but one that was necessary in the current circumstances as we work through this difficult time,” Perry said in a statement.

“So much has been done to make this sport safer since our event 12 months ago, but we have still lost a member of the Targa family, and we all need time to further reflect.”

Motorsports Australia had recommended 23 changes to the race after last years fatalities, including changes to race routes and reducing speeds on some sections of the course.

“On behalf of everyone at Motorsport Australia, we offer our sympathies to those impacted by this tragedy,” said Michael Smith, Motorsport Australia’s director of motorsport.

“We are now working closely with the Tasmanian Police and emergency services, along with TARGA event organisers as the investigation into the incident begins.”