Crash during Leg 1 of Targa Newfoundland requires rescue of driver

Kenn Oliver
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The 12th annual Targa Newfoundland rally stage race officially kicked off Monday, but the first leg wasn’t without incident.

The  2003 Audi A6 of Team Bad Company Motorsports, with driver Mark Macdonald and co-driver, Andrew Fuller, both from Ontario moves along the road at Sunnyside during the first leg of Tara Newfoundland on Monday. — Targa Newfoundland photo/Ralph Saulnier

During an afternoon stage south of Clarenville in North West Brook, a vehicle hit gravel on the side of the road, and the driver over-corrected and ended up crashing. While the co-driver was able to exit the vehicle without assistance, emergency officials had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver from the wreck.

“Both the driver and co-driver have been taken to hospital in Clarenville, where they being evaluated. As of right now, things seem to be positive,” says Targa media spokesperson Darren Sheppard told the Telegram Monday evening.

“They’re talking and coherent, they’re just going through the normal checks.”

“As for continuing in the competition, it’s very doubtful. The car is pretty much wrote off.”

Sheppard did not release to identity of the vehicle’s occupants.

Otherwise, Sheppard said the first day of racing went quite well.

“We’ve had a few engines blow, a few tires blowing, but it’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “The weather conditions today were absolutely gorgeous for the race compared to (Sunday) in the rain.”

Racers could be met with some wet weather today during the City Tire/Goodyear Exploits Valley Leg 2. The forecast for Central Newfoundland calls for morning showers to clear off, with a daytime high of 12 degrees.

Drivers will leave the Gander Community Centre in the morning and race through stages in Appleton, Bobby’s Cove, Pleasantview, Point Leamington, Glover’s Harbour before returning to Gander to finish the day.

Leg 1 Results

Modern division

Pos.    Car No.    Driver/Co-Driver    Vehicle    Leg 1    Overall

1    17    Aweida/Aweida    Ford Mustang    FR500S    0:00:00    0:00:00

1    715    Oldford/Oldford    Subaru WRX STI    0:00:00    0:00:00

1    803    Mephem/Solecki    Mini Cooper S JCW    0:00:00    0:00:00

4    233    Rittenhouse/Semrad    Mitsubishi Lancer Evo    0:00:02    0:00:02

5    888    Hartling/Proudfoot    Lotus Exige    0:00:04    0:00:04

6    80    Hiscott/Cline Abrahams    Mitsubish Lancer Evo    0:00:05    0:00:05

7    515    Melendy/Lorenzen    Chevrolet Camaro    0:00:55    0:00:55

8    886    Robbins/Tymchuk    Ford Sierra Cosworth    0:01:19    0:01:19

9    9    Hume/Bartleet    BMW M3    0:02:13    0:02:13

10    99    Kenzie/Bourbonniere    Kia Optima EX Turbo    0:07:31    0:07:31

11    373    Sawyer/Sawyer    Mini Cooper S    0:08:26    0:08:26

12    21    Deshaies/McKenzie    Kia Forte Koup SX    0:09:23    0:09:23

Classic division

Driver/Co-Driver    Vehicle    Leg 1    Overall

1    54    Gill/Didcock    Ford RS1800 Escort Grp IV    0:00:00    0:00:00

2    369    Rogers/Strupp    Ford Mustang    0:00:10    0:00:10

3    324    Brunner/Laitenberg    Ford Mustang GT    0:05:08     0:05:08

4    411    Wiltshire/Wiltshitre    Porsche 911    0:05:29    0:05:29

Open division

Pos    Driver/Co-Driver    Vehicle    Leg 1    Overall

1    11    Bergeron/Kirby    Subaru STI    0:00:00    0:00:00

1    555    Davenport/Benson    Subaru WRX    0:00:00    0:00:00

3    815    Atkinson/Tarrant    Acura Integra    0:00:10    0:00:10

4    709    Howard/Kelland    Mitsubishi Lancer Evo    0:01:14    0:01:14

5    13    Georgiadis/Georgiadis    SubaruSTI    0:02:04    0:02:04

6    902    Waterman/Waterman    Subaru WRX    0:07:01    0:07:01

7    302    Pledger/Willett    Ford Escort Mark IV    0:08:36    0:08:36

Grand Touring division

Driver/Co-Driver    Vehicle    Leg 1    Overall

1    1042    McDonald/Fuller    Audi A6    0:00:00    0:00:00

1    1135    Riddell/DeLange    BMW 135i    0:00:00    0:00:00

1    1333    MacMullen/Russell    Mini Countryman JCW    0:00:00    0:00:00

1    1706    Trickett/Trickett    Audi S4    0:00:00     0:00:00

1    1984    Bartlett/Picco    Porsche 944 Turbo    0:00:00    0:00:00

1    1002    DaSilva/Austin    MG B    0:01:53    0:01:53

6    1888    Hume/Crant    BMW 335is    0:06:53    0:06:53

koliver@thetelegram.com

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Geographic location: Clarenville, North West, Targa Gander Community Goodyear Exploits Valley Appleton Point Leamington

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  • Eric Stringer
    September 18, 2013 - 14:59

    The mishap happened, not near North West Brook, but rather near Hodge's Cove. Interestingly, it was the exact same location where a "carbon copy" incident occurred short years ago in another Targa rally.

    • Brian Jarvis
      September 18, 2013 - 19:26

      We went off in Hodge's Cove in 2008 but it was down behind the firehall/lodge and we just about hit the oil tank in the back of the building! Fun & games!