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Day 5 of the 28th running of the annual tarmac rally will see the fleet make its way from the West Coast this morning, passing through the Derwent Valley with competitive stages at Tarraleah and Molesworth, and a lunch break at New Norfolk.
The route through Molesworth was approved by the relevant authorities despite the fact that it would isolate Molesworth Primary School for nearly five hours, stranding students and staff at the school until just before 5pm.
It was planned to close Molesworth Rd between Glen Dhu Rd and Glenlusk Rd from 12.21pm until 4.51pm and this information remains current on the Targa Tasmania website. However, a late change has now seen a reduction in the affected area, with the road closure now taking place just past the school, at Boulters Rd.
"Following conversations with Targa they have changed the starting point for the Molesworth to Glenlusk leg," the school has posted on its Facebook page. "This leg will start at Boulters Rd so the road to the school will stay open and parents can access us from the New Norfolk side. The [Targa] cars will line up outside the school ready to start their leg in the afternoon. This will give teachers and students an opportunity to observe the cars with no added risk to them."
For parents collecting children from the school this afternoon, the usual parking area near the recycling station will not be available. The school says this will leave a lot of parents having to queue up along the road outside the school and it asks that the entry and exit points at the school turning circle be kept free of vehicles as the school buses need the full width of the road to turn.
Targa Tasmania is described as the world's largest, longest and hardest tarmac rally event, covering more than 2000km with almost 40 competitive stages on closed roads, catering for up to 300 cars each year.