Wet and breezy beginning for 2017 Targa Newfoundland

Published on September 12, 2017

The 2006 Lotus Exige of Stan Hartling and Andy Proudfoot was knocked out of the 2017 Targa Newfoundland on the first competitive day of the rally

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Wet and windy weather provided the welcome Monday for Targa Newfoundland entrants on the first competitive day of the 16th annual edition of the tarmac rally, which will cover 1,500 kilometres this week.

Monday’s Targa stages were in the Clarenville area and at the northern end of the Burin Peninsula and claimed a couple of notable vehicles  — the 2006 Lotus Exige of Stan Hartling and Andy Proudfoot, knocked out by mechanical issues, and the 2005 Lotus Elise of American brothers Scott and Mark Knott, which had what was described as a major engine failure.
The Classic division features a tie for first place, with the 1965 Ford Mustang of Americans Jack Rogers and C.J. Strupp and 1991 Mazda Miata of Canadians Bryan Bursey and Martin Cadieux on top of the standings.
The Modern, Open and Grand Touring division, all have several teams tied for first place.
Today’s are scheduled on the Burin Peninsula for Boat Harbour, Petite Forte, Harbour Mille, Grand le Pierre, English Harbour, and Terrenceville.