Har­bour Grace joins Targa route

The Compass - - SPORTS -

Har­bour Grace, Boat Har­bour and Pe­tite Forte are among the new com­mu­ni­ties added to the route for the 2009 Targa race this year.

At nearly 12 kilo­me­tres, the new Har­bour Grace stage prom­ises to be one of the most ex­cit­ing of the event, or­ga­niz­ers say.

The new routes have been added to past com­peti­tor favourites like Bri­gus and Lead­ing Tick­les on a sched­ule with just two lo­ca­tions for overnight stops in towns on the route.

The new route for the eighth an­nual Targa New­found­land will of­fer a fresh driv­ing chal­lenge, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers.

The Septem­ber Mo­tor­sports clas­sic will of­fer more com­pet­i­tive stages, bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion and a new sched­ule, they say.

“Targa is a con­stantly evolv­ing event and the route changes to ac­com­mo­date our part­ners in the com­mu­ni­ties, to take ad­van­tage of new and dif­fer­ent driv­ing chal­lenges, and to keep the event fresh for com­peti­tors,” ex­plains Targa or­ga­nizer Robert Gian­nou.

“We’ve changed the route of the event ev­ery year and we ex­pect that will al­ways be the case.”

– ROBERT GIAN­NOU, TARGA NEW­FOUND­LAND

“We’ve changed the route of the event ev­ery year and we ex­pect that will al­ways be the case.”

One of the largest changes for this year is the ad­di­tion of a sec­ond night on the Burin Penin­sula. The rally will now overnight in Marys­town for Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 16 as well as Thurs­day, Septem­ber 17. The move was made due to a change in the route in the lower Bon­av­ista Penin­sula that has the teams end the day Wed­nes­day in Marys­town rather than Clarenville.

Some stages from pre­vi­ous years were taken out of the 2009 sched­ule when com­mu­ni­ties on the route sched­uled road re­pairs, while oth­ers were added. There are 42 com­pet­i­tive stages in all.

Owned and op­er­ated by New­found­land In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­sports Ltd., Targa New­found­land is one of three in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized Targa Mo­tor­sports events in the world. The 8th an­nual Targa New­found­land will start in St. John’s Satur­day, Septem­ber 12 and end back in the cap­i­tal Satur­day, Septem­ber 19.

The com­pe­ti­tion will cover more than 2,000 kilo­me­tres of the chal­leng­ing, twisty roads of the North and South Avalon, Burin, Kit­ti­wake Coast and Ex­ploits re­gions, in­clud­ing up to 400 kilo­me­tres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages. Com­peti­tors have come from the U.S., Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Ire­land, Hol­land, the Ba­hamas, Turks & Caicos and the U.K. for the first seven edi­tions of Targa New­found­land, and in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est con­tin­ues to build with com­peti­tors reg­is­ter­ing daily.

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