This weekend, high-performance race cars will roar through the Central North Island at speeds of up to 200km/h on winding, twisting back-country roads.

This year's Targa Rally starts in Rotorua on Friday and finishes in Havelock North on Sunday. The route includes multiple special stages on closed sections of public roads.

The event has two categories. At the head of the pack are full competition, highly modified rally cars piloted by a driver and co-driver. These competitors race against the clock.

The second category is Targa Tour cars which are generally un-modified, high-performance road cars. While also very quick, motorsport