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.