Motorsport clas­sic

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An an­nual mo­tor sport clas­sic is com­ing to Carbonear for the first time this fall.

Carbonear has been added to the towns, which will be host­ing Targa events this year. The Con­cep­tion Bay North town will work with Targa New­found­land to cre­ate and run a com­pet­i­tive stage dur­ing the an­nual mo­tor sport clas­sic to be held in Septem­ber.

The ap­prox­i­mately seven-kilo­me­tre Targa stage will run through the heart of the town and will be­come one of the crit­i­cal fi­nal stages of the 2010 event. Carbonear town coun­cil passed a mo­tion to host Targa at a meet­ing on Feb. 15.

The new stage to be held on Fri­day Sept. 17 has been de­signed to be a very chal­leng­ing town stage, which will set the stan­dard of com­pe­ti­tion for the bal­ance of the fi­nal day of the event.

“ The stage will be new to all the com­peti­tors and will be a real thrill for the fans,” says Targa or­ga­nizer Robert Gian­nou. “In pre­vi­ous years, the re­sults of the stages held on the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion strongly in­flu­ence the out­come of the event for both the Targa and Grand Tour­ing cat­e­gories,” Gian­nou says.

Sug­gest­ing, “ Targa has a pos­i­tive eco­nomic im­pact on the prov­ince and on com­mu­ni­ties along the route, Gian­nou says, “we are pleased that Carbonear will be­come part of the Targa fam­ily.”

Mayor Sam Slade says they hope the event will at­tract thou­sands of spec­ta­tors and fans to Carbonear

“ to watch our Targa stage and en­joy our town’s hos­pi­tal­ity. We have worked closely with Targa to choose a route that will be ex­cit­ing as well as chal­leng­ing. We wel­come Targa and look for­ward to as­sist­ing them in pro­vid­ing this world class en­ter­tain­ment,” Slade says.

Owned and op­er­ated by New­found­land In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­sports Ltd., Targa New­found­land is one of three in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized Targa mo­tor­sports events in the world. The ninth an­nual Targa New­found­land will start in St. John’s Sept. 11, and end back in the cap­i­tal Sept. 18. The com­pe­ti­tion will cover more than 2,000 kilo­me­tres of the chal­leng­ing, twisty roads of the cen­tral and east­ern por­tion of the prov­ince, in­clud­ing up to 450 kilo­me­tres of closed-road, f lat-out Targa stages.

Com­peti­tors have come from the U.S., Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Ire­land, Hol­land, Ger­many, the Ba­hamas, Turks and Caicos and the U.K. for the first edi­tions of Targa New­found­land and in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est con­tin­ues to build with com­peti­tors reg­is­ter­ing daily.

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