After the introduction of the Australasian Auto Sport Alliance (AASA) to New Zealand in 2018, we carefully read through their Standard Operating Procedure and observed their processes in action at other events before obtaining the Targa Tour Permit from them for 2019.
Having established a strong working relationship with them during 2019 and learning how supportive and progressive their thinking is, we are delighted to announce that we will retain them as the permit issuing authority for the Targa Tour and also obtain a Competition Permit from the AASA for the Targa Competition for 2020.
How does this change the event?
From a participant’s perspective, you will see no change to the format and style of Targa. The behind-the-scenes operating structures will differ slightly given the different terminology used by the AASA.
The experienced people on the ground will remain.
What licence do I require?
Targa Tour and Targa Time Trial participants will require a AASA “General Speed Event Licence”.
This is a simple online process. Follow the link above.
Targa Competition participants (both driver & co-driver) will require a AASA “National Tarmac Rally Licence”.
If you currently hold a National Rally Licence issued by the ASN of your country then please contact the Targa Office to obtain a pricing discount code to recognise your existing experience before you complete the online Licence application.
What if I already have a Motorsport NZ National Rally Licence?
You will still need to obtain the relevant AASA Licence, however because you already hold a licence the process is very simple.
You are entitled to hold more than one competition licence and no authority can prevent you from doing so.
How do I obtain an Authority Card for my vehicle?
There are two ways to obtain an Authority Card.
1) The existing process via Motorsport NZ
2) The LVVTA (Low Volume Vehicle Technical Authority) are in the process of creating an Authority Card to be issued directly.
What other events are the AASA involved in?
The AASA was created twelve years ago in Australia and permit a variety of motorsport activities such as race, rally, offroad 4WD, speedway, motorcross, karting, powerboats just to name a few.
The AASA in New Zealand has permitted the 24 Hour Lemons event over the last three years as well as the Targa Tour in 2019.
Other permit applications include karting, street-racing and land speed record attempts.