ST. JOHN’S (August 25, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland’s 15th annual tarmac rally is only two weeks away. Participants and their vehicles are arriving in the province to experience the “Ironman of Motorsports” first hand. Sixty teams from all corners of North America will compete in this year’s Targa.
On September 10th and 11th, fans and spectators are invited to see the vehicles and teams at the Targa public car shows at Canadian Forces Station St. John’s, 115 The Boulevard, St. John’s. All proceeds from the gate will go to the Soldier On charity of the Canadian Armed Forces. In Clarenville, September 12th – 15th, the Shaw Direct sponsored car shows will be held at the Eastlink Events Centre, with proceeds from that gate going to the Clarenville chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
This year’s entry list includes several rally prepared Subaru WRX STi’s, Mitsubishi Evo’s, MINI Cooper’s, and BMW M3’s. Audi, Porsche, Ford and many other manufacturers are also represented throughout Targa’s four divisions.
Standout entries in this year’s line up include two American 1949 Cadillac Sedanette’s. One team from Minnesota has competed across North America, while the other team from Massachusetts has competed in rallies across North America, Europe, and Asia. Both avid competitors are new to Targa and are looking forward to experiencing the province.
A 1984 Audi Quattro from the Lognay Rally Team of Quebec will also be making its first attempt at the Targa. The car, piloted by a father daughter team, has been made famous during the World Rally Championships in the mid 80’s. The Quattro has an unmistakable sound which will certainly excite the fans along the route.
A fan favorite, duo Douglas and Kenneth Brown in a 1959 Chevy Corvette will be returning for their second try at the Targa. The Canadian brother’s first attempt in 2014 finished with them 3rd in their class.
Another Canadian team has entered a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan in the non-competitive Fast Tour division of the event. Fast Tour is the portion of the event that is not timed, where competitors get to enjoy the closed roads while in a controlled and safe environment. Team members Sugan Krisnarajah and Jacky Yang are looking forward to their first visit to the Rock.
For more information on the teams, the schedule of events and locations of stages, please check out the online version of the Official Guide, at www.tinyurl.com/targanl2016.
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2016 competition will start in St. John’s on September 12th and conclude back in the capital on September 16th. The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland. It includes over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.