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Targa tarmac rally ‘King’ Tony Quinn and co driver Naomi Tillett face a tough battle next week as the five time winner attempts to wrest back his ‘crown’ from defending title holder Martin Dippie and his co driver Jona Grant.Quinn, with original co driver Keith Wenn, won his first Targa New Zealand event back in 2003 driving a four wheel drive Porsche 996 Turbo then with Tillett alongside won four in a row from 2009 to 2012 behind the wheel of a four wheel drive Nissan GT R35Last year the 57 year old Scottish born businessman who now divides his time between Australia’s Gold Coast and New Zealand’s Central Otago (where he owns the Highlands Motorsport Park near Cromwell), was all set to try and make it five in a row in the GT R before retiring the car but pulled out of the 19th annual event at the last minute because of the pending opening of the new Cromwell circuit.In his and Tillett’s absence the 2013 event in the North Island became a battle of the turbocharged four wheel drive four cylinder Mitsubishi Evos of Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn, and Jason Gill and Mark Robinson, and Subaru WRX Impreza of Leigh Hopper and Simon Kirkpatrick.Dunedin Porsche GT3 pair Dippie and Grant were always the best of the two wheel drive runners but it was only on the last day, when the Gill/Robinson Mitsubishi suffered a blown engine, that they took the lead and went on to win the event.All are back for the 20th anniversary Targa South Island event and event director Peter Martin says that right now it is ‘anyone’s event.’”Traditionally the overall winner has come from the Instra Allcomers 4WD ranks but as Martin and Jona proved last year a well driven two wheel drive car can still come through.”Clark Proctor in his V6 Ford Escort. For the 20th anniversary event, high profile Auckland businessman/racer Proctor has leased his hi tech four wheel drive Nissan GT R35 to Aucklander Peter Baker and co driver James Thorne, and reverted to the two wheel drive Nissan V6 turbo engined Ford Escort he originally ran in the event.The car was a pace setter the last time Proctor ran it and he believes in its latest evolutionary state it can be again.Martin Dippie and Jona Grant in Dippie’s Porsche 911 GT3. Photo / Fast Company, ProShotzDippie and Grant remain the top South Island prospects in their ‘home event’ but there will also be interest in the performance of veteran Christchurch driver Trevor Crowe and co driver Andy Oakley in Crowe’s mid engined Subaru Justy, as there will in the progress of fellow Cantabrians Gary Cliff and James Cowles in a Mitsubishi Evo 5, and Deane Buist and Andrew Bulman in Buist’s BDA engined Ford Escort.The 20th anniversary Targa South Island event starts at Christchurch’s Addington Raceway on Monday October 27 before a prologue stage in the Port Hills and afternoon at Mike Pero Motorsport Park.On Tuesday the field heads south for stages in mid Canterbury, before the first of two days based in Dunedin where the cars will be housed overnight in the Forsyth Barr stadium.After a day full of stages in the North Otago hinterland (and lunch and service stop in Oamaru’s historical precinct) on Wednesday the field returns to Dunedin before heading south on Thursday to Invercargill and a day’s end stage at Teretonga Park.Friday October 31 is then spent completing stages through Eastern Southland, West and Central Otago before finishing at Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park.Competitors then spend the final day (Saturday November 01) in the Lakes County with stages to and from Glenorchy and across the Crown Range before the official finish in downtown Queenstown and the prize giving function the next day..