Transition during the Targa Tasmania Rally

A 59-year-old Brisbane man has been killed in a fatal crash during the Targa Tasmania tarmac rally, police have confirmed.

Emergency services rushed to the incident on Olivers Road, Mount Roland on Wednesday afternoon during the second day of the annual event.

“Around 3.30pm today, a vehicle participating in Targa Tasmania crashed over an embankment on a closed section of the event,” Tasmania Police wrote in a statement.

“No other vehicles were involved.”

Later on Wednesday, police confirmed the driver of the vehicle had died while a female passenger received non-life-threatening injuries.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and his loved ones at this difficult time,” the statement read.

“Police do not have permission from the man’s family to release his name at this time.

“The crash is being investigated by police.

“The road remains closed while a crash investigation is carried out.

“A report will be prepared for the Coroner.”

A social event in Launceston for competitors at the end of Wednesday’s racing has been cancelled, organisers said.

Targa Tasmania received a record 502 entrants for its 30th anniversary event.

The 2022 rally event, in which competitors drive on public roads, was operating under its toughest safety guidelines in history following an independent investigation into three deaths from last year’s race.

Veteran Targa competitor Shane Navin was killed after his vehicle crashed at Double Barrel Creek on the West Coast before Hobart’s Leigh Mundy and Queensland navigator Dennis Neagle died when their Porsche veered off the road into a tree at high speed on the Cygnet stage.

The six-day tarmac rally is scheduled to finish in Hobart on Sunday after more 2000km of racing.