The 2014 edition of the annual Targa Newfoundland rally will undergo the most comprehensive redesign of the course and schedule since its inception, rally organizers have announced.
The proposed new schedule will concentrate the event’s route in the Bonavista and Burin peninsulas, and include a mix of completely new stages and favourite roads from more than a decade of experience in the region.
For the first time since its inception in 2002, the rally will not include the Exploits region and will not overnight in the town of Gander as the event was unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with the town.
The new route will see the addition of new stages on Day 2 in the Bonavista Peninsula and a whole new day on Day 3 as the rally proceeds through eight new stages on the east coast of the Burin Peninsula.
A completely new day was added to the event schedule in 2013, using new and familiar roads in the Bonavista Peninsula — the first major change in the route in more than a decade.
The route was well received by competitors and the host communities, Giannou said, and made it possible to envision a more compact route. The 2014 event will also reduce the time commitment for competitors by combining the registration, technical inspection and prologue activity on the Sunday prior to the start, and end on Friday afternoon with a gala celebration and awards ceremony on the St. John’s waterfront.
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2014 competition, which covers more than 2,000 kilometres, will start in St. John’s Sept. 14 and concludes back in the capital city Sept. 19.