During the week, Julie Winton-Monet is the business manager for Grace Records Management in Tasmania. But on weekends, Julie is preparing for one of Australia’s biggest tarmac rallies, the Targa Wrest Point.
Julie makes up half of the only all-girl crew competing in this year’s event on February 2 -3.
The two day rally is run over 14 stages for a total distance of 544km. The roads, although tarred, are some of the most challenging roads in southern Tasmania.
Julie is competing with driver Luana Garwood in her newly race prepared Mitsubishi Evo VIII. It is the fifth time the women have raced together and if all goes well, the pair are hoping to compete in the Targa Tasmania in April.
“Having run with Luana before we find that the guys don’t like lining up before us as we have managed to pass the odd driver in the past, which is not easy to do when all the cars start 30 seconds apart. The boys hate being passed by a couple of girls – they get ribbed badly by all the other guys,” said Julie.
This race will be a little different for the women.
“Luana and I are competing with the “Big Boys” this time. Running in the Modern category, the little Evo will be up against Lamborghinis, Porsches etc, with famous drivers at the wheel such as Jim Richards.”
As part of their crew, Julie and Luana will be accompanied by their own helicopter, piloted by well-known race driver Greg Crick, two-time winner of Targa Tasmania.
And if they need any extra incentive, Luana’s husband, Greg Garwood, will also be competing in his Porsche 911 GTs CS, with navigator John Allen.
You can follow Julie and Luana’s journey in Car 949 on the Targa website at http://targa.com.au