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Radical Revamp Of Targa Route For 2014
Posted by: newsla on Dec 04, 2013 - 06:22 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Radical Revamp Of Targa Route For 2014


The 2014 edition of the annual Targa Newfoundland rally will undergo the most comprehensive re-design of the course and schedule since its inception, rally organizers have announced.

 

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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 to host stages there.

The proposed new course will add two additional stages on Day 2 of the event in the southern Bonavista Peninsula area and an entire new day comprised of eight stages on the east coast of the Burin Peninsula.

Rally organizer Robert Giannou expressed his appreciation for the support and cooperation of the communities of Appleton, Bobby’s Cove, Gander, Glover’s Harbour, Leading Tickles, Pleasantview and others that have hosted the rally over the years.

"On behalf of the more than 5,000 competitors and officials who traveled with the event to these towns and communities in the past 12 years, we wish to thank these communities for their hospitality in hosting Targa Newfoundland," said Giannou. "We have all made many friends in each of the communities and have sincerely enjoyed our time there. These communities will always be in the hearts of the Targa family."

"In particular, we wish to thank the many volunteers who helped us plan and run literally hundreds of stages," Giannou added. "But most of all, we wish to especially thank the hundreds of volunteer Stage Safety Officials and Marshals from Gander and its surrounding communities who over the years gave up their time to ensure the stages were run safely and on time. Their extraordinary efforts have helped us earn a remarkable safety record that is envied by all of Canadian motorsport."

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.

"Targa 2014 will have all of the same driving and endurance challenge as previous years in a more compact, efficient format," Giannou added. "It will be the same world-class competition and fabulous hospitality the world has come to know and love at Targa Newfoundland."

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 will start in St. John’s on September 14 and concludes back in the capital on September 19. The annual rally 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.


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