The ironman of motor sports

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It's basically eight races a day for six days, beginning Sunday

Eighty-five cars, from the 750 horsepower roadsters to the conventional sedans, will officially take to Newfoundland's roadways Sunday for the start of the 7th Targa Newfoundland motorsports race.

Covering 2,200 kilometres of highway, Targa will see 170 drivers and navigators, not to mention another 750-800 support staff. On top of that, there's a 100-member Targa Newfoundland staff and 2,200 volunteers making for, "the largest amateur motorsports event in North America," said Targa Newfoundland Scott Giannou.

Eighty-five cars, from the 750 horsepower roadsters to the conventional sedans, will officially take to Newfoundland's roadways Sunday for the start of the 7th Targa Newfoundland motorsports race.

Covering 2,200 kilometres of highway, Targa will see 170 drivers and navigators, not to mention another 750-800 support staff. On top of that, there's a 100-member Targa Newfoundland staff and 2,200 volunteers making for, "the largest amateur motorsports event in North America," said Targa Newfoundland Scott Giannou.

One team entered has a 12-person support staff.

Targa opened with an open road driver/co-driver school Thursday and Friday on Bell Island, with registration ongoing today at the Re/Max Centre (St. John's Curling Club). A car show is slated from 3-10 p.m. today.

The real thing gets under way Sunday with the official stat of Targa 12:20 p.m. in front of The Keg Restaurant on Harbour Drive.

Targa is comprised of six concurrently run and individually scored competitions in one, making up 48 stages where roads are closed to public traffic. Getting to the stages, over the Trans canada Highway, is a non-competitive section where traffic laws are applied.

"You have to get from A to B the fastest way you can, within 30 seconds of an allotted time. Anything over that 30-second limit and teas are penalized with penalty points.

"We have about 70 per cent of the teams finish," Giannou said. "It's a gruelling event. It's called the ironman of motorsports.

"You're in your vehicle from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You're covering up to 750 kilometres per day and there's eight performance stages in a day. You're basically running eight races a day."

Two divisions

Competition is split into two divisions - Targa and Grand Touring. Targa Division is for competition-prepared, rollover protected vehicles. It's where spectators will see the Porsches and Corvettes. Within the Targa Division are the Classic and Modern divisions for vehicles pre-1961 to 1981 and 1982 to present, Open division for all cars, regardless of year, and a Hybrid division.

The Grand Touring Division is for vehicles not prepared for racing.

Competitors come from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Turks and Caicos, in addition to local entrants,

"Guys spend as much as $150,000 to do this event," Giannou said.

The overall Targa winner receives the Christos Targa Newfoundland Award based on combined results in Classic, Modern, Open and Hybrid. Targa Plates are awarded to crewmembers completing all Targa stages with the time specified for their class and Finisher's Medallions go to crewmembers who complete 75 per cent of the Targa stages.

The course takes competitors as far north as Leading Tickles in Notre Dame Bay and as far west as Botwood.

Targa begins Sunday with the K-Rock prologue day in Flatrock and Torbay. Six stages are planned for Monday, in Argentia, Placentia, Osprey Trail West, Adeytown/Deep Bite, Port Blandford and Eastport.

It finishes at The Keg 4 p.m. next Friday.




TARGA COMPETITORS

Driver Navigator
George Hollema, ON Jack Vant Spyker, Ont.
Desmond Sie, Ont. Herb Wong, Ont.
Laurence Jitts, Mass. Stephen Jitts, Mass.
Nigel Morgan, Ont. Rick Kojfmann, Ont.
John Vandemierden, Ont. Stu Lehmann, Ont.
Mike Gallagher, B.C. Kathy Gallagher, B.C.
Anthony Strelzow, B.C. Lee-Ann Strelzow, B.C.
Jim Hauser, Ont. Ted Vanwyk, Ont.
Joe Riche, NL Keith Newhook, NL
Adam DiCarlo, Ont. Jeff Hanning, Ont.
Alan Kearley, NL Greg Martin, NL
Pete Lazier, BC Sharon Middler, B.C.
Paul Abbott, NL Monique Parrott, NL
Eppie Wietzes, Ont. Barb Wietzes, Ont.
Kelly Silverthorn, B.C. Michelle McLeod, B.C.
Ralph Gilles, Mich. Karen Wagner, Calif.
Frank Sprongl Ont. Rod Hendricksen, N.J.
Jim Kenzie, Ont. Brian Bourbonniere, N.S.
Hugo Vadeboncoeur, Que. Maxime Vadeboncoeur, Que.
Matthew Oldford, NL Brian Oldford, NL
Richard Burton, Ont. Dean Hopkins, Ont.
Ian Glyn-Jones, Ont. Mike McCreight, Ont.
Demetri Andreou, Ont. Stephen Rodger, Ont.
Michael Salter, Ont. Michael Oritt, Maryland
Dyrk Bolger, Man. Terry Milnes, Man.
Dave Pledger, Nev. Chris Willett, Nev.
Richard Paterson, Ont. Tony Mattson, Aukland, N.Z.
Chip (Karl) Brunner, Virg. Will Pearson, Virg.
Jud Buchanan, Ont. Jim Adams, Ont.
William Shanahan, Conn. Murray Smith, Conn.
Kees Van Winden, Ont. Kurtis McPhee, Ont.
Robert Gritten, B.C. Jeff Hagan, Ont.
Roy Hopkins, N.Y. Adrienne Hughes, N.Y.
Mike Mackenzie, N.S. Kirk Alexander, N.S.
Bill Arnold, Calif. Alan Ryall, Ont.
Brian Jarvis, N.S. Ken Jarvis, N.S.
Tom Hayes, Dublin Kieron Hayes, Dublin
Edison Wiltshire, NL Margo Wiltshire, NL
Driver Navigator
Scott Giannou, NL Ray Felice, Ont.
J. Harold Seagle, N.C. Stan Pendergraft, N.C.
Mark Kile, Ohio Kevin Paradise, Ohio
Will Atkinson, Texas Nick Papayianis, Texas
Lance Webb, Ont. Giulio Baldassarra, Ont.
Brad Melendy, NL Graham Tweedie, NL
Jim Turner, N,Y.
Glen Clarke, Ont. Andrew Proudfoot, NL
Ross Karlin, N.J David McIntyre, N.J.
Tom Collingwood Jr., NL Chris Collingwood, NL
Mike Davenport, Ont. Shawn Monette, Ont.
Steve Quigley, N.S. Dana Nauss, N.S.
Stan Hartling, Provo, Utah Pierre Beswick, Provo, Utah
Michael Paul Horton, Provo Carmela Horton, Provo, Utah
Steven Friebel, Ont. Paul Pinchbeck, Ont.
Afshin Montazeri, Ont. Paul Brown, Ont.
Keith Tanner, Colo. Janel Tanner, Colo.
Roger Tillotson, Bucks, UK Steve Robertson, London, UK
Doug Mepham, Ont. John Selecki, Ont.
Andrew Comrie Picard, Ont. Jen Horsey, Ont.
Marc Hacking, Ont. John Leblanc, Ont.
John Paynter, N.S. Clarke Paynter, N.S.
Rick MacLeod, Ont. Steve McKelvie, Mass.
Bob Yuille, N.S. Troy Webb, N.S.
Peter Guagenti, Calif. Scott Smith, Calif.
Rob Pacione, Ont. Brian Maxwell, Ont.
Mark Lachapelle, Ont. Alan Ockwell, Ont.
Robert Worobec, Alta. Luke Behnke, Ont.
Stephen Mott, Ariz. Gerald Locke, Ariz.
Rob Stone, N.B. Daniel Beuhler, N.B.
Timothy Lynn, Conn. Cavid Nazarov, CT
Peter Donohoe, Mass. Edgar Nelson, Mass.
Robert Kriebel, Que. Donald Collins, Ont.
Brian Ward, Ont. Wally Stubgen, Ont.
John Baker, Alta. Chris Baker, Alta.
Bruno Crivellier, Ont. Mario Crivellier, Ont.
Richard Kimber, York, Eng. Brian O'Kane
Michael Paul Stoschek, Bavaria Philipp Spaeth, Mich.

Organizations: Max Centre, Curling Club, Targa Division Hybrid division Grand Touring Division Jim Adams

Geographic location: Targa, Newfoundland, North America Bell Island St. John's Australia New Zealand Germany Nev. Leading Tickles Notre Dame Bay Botwood Flatrock Torbay Argentia Port Blandford Eastport Ohio Texas Provo, Utah Maryland Dublin Bucks London UK York

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