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2008 Targa Tasmania

  1. TOYOTA RETURNS TO TARGA
  2. TALE OF TWO TARGAS
  3. TRD MAKES TARMAC DEBUT
  4. TRD AURION - RACE CAR SPECIFICATIONS
  5. TRD AURION - PRODUCTION CAR SPECIFICATIONS
  6. NEAL BATES - PROFILE
  7. CORAL TAYLOR - PROFILE
  8. SIMON EVANS - PROFILE
  9. TOYOTA'S TARGA WITH A DIFFERENCE
  10. SUE EVANS - PROFILE
  11. GREG RUST PROFILE
  12. JONATHAN COLEMAN - PROFILE
  13. KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY PROFILE
  14. CAMERON WILLIAMS - PROFILE
  15. 2008 TARGA TASMANIA SCHEDULE AND ROUTE CHART
  16. TRD HEADS TO RALLY CANBERRA VIA PERTH AND TARGA
  17. TRD TRANSFORMS AUSTRALIA'S MOST POPULAR UTE
  18. TOYOTA EXPANDS MOTORSPORT PROGRAM FOR 2008

TOYOTA RETURNS TO TARGA


Toyota Australia is mounting a two-car assault on the 2008 Targa Tasmania tarmac rally, entering two TRD Aurions in what will be the supercharged V6-powered car's first competitive outing.

Toyota returns to Targa for the first time since entering a V6-powered Camry in 2003 for motorsport legends Colin Bond and Murray Walker.

The two TRD-liveried cars will be driven in the six-day event by rally champions Neal Bates and Simon Evans.

Former Targa winner Bates will be joined by his regular co-driver Coral Taylor in a race-prepared version of Toyota's new performance sedan, while Evans will drive a near-standard TRD Aurion alongside a host of celebrity co-drivers.

Both TRD Aurions have been prepared at Neal Bates Motorsport by the same team that designs, builds and runs Toyota's multi-championship-winning Australian Rally Championship (ARC) Corollas.

Bates - who was heavily-involved with the development of the locally assembled supercharged TRD Aurion - believes the car has the potential to surprise some of its rivals in the hotly-contested Modern Competition category.

"Targa is one of the biggest and most loved events in Australian motorsport. We are all very excited to be returning," Bates said.

"The TRD Aurion is a great package and I believe we will surprise some of the other crews with our pace. A top-15 placing is our goal and a top-10 placing is not entirely out of the question.

"It is also really exciting to be giving the TRD Aurion its race debut on the very roads the car was developed to suit."

Simon Evans will only be accompanied by his wife and regular ARC co-driver Sue during Targa's Prologue. The two-time national rally champion believes the celebrity co-driver concept could produce some interesting results.

"It will be very strange without Sue sitting next to me for all but the Prologue, but it will give me a chance to spend time with the celebrities in an environment that is pretty far removed from how we normally see them," Simon Evans said.

Evans will be joined by the host of Network Ten's RPM motorsport program Greg Rust, morning TV show host Kerri-Anne Kennerley, TODAY show sports presenter Cameron Williams and radio personality Jonathan Coleman.

"Greg Rust and I have spent some time working on his co-driving. The other celebrities will be coached by Sue, so all-in-all it will be interesting to see how competitive we can be," the two-time rally champion said.

"Of course we won't be going for the top 10 like Neal and Coral, but I think people will be surprised how well the near-standard TRD Aurion will go. It is a very quick car. It brakes well and handles superbly so I am confident."

Each competing car is given special Targa Tasmania numberplates for the event. Bates and Taylor will compete in the Modern Competition class and will be car #960. Evans is running in the Showroom 2WD class and is car #929.

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TALE OF TWO TARGAS


Toyota Australia is entering two TRD Aurions in the 2008 edition of Targa Tasmania - and while one will be fighting for a top-10 overall position, the second entry will bring a unique aspect to the Apple Isle's tarmac classic.

The first of Toyota's entries is a specially prepared race version of the supercharged V6 TRD Aurion that will be piloted by former Targa winners Neal Bates and Coral Taylor.

The second TRD Aurion is near production specification and will be driven by reigning Australian rally champion Simon Evans, who will be accompanied by a series of celebrity co-drivers throughout the event.

Bates and Taylor are experienced Targa competitors and secured overall victory in 1995 driving a Toyota Celica GT-Four. They also have three class wins behind the wheel of a Lexus IS200.

The duo have won three Australian Rally Championship (ARC) titles together and are looking forward to returning to Targa and giving the TRD Aurion its competitive debut.

"Coral and I thoroughly enjoy competing in Targa Tasmania and it will be great to again be part of one of Australian motorsport's biggest events," Bates said.

"It also makes me immensely proud and excited to be returning in the TRD Aurion - a car that I assisted in developing on the very roads Targa runs on.

"We hope to be running at the pointy end of the field and I honestly believe a top-15 finish is achievable, with top-10 being our ultimate goal."

Simon Evans is keen to see how the near-standard TRD Aurion will perform, but with a host of celebrity co-drivers sitting next to him, he knows every day will be a new challenge.

"The concept for my car in Targa is an interesting one and will certainly bring a new element to tarmac rally competition," Evans said.

"I often give celebrities a ride in my Corolla rally car, but only ever on a short section of gravel road. Having them spend a whole day actually competing and calling directions will be a new experience for everyone.

"But my wife and regular co-driver Sue will be training each of them, so I have confidence in knowing they have had the best training possible."

The Bates/Taylor TRD Aurion will be competing in the Modern Competition category as car #960, while the Evans celebrity car is entered in the Showroom 2WD class and is car #929.

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TRD MAKES TARMAC DEBUT


The 2008 edition of Targa Tasmania marks the racing debut of Toyota's new TRD Aurion performance sedan, a car designed and developed locally with assistance from former Targa winner Neal Bates.

Launched in August 2007, the TRD Aurion is the first in a line of performance cars to be produced by Toyota Australia under the Toyota Racing Development brand.

The TRD Aurion, powered by a 241kW, 3.5-litre, supercharged V6 engine and featuring suspension and brakes tuned and developed on the roads of Tasmania, will be in its element during Targa.

Three-time Australian rally champion and 1995 Targa champion Neal Bates played an integral part in the production car's development, helping to fine-tune its dynamic handling.

When Toyota decided to tackle Targa with the TRD Aurion, the team at Neal Bates Motorsport was the natural choice to develop a race version of the first production car in the world to wear the TRD badge.

The team have had to do little to the standard TRD Aurion to get it prepared for competition, aside from fitting a roll-cage, race seats and mandatory safety equipment. Bates attributes this to the high-quality of the production version.

"We have not had too many issues in developing it for competition, because the standard road-going TRD Aurion was developed and manufactured to such a high standard," Bates said.

"We have fitted a competition-spec brake package and race suspension, but this is simply because we will be pushing the vehicle to its absolute limit - well above what everyday motorists would ever experience.

"It also gives me great satisfaction to turn Toyota Australia's first locally developed performance production car into what I believe will be a competitive race car."

Bates thinks he and co-driver Coral Taylor will be challenging at the front end of the field and hopes to surprise some of his rivals.

"I think we will give the crews driving cars specifically-designed for racing a real shake-up," the 1995 Targa winner said. "Top-10 would be the dream result, but I think we are capable of a Top-15 result if all goes well."

Bates and Taylor will be competing in the Modern Competition class where the TRD Aurion will be classified in the Contemporary category for vehicles manufactured 1998 and onwards.

Targa Tasmania is one part of Toyota Australia's expanded motorsport program for 2008. Apart from its all-conquering rally team, Toyota is also involved in drifting, drag racing, off-road racing and stunt driving.

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TRD AURION - RACE CAR SPECIFICATIONS


Engine type: Supercharged V6
Designation: 2GR-FE
Configuration: Six cylinders, 60 degree V-formation, chain-driven DOHC with roller rockers, four valves per cylinder, all alloy, cross-flow heads, cast-iron cylinder liners
Valve mechanism: Twin Cam Multi-valve
Fuel system: Sequential multi-point injection
Displacement: 3.5-litre
Bore x stroke: 94.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.8:1
Max power: 241kW @ 6400rpm
Max torque: 400Nm @ 4000rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, electronically controlled with lock-up torque converter and artificial intelligence shift control
Steering system: Power-assisted rack and pinion
Front brakes: AP Racing 356mm diameter ventilated disc with aluminium four-piston calipers
Rear brakes: Single piston, 310 x 18mm ventilated discs
Front suspension: Independent MacPherson Strut with coil springs, double-acting gas-filled dampers and anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: Independent MacPherson Strut with coil springs, double-acting gas-filled dampers and anti-roll bar
Wheels: 19 x 8J alloys
Overall length: 4890mm
Width: 1820mm
Height: 1460mm
Wheelbase: 2775mm
Front track: 1572mm
Rear track: 1562mm

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TRD AURION - PRODUCTION CAR SPECIFICATIONS


Engine type: Supercharged V6
Designation: 2GR-FE
Configuration: Six cylinders, 60 degree V-formation, chain-driven DOHC with roller rockers, four valves per-cylinder, all alloy, cross-flow heads, cast-iron cylinder liners
Bore x stroke: 94.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.8:1
Fuel system: Sequential multi-point injection
Max power: 241kW @ 6400rpm
Max torque: 400Nm @ 4000rpm
0-100km/h: 6.09 seconds
Driven wheels: Front
Transmission description: Six-speed automatic, electronically controlled with lock-up torque converter and artificial intelligence shift control
Steering: Power-assisted rack and pinion
Front brakes: Dual piston, ventilated discs, 325mm x 32mm
Rear brakes: Single piston, ventilated discs, 310mm x 18mm
Front suspension: TRD unique sports suspension with increased coil spring rates and re-tuned shock absorbers, ball-joint-mounted anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: TRD unique sports suspension with increased coil spring rates and re-tuned shock absorbers incorporating internal rebound springs
Wheels: 19 x 8J alloys
Tyres: 245/35ZR19 93Y
Length: 4890mm
Width: 1820mm
Height: 1460mm
Wheelbase: 2775mm
Front track: 1572mm
Rear track: 1562mm

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NEAL BATES - PROFILE


Born: 19 March 1965
Lives: Royalla, NSW
Status: Married to Jane

Former Targa Tasmania winner and triple Australian rally champion Neal Bates is one of the most successful and popular drivers in the sport's history and has been an ambassador for Toyota for more than 15 years.

Bates and co-driver Coral Taylor were the first crew to win three successive Australian Rally Championships, driving Toyota Celicas to victory in 1993, '94 and '95 as well as securing outright victory in the 1995 edition of Targa.

In 2006 and 2007 the duo placed second overall in the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) behind team-mates Simon and Sue Evans. Their 2007 result was a remarkable achievement, given they spent the season developing the team's new Super 2000 Corolla.

Bates became the first driver in the history of the ARC to win stages and finish on the podium in an S2000 car.

Although best known for his exploits on gravel, Bates has had a long and distinguished career in tarmac rallies and circuit events.

It all started when Bates was invited to take part in the 1989 Toyota Star Search circuit racing program following promising runs in an early model Celica in some rallies.

Despite his then-limited bitumen experience, Bates won his class at Bathurst driving a works Corolla.

That class win started an affinity with Australia's most-revered circuit as Neal has contested the Bathurst 1000 11 times, finishing in the top 10 twice.

He has also recorded six class victories in the Bathurst 12-hour endurance race, recording class pole position, fastest lap and victory for the last two years.

His outright victory in Targa Tasmania in 1995 was achieved driving a Toyota Celica GT-Four, and he also scored three successive class wins with a Lexus IS200 in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Neal's talents have been also recognised internationally by Toyota Team Europe, which gave him the opportunity to compete in some rounds of the World Rally Championship.

He competed in his first International Rally with TTE in 1991 at Rally Australia and in 1996 finished an amazing sixth outright in the New Zealand WRC round.

ACHIEVEMENTS
1989 1st - Toyota Star Search
1989 1st in Class - Bathurst 1000 (Toyota Corolla)
1991 1st in Class - Bathurst 12 Hour (Toyota Celica SX)
1992 1st in Class - Bathurst 12 Hour (Toyota MR2)
1993 1st - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185)
1993 1st in Class - Bathurst 12 Hour (Toyota MR2)
1994 1st - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185 &
Celica GT-Four ST205)
1994 1st in Class - Bathurst 12 Hour (Toyota MR2)
1995 1st - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205)
1995 1st Outright - Targa Tasmania (Toyota Celica GT-4)
1996 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205)
1997 3rd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 & Toyota Corolla WRC)
1998 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla WRC)
1999 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla WRC)
1999 1st in Class - Targa Tasmania (Lexus IS200)
2000 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla WRC)
2000 1st in Class - Targa Tasmania (Lexus IS200)
2001 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla WRC)
2001 1st in Class - Targa Tasmania (Lexus IS200)
2006 1st in Class - Bathurst 12 Hour (Toyota Celica)
2006 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2007 1st in Class - Bathurst 12 Hour (Toyota Celica)
2007 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Super 2000)

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CORAL TAYLOR - PROFILE


Born: 20 February 1961
Lives: Arcadia, NSW
Status: Married to Mark

Coral Taylor is one of the most successful women in the history of Australian motorsport.

She has secured three Australian rally championships with team-mate Neal Bates and the pair also scored outright victory in the 1995 edition of Targa Tasmania.

While Taylor is best known for her success on gravel, Taylor and Bates stormed to victory in 1995's Targa tarmac classic competing in a Toyota Celica GT-Four.

The pair then followed up with three successive class wins from 1999 to 2001 in a Lexus IS200.

The daughter of rally veteran Norm Fritter, Coral Taylor made her motorsport debut at the age of 18 as co-driver for her father in the gruelling 1979 Repco Round Australia Trial, sparking a passion that has not waned since.

She won her first rally as a co-driver for Peter Glennie in 1986 and began her association with Toyota in 1993, when she teamed up with Neal Bates to rewrite the local record books.

The duo won the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) at their first attempt and then backed up to win the next two years.

Taylor and Bates ran at the head of the ARC field in both world rally-spec Celica GT-Fours and Corollas until 2001, when a rule change forced them out of the ARC for a year while the team built a new car.

However, the pair returned in 2003 with a brand-new car and finished sixth in the 2004 and 2005 championships before returning to the top step of the podium at the 2006 Capital Rally in Canberra on the way to finishing the season second in the standings.

In 2007 Coral and Neal started a new chapter in the ARC by developing a new Super 2000-spec Corolla, remarkably finishing second in the championship and becoming the first crew to win stages and finish on the podium in a S2000 car.

ACHIEVEMENTS
1993 1st - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185)
1994 1st - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185 & Celica GT-Four ST205)
1995 1st - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205)
1995 1st Outright - Targa Tasmania (Toyota Celica GT-Four)
1996 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205)
1997 3rd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205 & Toyota Corolla WRC)
1998 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla WRC)
1999 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla WRC)
1999 1st in Class - Targa Tasmania (Lexus IS200)
2000 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla WRC)
2000 1st in Class - Targa Tasmania (Lexus IS200)
2001 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla WRC)
2001 1st in Class - Targa Tasmania (Lexus IS200)
2006 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2007 2nd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Super 2000)

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SIMON EVANS - PROFILE


Born: 17 June 1972
Lives: Nar Nar Goon, Vic
Status: Married to Sue

Simon Evans is among the public favourites of Australian motorsport and was named Motor Sport Personality of the Year in 2003.

Known for his aggressive, spectacular driving style and blinding speed, Evans has cemented his spot among the Australian rallying elite by claiming back-to-back Australian Rally Championship (ARC) titles in 2006 and 2007.

Evans toned down the aggressive approach that was a feature of his driving before he joined Toyota and has driven in a measured and mature manner throughout the last two seasons, reaching unseen levels of performance in the 2007 season.

He and his co-driver wife Sue became the first pairing in ARC history to win every heat and every round in a season - claiming victory in all 12 heats and at all six rounds behind the wheel of their turbo-charged Corolla.

The Evans duo joined the TRD Rally operation at the start of the 2004 championship, immediately taking the title fight down to the wire before finishing in third place. This was a remarkable feat given the duo were actually leading the championship before a frightening crash in Rally Tasmania saw their Corolla slide into a tree stump, resulting in a broken leg for Simon.

The Evans crew was again third in 2005, before their breakthrough season in 2006 saw them secure a dominant title victory.

The country's number-one rally driver is also no stranger to tarmac and has competed previously in Targa Tasmania and in numerous international events.

ACHIEVEMENTS
1995 1st Toyota Corolla Cup - Australian Rally Championship
1996 1st Toyota Corolla Cup - Australian Rally Championship
1999 1st Formula 2 Class - Australian Rally Championship (VW Golf F2)
2000 1st Formula 2 Class - Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (VW Golf F2)
2002 2nd Privateers Cup - Australian Rally Championship (Subaru Impreza WRX)
2003 2nd Privateers Cup - Australian Rally Championship (Subaru Impreza WRX)
2004 3rd Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2005 3rd Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2006 1st Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2007 1st Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))

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TOYOTA'S TARGA WITH A DIFFERENCE


Apart from Neal Bates and Coral Taylor's formidable pairing in the Modern Competition class of Targa Tasmania, the TRD team's second TRD Aurion (car #929) will be piloted by reigning Australian rally champion Simon Evans and co-driven by a host of celebrity guests.

Driving a near-standard TRD Aurion, Evans is competing in the Showroom 2WD class and will be joined each day by a celebrity who will take on the role of co-driver, guiding Evans across a day of challenging Targa stages.

This unique concept will give each of the celebrities an insight into what it takes to compete in a major motorsport event, as well as providing Simon with a new challenge on each of the six days.

To ensure the car is set-up correctly and to maximise his car's starting position Simon will be joined on the Prologue by his regular co-driver and wife, Sue, who will then become co-driver coach to each of the celebrity guests.

Simon Evans' co-driver timetable - 2008 Targa Tasmania

Prologue: Sue Evans - Two-time Australian rally champion co-driver
Leg 1: Greg Rust - Host of motorsport show RPM (Network Ten)
Leg 2: Jonathan Coleman - Radio personality (The Jonathan Coleman Experience)
Leg 3: Competition winner
Leg 4: Kerri-Anne Kennerley - Host of Mornings with Kerri-Anne (Channel Nine)
Leg 5: Cameron Williams - TODAY show sports reporter (Channel Nine)

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SUE EVANS - PROFILE


Born: 20 June 1972
Lives: Nar Nar Goon, Vic
Status: Married to Simon

In partnership with her husband Simon, Sue Evans forms one half of one of the most popular and fastest rally crews in the country.

The current Australian Motor Sport Personality of the Year and the winner of the 2006 and 2007 Australian Rally Championship (ARC) co-driver titles, Sue is one of the leading women on the Australian motorsport scene.

Born just three days after Simon, the pair were high school sweethearts in Pakenham on the suburban fringe of Melbourne and also enjoyed a mutual passion for motorsport. They married in 1995 at the age of 23.

The pair ventured into the sport in 1991 as teenagers, initially both as drivers.

However, Sue crashed on her very first event and as Simon showed ability honed from driving since the age of eight, she decided to sit back and support her man from the sidelines.

Sue became Simon's co-driver in 1999 and - despite a tense start when Sue was rendered speechless for the first four stages of their first event together - they enjoyed a giant-killing couple of seasons with Formula 2 class victories in a factory-backed Volkswagen Golf in the ARC and the Asia-Pacific championships.

After competing for a few seasons in a Subaru and enduring financial torture to keep their dream alive, Sue and Simon welcomed the move to the factory Toyota team in 2004 where they made an immediate impact, winning their first event in Western Australia and leading the championship until mid-season when Simon crashed heavily in Tasmania and broke his leg.

However, the pair rebounded well and by 2006 they had secured their first championship - the win fittingly came at their home event in Melbourne.

Not content with winning one title, Sue and Simon clinched back-to-back titles and created ARC history in 2007, becoming the first co-driver and driver to win every heat and every round in a season.

Simon and Sue have two children: son Jackson, 12, and nine-year-old daughter Eden.

ACHIEVEMENTS
1999 1st - Formula 2 Class - Australian Rally Championship (VW Golf F2)
2000 1st - Formula 2 Class - Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (VW Golf F2)
2002 2nd - Privateers Cup - Australian Rally Championship (Subaru Impreza WRX)
2003 2nd - Privateers Cup - Australian Rally Championship (Subaru Impreza WRX)
2004 3rd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2005 3rd - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2006 1st - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2007 1st - Australian Rally Championship (Toyota Corolla Group N (Prototype))
2007 Australian Motor Sport Personality of the Year

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GREG RUST PROFILE


Host of motorsport show RPM (Network Ten)

Greg is Network Ten's face of motorsport, hosting Formula One coverage, the Red Bull Air Race World Series, commentating on Moto GP as well as fronting Ten's flagship motorsport show RPM.

Born into a family with a genuine love for all forms of motorsport, Greg was a regular at the Sydney Showground Speedway before he could even walk.

In his late teens and early 20s he enjoyed some class wins as a driver in rallysprints and khana-crosses before turning his focus to karting. Greg still competes whenever he gets the chance and won the annual 12-hour enduro at Eastern Creek in 2003 with kart aces Troy Hunt and Tim Craig and has even sampled V8 Supercars for story research.

The skills learned during amateur competition still serve him well, but Greg realised early on that his ability behind the wheel didn't match his journalistic capabilities.

Trained at the Australian Film Television and Radio school and by voiceover great Max Rowley, it's behind the microphone that Rust has really excelled.

He cut his teeth as a PA announcer for truck racing, karts and touring cars, but his big break came in 1996 when he was hired by Channel Nine to call the support races at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Rust joined TEN's V8 commentary team two years later and played an integral role in the Logie award-winning broadcasts. His pit reporting is world class and at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and Gold Coast Indy carnival he was ensconced in the pit lane action.

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JONATHAN COLEMAN - PROFILE


Radio and television personality - The Jonathan Coleman Experience

Now living back in Australia after 16 years in the UK, Jonathan 'Jono' Coleman has been credited as being one of Australia's most successful exports to the UK.

Jono created a name for himself in the '80s through Simon Townsend's Wonder World TV show and as one half of The Jono and Dano Show - a popular program on the Triple-M radio network.

Whilst in the UK he hosted the Jono and Harriet on Heart 106.2FM radio show, a number one rating breakfast show that attracted more than 2.5 million listeners per week. On UK television, Jono had a long line of TV credits but appeared regularly on the UK breakfast TV show GMTV.

In Australia, Jono has been a regular guest as a UK correspondent for Australian television and radio since first arriving in the UK in 1990. For his last year in London he presented the Global Notebook segment twice a week on Sunrise (Seven Network).

For the last five years, Jono has been the host of the nationally syndicated weekly radio series My Generation for MCM Entertainment, networking on 105 stations around Australia on the Gold Network every weekend. It is the second-biggest syndicated show in Australia.

Since returning from the UK in late 2006, Jono launched The Jonathan Coleman Experience with Julia Zemiro radio show, which airs during the popular drive shift and continues to grow its network of stations.

On Australian Television, Jono has been both a UK correspondent and the movie reviewer for Sunrise on Seven since 2001. He is now a weekly regular on Mornings with Kerri-Anne for Channel Nine as well as the popular face of UKTV on Pay TV presenting their Preview program.

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KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY PROFILE


Host - Mornings with Kerri-Anne (Channel Nine)

Affectionately known as KAK, Kerri-Anne Kennerley has been one of Australia's favourite faces since her first appearance on television in 1968.

Born in Sandgate, Brisbane, Kerri-Anne has wanted to perform for as long as she can remember and singing in a local group led to her first TV appearance on kids' television show Everybody In.

Her persistence resulted in a job co-hosting the program. After hosting the Saturday show, Kerri-Anne went solo, touring the world as a cabaret singer. She lived and worked in New York for several years, where she met her husband, John Kennerley. John's decision to move to Australia brought Kerri-Anne home again and they became the first couple to marry at the Sydney Opera House.

After a brief period acting in Aussie soap The Restless Years, Kerri-Anne landed a job as the presenter of Good Morning Australia (GMA).

She co-hosted the show for 11 years and became a household name. After GMA finished, Kerri-Anne worked in radio, where in addition to her on-air role she was CEO of the station for media mogul John Singleton. She next worked for Network Ten, producing and hosting Monday-Friday.

Kerri-Anne then achieved her long-time ambition to host Middaywhich became the most watched daytime program in Australia.

Now presenting Mornings with Kerri-Anne, she has combined her love of fabulous frocks and shoes with irreverent interviews with Australia's VIPs and a caring attitude to the issues facing her audience.

"I'm still here because I love what I do," she says of her long career.

"Life doesn't hand you things on a platter. You have to be prepared to work for them and that means having a goal and believing in it, and in yourself. If you don't believe in your goals, then you have to find something you do believe in. How can you expect others to believe in you, if you don't believe in yourself?"

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CAMERON WILLIAMS - PROFILE


TODAY show sports reporter (Channel Nine)

Born in Emerald, Queensland, Cameron's journalism career began in 1984 with a cadetship at The Courier-Mail newspaper in Brisbane.

From there he moved to The Australian offices in Melbourne where he wrote sports features and columns, before joining the Seven Network in 1988.

Apart from his main role as Seven News presenter, Cameron also at various times hosted Sportsworld, 11am, and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where he called Matt Ryan's equestrian double gold for Australia.

In 1996 he signed as the face of Fox Sports for five years, anchoring NRL On Fox, the Dally M Awards, Super 12 Rugby, Wimbledon, the Winter Olympics, the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and Fox Sports News.

Before joining TODAY in January 2006, Cameron was breakfast announcer at 2HD in Newcastle.

A keen swimmer and race-goer, Cameron also has a passion for photography and is no stranger to the co-driver seat next to Simon Evans.

During a visit to the Toyota rally team at last year's Toyota Rally South Australia, Simon took Cameron for a spin in his championship-winning Corolla rally car before Cameron presented a TODAY show segment from inside Neal Bates' S2000 Corolla.

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2008 TARGA TASMANIA SCHEDULE AND ROUTE CHART


The 17th edition of Targa Tasmania will be held from 15-20 April 2008.

In 2008, Targa Tasmania runs over six days of competitive driving based around Launceston, Devonport, Strahan and Hobart.

Prologue: Tuesday, 15 April - Targa's opening event is a short prologue in George Town that will determine the starting order for Day 2.

Leg 1: Wednesday, 16 April - Nine stages make up the second day of action and run in the area between Devonport and Launceston.

Leg 2: Thursday, 17 April - Based around Launceston, teams will compete in eight competitive stages that run as far east as the coastal town of St Helens.

Leg 3: Friday, 18 April - Eight stages are again a feature of a day based in Devonport and its surrounding mountain roads.

Leg 4: Saturday, 19 April - The island's north-west is the scene of another run of eight stages that take the teams to Strahan on the west coast by day's end.

Leg 5: Sunday, 20 April - The sixth and final day contains six stages and runs from Strahan on the west coast down to the capital Hobart for the event's conclusion.

2008 Targa Tasmania route chart

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TRD HEADS TO RALLY CANBERRA VIA PERTH AND TARGA


The TRD Rally Team has had a hectic schedule in the lead-up to Targa Tasmania, contesting the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) in Perth last weekend before heading to back to Canberra and on to Launceston for the start of Targa.

Making the task even more difficult is the scheduling of the team's home event, the Capital Rally in Canberra on 10-11 May, only two weeks after the end of Targa.

Toyota's Canberra-based TRD Rally Team has crossed the Nullarbor twice in a week, with the trek to the west being a successful one as team boss and 1995 Targa winner Neal Bates won the ARC's season-opening event near Busselton south of Perth.

Following last weekend's win the team drove back to Canberra to collect the two TRD Aurions it will use in Targa, before driving to Melbourne to make the journey to Launceston on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry.

At the completion of Targa the team then heads straight back to Canberra to prepare for round two of the ARC, the final stage of the team's epic start to the 2008 season.

Three-time Australian rally champion Bates said although the team is used to multiple events in a tight timeframe, travelling to Perth, Tasmania and back to Canberra has not been an easy task.

He and the team are looking forward to tackling Targa's tarmac but know they must keep one eye on preparations for Canberra's rally.

"To say it has been a busy few weeks would be an understatement," Bates said.

"The entire team has worked tirelessly to prepare our two S2000 Corollas for Perth and the two TRD Aurions for Targa, but the fact that we all went from Canberra to Perth and back in a week was very impressive.

"The win in Perth was a testament to how well the team works in pressure situations and certainly has enhanced our motivation to come to Targa and then get back to the workshop for our home rally in two weeks' time.

"However, we are leaving some of the guys back in the workshop while we are in Tasmania to ensure everything is well advanced for the Capital Rally when the rest of the team gets back from Targa."

Bates' win in Perth was his first outright win since Canberra 2006 and has left him hungry to win again at his home event.

"To win the first rally for an S2000 car in this country, and to do it when the guys have been so busy, is really motivating for the whole team," Bates said.

Although team-mate and reigning series champion Simon Evans retired when in the lead in Perth, he is ready to bounce back in Canberra.

"My DNF in Perth was the first time I haven't won a heat since the end of 2006, so we have had a great run," Evans said.

"However, I already miss winning so you will definitely see Corolla #1 charging through the forests of Canberra a little more purposefully than normal."

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TRD TRANSFORMS AUSTRALIA'S MOST POPULAR UTE


Toyota Australia's TRD division has transformed Australia's most popular ute into a tough yet sophisticated performance-enhanced vehicle.

The new TRD HiLux offers a unique "tough truck" experience with supercharged performance, Bilstein sports suspension, sophisticated ride, 17-inch alloy wheels, beefier brakes and strong, powerful styling.

Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said TRD HiLux delivers sports-truck credibility with real-world practicality.

"TRD HiLux is the ultimate active ute," Mr Buttner said.

"It offers scintillating performance and dramatic styling while still being able to carry a full load and perform a hard day's work," he said.

TRD HiLux is derived from the double-cab 4x4 version of the standard HiLux, which is the third best-selling vehicle range in Australia.

Its 4.0-litre quad-cam V6 petrol engine is fitted with an intercooled Eaton supercharger, which boosts maximum power by 28.5 per cent to 225kW and peak torque by 20.4 per cent to 453Nm.

The engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, pumps out more torque than the standard engine's 376Nm maximum from just above idle all the way to around 5700rpm.

TRD HiLux accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds.

Remarkably, the supercharged TRD HiLux returns official fuel-economy figures comparable with the standard HiLux at just 12.9 litres per 100km*.

Mr Buttner said the target market was mainly men aged 30 to 39 who were actively seeking performance vehicles.

"Dealers have told us for some time there is a latent demand for a performance truck from Toyota.

"TRD HiLux will be the tradie's choice; it will also be the prestige choice of owner-operators and business proprietors."

The TRD-fettled HiLux creates its own segment as the only volume-production supercharged ute sold in Australia.

It is available in two grades, 4000S and 4000SL.

Both grades come standard with twin front airbags, ABS anti-skid brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking and DataDot security.

TRD HiLux has specially calibrated monotube Bilstein shock absorbers and 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres.

Other enhancements include larger front brake rotors and calipers, a TRD body kit, sports bar and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever.

"Drivers will notice a more compliant ride and flatter, more controlled cornering in a wide range of load and surface conditions.

"TRD HiLux has also improved the off-road capabilities with a wider departure angle due to the new TRD rear bumper," Mr Buttner said.

TRD HiLux 4000S is priced at $59,990^ and the 4000SL at $64,990^. The only option is metallic paint at $300.

This is the second vehicle from TRD in Australia. TRD Aurion was launched in August last year.


* Fuel consumption figure is from the ADR 81/01 combined-cycle test. Actual fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories.

^ Recommended retail prices exclude dealer delivery, government and statutory charges and optional extras.

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TOYOTA EXPANDS MOTORSPORT PROGRAM FOR 2008


Toyota Australia is set for a bumper year in domestic motorsport in 2008 with a significant expansion of its racing activities that will break new and exciting ground for the brand.

The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Rally Team - fresh from back-to-back Australian Rally Championship (ARC) titles in 2006 and 07 - will be chasing a three-peat in 2008 with a pair of Super 2000 Corollas.

The TRD S2000 Corollas will be joined in the ARC this year by two privateer-run Group N (P) Corollas.

Young-gun Glen Raymond and experienced campaigner Stewart Reid are both set to compete in the 2008 ARC season using ex-TRD Corollas.

In April, former outright winner Neal Bates and the TRD crew will turn their attention to Targa Tasmania in a welcome return to tarmac rallying for Toyota using a race-spec TRD Aurion.

The duo will be joined by Simon Evans who will compete in a near-standard TRD Aurion alongside a variety of celebrities. They will each spend one day of the six-day tarmac event acting as his co-driver.

Each celebrity will be coached by 2007 Motor Sport Personality of the Year and 2006/2007 ARC co-driver champion Sue Evans.

Targa competitor Rick Bates will direct an exciting new motorsport show in 2008 with the arrival of the V6 HiLux Heroes stunt driving team, featuring multiple Guinness World Record-holding stunt driver Lawrence 'The Legend' Ryan.

The V6 HiLux Heroes will be part of some of the biggest local and metropolitan show days in 2008 - including the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show - and will wow the crowds around the country with stunts and formation driving.

Toyota will also have a strong presence in drag racing in 2008 thanks to the Ultimate Motorsports team and their TRD Pro Factory Extreme drag car that accelerates from 0-100km/h in less than one second.

Piloted by former Australian champion Tony Wedlock, local fans will get to see a Toyota blasting down a drag strip at more than 350km/h.

2006 Australian Drift Champion Beau Yates' 1984 Toyota Sprinter may be a little slower in a straight line than Wedlock's Camry, but it still burns a fair amount of rubber.

Nicknamed 'The Show', 25-year-old Yates outpaced and out-styled everyone in 2006 and will be back in 2008 to again show that the age of a car is no barrier to success in one of the world's fastest-growing motorsport categories.

Toyota Australia will also have a presence in the Australian Off-Road Championship, the famed Nurburgring 24-hour race and the Australian Sprint Car series.

It is also set to be a strong year internationally for Toyota with Formula 1 team Panasonic Toyota Racing signing reigning GP2 champion Timo Glock. There's also an expanded NASCAR Sprint Cup program in the United States where Toyota has already tasted success in the season's early races.

Toyota Australia's motorsport manager Todd Connolly was excited that Toyota would be bringing motorsport to so many people across the country in so many different categories.

"In 2008 Toyota is unleashing a new level of excitement for its products, thanks to a fantastically diverse range of motorsport activities," Mr Connolly said.

"It is set to be our biggest motorsport program ever and demonstrates that quality, durability and reliability are as essential in the cut and thrust of motorsport as they are when you buy a normal road car.

"These activities will also take us to audiences we may not be reaching with our existing programs, particularly through the V6 HiLux Heroes in regional Australia."

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