Mazda Celebrates A Giant-Killing 2011 Targa Finish


Mazda Celebrates A Giant-Killing Targa Finish

Mazda Motorsport is tonight celebrating the end of a highly successful Targa Tasmania campaign which has seen the team secure a dominant Showroom class win and two spots in the outright top six including a stunning fourth overall for the Showroom Mazda3 MPS.

Mazda RX8 at Targa Tasmania

With the Showroom class in the bag courtesy of Brendan Reeves, Mazda Motorsport can now lay claim to having won four consecutive Targa Tasmania Showroom titles.

The manner in which victory was secured this year was particularly impressive with the MPS being the fastest 2WD Showroom car on every stage.

In addition, the MPS made it to the finish in Hobart faster than any of the nine 4WD Showroom cars with a buffer of over eight minutes to its nearest 4WD rival.

Up and coming World Rally Championship driver Brendan Reeves was a happy man as he savoured the win. “We’ve led the 2WD Showroom class from the start of the event but to win in such a manner, beat all the 4WD Showroom cars and also get a fourth outright against much more expensive machinery is something Rhianon and I are very proud of. I can’t speak highly enough of how the Mazda3 MPS has performed this week but I also need to give credit to the Mazda Motorsport team for giving us such a great car every day,” he said.


Mazda3 MPS Taga Winners

Determined not be out-done, Jamie Vandenberg today put in an equally impressive performance in the RX-8 SP.

Vandenberg had been steadily climbing the field over the past few days and today took his performance to new heights by winning the epic 58km Mount Arrowsmith stage and lifting himself into the top six outright, narrowly missing fifth place by just one second.

This achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact that this was Vandenberg’s first competitive event in the RX-8 SP.

Mazda Motorsport manager Allan Horsley was full of praise for the entire team. “This is our best ever Targa result and it’s thanks to the efforts of the whole team. Jamie and Brendan obviously played key roles in the success as did co-drivers Simon and Rhianon but we can’t forget the efforts of the Mazda service crews who worked tirelessly all week. To have finished with two cars in the top six in such a gruelling event really shows just how far this team has come,” said Horsley.


Grand Prix Mazda Motorsport unveils new 2011 Mazda3 MPS Turbo race car

Grand Prix Mazda Motorsport has unveiled the new Mazda3 MPS race car that will be driven by Jake Camilleri as he stakes his claim on the 2011 Australian Manufacturers Championship.

Grand Prix Mazda 3 MPS Turbo Motorsport contender

Replacing the previous generation Mazda3 MPS that Camilleri drove to Class C victory in last year’s Australian Manufacturers Championship, the new-generation Mazda3 MPS is expected to further strengthen Grand Prix Mazda Motorsport’s 2011 campaign.

Significant upgrades to the fuel system, suspension and brakes have taken performance to a new level and the Grand Prix team are now looking forward to seeing how the improved package stacks up against the competition.

The team’s first chance to shine will be the round one of this year’s championship to be held at Philip Island on 16 and 17 April.

Jake Camilleri is looking forward to the season ahead and is optimistic about the team’s chances of success. “The team has worked hard to prepare the new car and get it to the race-ready condition that it’s now at. We’ve done a bit of testing and we’re happy with the results of that. The next stage now is to get it on the grid and see if we can build on last year’s results. With the team as strong as ever and the new Mazda3 MPS ready to go, we’re keen to get stuck in and start collecting points,” said Camilleri.

In addition to a Class C victory in the 2010 Australian Manufacturers Championship, Jake Camilleri was voted the year’s Best and Fairest Driver by his peers.

Powertrain MPS
Engine type 2.3 litre Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbocharged in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC
Engine capacity 2,261 cc
Bore and stroke 87.5 mm x 94.0 mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Maximum power 190 kW @ 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque 380 Nm @ 3,000 rpm
Throttle control Electronic (drive-by-wire)
Fuel system Electronic direct injection
Fuel tank capacity 60 litres
Recommended fuel Premium unleaded (95RON or higher)
Fuel consumption (combined) 9.9 litres per 100km
Manual transmission 6-speed
Gear ratio 1st 3.214
Gear ratio 2nd 1.913
Gear ratio 3rd 1.366
Gear ratio 4th 1.025
Gear ratio 5th 0.948
Gear ratio 6th 0.790
Gear ratio reverse 3.456
Gear ratio final drive 4.187 (1st-4th) 3.526 (5th-6th)




hassis MPS
Brake diameter front 320 mm
Brake diameter rear 280 mm
Brake type front Ventilated disc
Brake type rear Solid disc
Steering type Electro hydraulic power assist steering
Suspension front MacPherson strut
Suspension rear Multi-link
Turning circle kerb to kerb 11.9 m
Tyre size 225/40R18 88Y
Wheel size 18 x 7.5 J
Wheel type Alloy
Wheel type (spare) Temporary