Two more dead in Tasmanian car rally

A day after a 68-year-old man died in a tragic crash, two more are dead in a troubling end to the Targa Tasmania car rally.

The death toll at the Targa Tasmania car rally climbed to three on Saturday after the second fatal crash in as many days.

A driver and co-driver died after crashing on the final day of the event, after 68-year-old Shane Navin passed a day prior.

Tasmania Police said on Saturday they were responding to a serious single vehicle crash on Wattle Grove Road at Cygnet, around 200m from the Cygnet Coast Road intersection.

Motorists were asked to avoid the area until the scene was cleared.

The double fatality came 90 minutes after a different car rammed into a man’s shed. Thankfully, David Gilliver and co-driver Nigel Shellshear escaped unharmed from that incident.

Navin died on Friday morning after his 1979 Mazda RX-7 rolled 35.4km into the penultimate stage at about 10am.

Co-driver Glenn Evans was assessed by medical crews but miraculously had no injuries.

“This is a very sad time for the Targa community,” Targa Australia chief executive Mark Perry said on Friday.

“Shane was a much loved and admired member of our Targa family. We send our heartfelt condolences to Shane’s family and friends on their loss.”

Navin’s crash is being investigated by police.

It unfolded on the second half of Mount Arrowsmith, which was plagued by wet weather at the time of the incident.

Earlier, Tasmania Police confirmed a crash had taken place on social media.

“Police and emergency services remain on the scene of a serious single vehicle crash on the Lyell Highway near Double Barrel Creek,” the Facebook post read.

People who know Navin are sharing their condolences on Facebook.

“Ashley Navin has asked that I post on behalf of his family the sad news that this afternoon Shane Navin tragically passed away in a freak accident while competing in Targa Tasmania. He was a great father, husband & mate & will be missed by many. Condolences to Shane’s family,” Bo Williams wrote.

Kelly Hooch Hunt said Mr Navin was a “quintessential gentleman”.

“Shane Navin has always been an absolute pleasure to deal with and his passing today has really rocked me badly. His navigator Glenn Evans is OK but of course badly shaken and upset at losing a great mate,” she wrote.

“R.I.P. Shane and my heartfelt condolences to his wife Jennifer, son Ashley and daughter Kelsie.”

There have now been five fatalities in the event’s history. The most recent before this year’s event occurred in 2013.

Targa Tasmania is a tarmac-based rally event which has been held in Tasmania every year since 1992.

It is named after the Targa Florio, a motoring event previously held in Sicily.

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