Harbour Main, Lakeview and Chapels Cove join Holyrood to host the first stage for Targa Newfoundland 2010

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The Holyrood stage of the Targa Newfoundland 2010 road race will be renamed the Holyrood Harbour Main Stage after Harbour Maine town council - representing the communities of Harbour Main, Lakeview and Chapel's Cove - approved a four-year contract with Targa this year to welcome the race back to their roads.
The communities were among the first to host Targa stages in earlier years.
The 12-kilometre long competition stage starting in Holyrood and ending in Avondale will be held on Monday, Sept. 13. The stage will begin in Holyrood and travel along the Conception Bay shore, providing competitors with some of the most scenic vistas in Newfoundland.
The stage will be new, and has been designed to set the tone for the first day's competition for both the Targa and Grand Touring categories.
"We appreciate that these towns are bringing Targa Newfoundland back to their streets, and we wish to thank the mayor and council as well as their staff for the working with us to accomplish this," said Targa organizer Robert Giannou.
"The first stage of the event is very important as it not only starts the competition, but it whets the competitors' appetite for the event. It also allows them to find a rhythm for the long and sometimes grueling week ahead."
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 9th annual Targa Newfoundland will start in St. John's on Saturday, Septe. 11, 2010, and end back in the capital Saturday, Sept.18. The competition will cover more than 2,000 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including up to 450 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.
Competitors have come from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Holland, Germany, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the U.K. for the first editions of Targa Newfoundland and international interest continues to build with competitors registering daily.

Organizations: Harbour Maine town council, Newfoundland International Motorsports

Geographic location: Holyrood, Targa, Newfoundland Avondale Conception Bay St. John's U.S. Australia New Zealand Ireland Holland Germany Bahamas Turks & Caicos U.K.

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