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Forty competitors registered for 12th annual stage race

All the planning is done and now it’s time for the cars to hit the road for Newfoundland and Labrador’s premiere motorsports event, Targa Newfoundland, which starts Sunday.
Approximately 40 competitors from all over the globe, including drivers from the United Kingdon, Bermuda and Turks and Caicos, are in Newfoundland for the week-long event.

Ontario driver Mike Davenport and co-driver Shawn Monette pass over a bridge in their 2002 Subaru WRX during a Targa 2012 stage. The 12th annual running of the stage race kicks off Sunday in St. John’s. This year’s field features 40 competitors from all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Bermuda and Turks and Caicos.

All the planning is done and now it’s time for the cars to hit the road for Newfoundland and Labrador’s premiere motorsports event, Targa Newfoundland, which starts Sunday.

Approximately 40 competitors from all over the globe, including drivers from the United Kingdon, Bermuda and Turks and Caicos, are in Newfoundland for the week-long event.

While the rally is the focal point of the event, competitors and spectators can enjoy a variety of activities in numerous locations across the island

Targa began Friday on Bell Island with training and practice sessions. Registration, inspections and a car show at Torbay’s Jack Byrne Arena are slated for today.

Sunday marks the start of the competition as drivers head to downtown St. John’s for the official start at 12:20 p.m. before moving on to prologue legs in Torbay and Flatrock.

Monday’s Stage 1 kicks off at noon in Sunnyside, with drivers completing stages in North West Brook, Gooseberry Cove and Port Blandford before ending the day in Gander.

Competitors will spend Tuesday in Central Newfoundland and will head back east the following day for Targa’s first-ever run up the Bonavista Peninsula.

On Thursday, Targa motors in the Marystown area. From there, it’s on to Brigus and Carbonear Friday, with the event wrapping up in downtown St. John’s around 6 o’clock that evening with an awards ceremony at The Keg at 7 p.m.

Both organizers and racers are hyped about seeing the Bonavista Peninsula for the first time.

“We’re very excited about it,” Targa’s Darren Sheppard said. “Any new area for us is exciting as an organization, but it’s also exciting for the competitors. They have never seen this part of the province. We get to experience a new tourism aspect of it as well. There are a lot of great sights, sounds and views there.

“Hopefully, the drivers won’t be taking in too much of the scenery. We have actually had people drive off the road looking at the trees and stuff before.”

The 2013 race marks the first time the town of Trinity has hosted the event and Mayor Jim Miller likes the idea of world-class racing entertainment in the area.

“Having Targa here will be of great benefit to the area,” he said. “It will provide Trinity and the surrounding communities that are participating an opportunity to be further marketed and promoted as a region to visit either this fall or in the near future to those that are participating in the race, following it around the province or that see it through the media and programming that follows or comes from the Targa events.”

For information about the race, road closures, safety precautions and spectator information, visit www.targanewfoundland.com

 

Clarenville Packet

Organizations: The Keg

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Torbay, Bermuda Bell Island Sunnyside North West Brook Port Blandford Central Newfoundland Marystown Brigus Bonavista

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  • Safety Salmandor
    September 14, 2013 - 07:18

    This stuff is to dangerous for our roads and should be banned. The few tourist dollars we get from it is not worth the risk to life, limb, and property of the innocent bystanders.

    • Lori
      September 15, 2013 - 06:21

      Then you don't need to be a bystander. Stay indoors and don't watch. It's a choice to be out watching the race, risking "life and limb". It's a choice to watch NASCAR or F1 live too, and there is a chance of getting hurt there as well. It's also a chance to walk down the road these days with the speeds of local motorists and drunk drivers. Any organized series has safety rules that minimize the chances of anything happening. I for one will be enjoying watching the races from a safe distance.

    • M. Ryan
      September 15, 2013 - 06:40

      I totally agree, this event should be kept on a race track not driving through out communities like maniacs putting our residents in danger. Do you wonder why NL is the only place in North America where this is allowed; no other place want this event in their community! No amount of money from this event is worth the safety of our communities and their residents. I just cannot believe this event continues year after year which also cause traffic disruption throughout NL!

    • Haxel
      September 15, 2013 - 09:15

      If the not-so innocent bystanders used a little common sense there would be no problem. One recent accident does not a disaster make. Long Live Targa!