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Major Redesign Of Targa Newfoundland Route Has New Stages, Shorter Transits
Posted by: newsla on May 20, 2014 - 02:47 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Major Redesign Of Targa Newfoundland Route Has New Stages, Shorter Transits

The first comprehensive redesign of the route of the annual Targa Newfoundland international rally has produced a radical change to the six-day driving challenge with new competition stages, shorter transits and a single, central overnight halt that will delight Targa 2014 competitors, the organizers have announced.


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Targa 2014 will have 22 new closed-road competitive stages, the biggest change in the route in more than a decade, says organizer Robert Giannou, including one full day of entirely new stages.

In a departure from past practice, the travelling tribe of competitors, crews and officials will only have one overnight location after the rally departs from St. John’s on Monday, September 15, 2014. The town of Clarenville will host the rally for four nights as the event does loops each day out to regions like North Burin, the Discovery Trail and Bonavista before heading back to Clarenville for the overnight halt.

By replacing the traditional stages in places like the south Burin Peninsula and the Exploits region in the north, the total length of the event is reduced without reducing the competitive distance, says organizer Giannou — a change that will please competitors.

"This is the first major redesign of Targa in more than a decade, and it is a very big change," says Giannou.

"Initially we were reluctant to change a winning formula," he says, "but once we came to grips with the fact that we would not be running stages in Gander and Marystown, that made us look at the route in a whole new way. With that new perspective, we discovered many new roads and re-visited areas we haven’t been in years, and the result is a compact, highly competitive route. It will be among the most challenging routes we’ve ever had at the same time as it will reduce the long days for teams."

"What started as a challenge for us has turned into a huge bonus for the event and its competitors," Giannou adds. "We have more competitive stage distance and less transit distance in an event that will be the most challenging we’ve had in years. This is exciting stuff!"

The revised route is 1,550 kilometres in length and includes more than 430 kilometres in closed-road, competitive Targa stages that decide the competition. Last year’s event was approximately 2,000 kilometres in length and featured 408 kilometres of competitive sections.

"The entire Targa family will miss seeing the many friends we have made over the years in the north and south," Giannou concludes. "Our sincere thanks to the many hundreds of volunteer marshals and officials there who worked hard to make Targa an internationally recognized success, and who represented their communities so well. We look forward to visiting those communities again some day."

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 1,550 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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