TARGA Officials Roles
Targa Stage Teams are made up of 17 team members who work work together to deliver a stage each day throughout the entirety of the event.
The Targa system still uses officials who are only available for one day in road closure roles.
Supporting the Stage Teams are the Communications Officials.
- Responsible for the development of competition systems
- Responsible for the running of designated Targa Stages
- Ensures the Stage Management Team and all stage officials are appropriately trained
- Manages the Command Net cellular mobile telephone systems
- Oversees the distribution and collection of all stage equipment
DEPUTY STAGE DIRECTOR
- Sets up, operates and dismantles the assigned Targa Stage finish and stop point control
- Manages the stop point officials
- Manages the Command Net cellular mobile telephone system from the stop point
- Reports abnormal incidents and addresses competitor enquiries
- Develops the stage spectator plan in conjunction with the Clerk of Course and Stage Director
- Manages Targa stage Safety Officials
- Produces a list of required equipment
- Ensures all stage set up arrangements, with particular attention to safety taping, fully comply with the stage plan, are in compliance at the agreed time and that the sign-off confirming that the stage is in compliance is provided to the Stage Director
- Erects caution boards, direction arrows and any other signage on the stage
- Assists and works in conjunction with the Safety Manager on stage set up and final run through
- Operates the Seiko print out clock at the flying finish
TIME CONTROL IN RECORDER
- Manually records the actual arrival time of a competitor at the time control in
- In conjunction with the Finish Trackers and SOS points, track the passage of competition vehicles through the Stage
LINE UP OFFICIAL
- Brings competition vehicles up to the 10m line
- Checks for helmets, belts, wristbands, lights, etc.
START TIME WHITEBOARD OFFICIAL
- Displays the actual start time to competitors
START LAPTOP OPERATOR
- Electronically records the actual start time of competitors
START LINE OFFICIAL
- Calls up and positions cars on the start line
- Manually records the actual start time of competitors
- In the event of a start gantry failure, manually starts competitors
FLYING FINISH MANUAL RECORDER
- Manually records the actual finish time of Competitors.
- In conjunction with the Start Trackers, track the passage of competition vehicles through the stage
FINISH TIME WHITEBOARD OFFICIAL
- Displays the actual finish time to competitors
FINISH LAPTOP OPERATOR
- Electronically records the actual finish time of competitors
The Communications Team consists of two groups of officials. Officials on an SOS point work in conjunction with the Start and Finish Trackers to track the passage of competition vehicles through the stage. They also provide the means for competition vehicles to stop and report any incidents within the stage. Officials at a relay point set up and operate a repeater, which provides communication between the Start and Finish Trackers on stages where direct communication is not possible.
Where the closed roads join roads that are still open to the public, Road Closure Officials are positioned to assist the public with information. This may consist of alternate routes or road closure times, rally protocols or general information about the rally (as road closures can become small spectator points for locals). It helps to have good communication skills in this role. Any person over the age of 16 with a trainee officials licence can be a Road Closure Official, if supervised by an official holding a general licence.