Targa Rally and Race4Life square off on luge track

The rally course was swapped for the luge track in Queenstown yesterday, as teams from the Targa Rally and charity Race4Life got behind the wheel - or the handlebars, anyway.

The friendly race, held at Skyline Queenstown’s luge track, was held to usher in next week’s rally.

Race4Life, which grants "wishes" to palliative care patients, has been named the rally’s chosen charity for the next five years.

Race4Life general manager Viv James said the luge race was a nice way to begin the event.

"There’s no doubt we’re going to win," she joked before the showdown.

She said the level of support the charity received from Queenstown was huge, with more than 20 businesses helping out on a regular basis. The races were a close-run thing, but it appeared the Targa team had the edge.

Targa Rally managing director Peter Martin said Race4Life was a charity that "fits in nicely" with the rally’s purpose - bringing together people from all walks life who share a love of cars.

This year’s rally starts in Invercargill on Monday, and will wrap up with a prize giving at Coronet Peak in Queenstown next Sunday.

Targa Rally’s Victoria Main and Peter Martin lead the pack on the luge track. Photo: Daisy Hudson
Targa Rally’s Victoria Main and Peter Martin lead the pack on the luge track. Photo: Daisy Hudson

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter