Targa plates to be issued for first time in Grand Touring (GT) for 2016

Targa is announcing that starting in this year’s event, GT competitors can obtain a Targa Plate (silver plate below) should they complete all stages of the event and do not accumulate more than 3:00 minutes in total penalty time. Below is the wording that will be added to the Rules and Regulations document in the near future to represent the change.

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Targa Trophy Plates will be awarded to the crew member (driver, navigator or co-driver) completing all Targa stages in the Grand Touring Division competition and scoring less than 3:00 minutes penalty points.

• Silver – each year
• Gold – third consecutive year
• Platinum – six consecutive years (four of which are silver)
• Diamond – nine consecutive years (six of which are silver)

This now will mean both competitive divisions within Targa (Targa and Grand Touring) will now be able to obtain Targa Plates.

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Marketing agreement announced between Targa Newfoundland & ChumpCar Canada/Canadian Sportscar Sprint Series

ST. JOHN’S (April 21, 2016) – The ability to promote a major motorsports event, such as Targa Newfoundland, across the country is an important part of any marketing strategy. To accomplish this important goal, Targa has reached a cross-marketing agreement to promote two other Canadian racing series – ChumpCar Canada and the Canadian Sportscar Sprint Series (CS3).

The agreement provides ChumpCar Canada and CS3 access to all competitors of Targa via promotion on the Targa official website, marketing material being given to each competitor at registration, logo promotion on banners, and decals of each series on all competitor vehicles during the 15th anniversary Targa this September.

In return, Targa receives promotion on both the ChumpCar Canada and CS3 official websites, marketing material being available at all ChumpCar Canada and CS3 events during the 2016 racing season, a large Targa banner placed within the paddock at each event, and decal placement on all ChumpCar Canada and CS3 competitor vehicles.

An incentive for competitors in each event and series is that with the agreement, the overall winner in ChumpCar and CS3 will each get to enter Targa in 2017, and the overall winner in Targa with the least amount of penalty time this year will be able to compete in a ChumpCar or CS3 event in late 2016 or during the 2017 racing season.

Robert Giannou, President of Targa, is ecstatic with the new agreement and the access to potential new competitors from across the country.

“Being able to reach this marketing agreement is truly a great accomplishment for all involved.  Targa will now reach competitors in both ChumpCar and CS3 that potentially would not be familiar with our event.  And they in turn will reach a whole new group of potentials from our Targa competitors.  It really shows the great motorsports community we have in this country.”

Wendy Edwards, Executive Director of ChumpCar Canada and CS3, echoes Giannou’s excitement with the agreement.

“We at ChumpCar Canada are excited to be partnering with Targa Newfoundland in this cross sponsorship program.  Racing is alive and well in Canada and we hope by promoting each other’s events and series that we enlighten and educate even more Canadians about Targa Newfoundland, ChumpCar Canada and the new Canadian Sportscar Sprint Series.  We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

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 concludes back in the capital on September 16th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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Stage Operations Accreditation Program begins May 3rd!

Every spring Targa puts off its six week safety training program for those Special Volunteers who are planning on being out on the road with us for the entire Targa. This spring is no different, with the course beginning on Tuesday, May 3rd, at the Prince Philip Drive Campus of the College of the North Atlantic.

Class starts at 7pm and runs approximately two hours each session. Held in Classroom L201 at the Murphy Centre (building L below). A little social then occurs at a local food establishment afterwards.

This six week course is free. The course teaches the do’s and don’t’s of being out on a live stage during the event, the proper way of securing a stage, setup of a stage, radio communications, emergency protocol, media relations and other associated topics relevant to Targa. A certificate and license will be presented at the conclusion of the program.

Mr. Joe Dowden, Training Coordinator, will lead the course and will be assisted by a number of guest speakers, who will present on specialized topics.

We are still in need of volunteers for Timing Teams, Set-up Teams and Competitor Relations Officers, along with general volunteers who can assist the event. If you’d like to come out and see what the training session is all about, please do so!

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Local competitors in position to become first ever Targa Grand Master in 15th annual Targa Newfoundland

Local competitors in position to become first ever Targa Grand Master in 15th annual Targa Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S (April 18, 2016) – With the 15th annual Targa Newfoundland quickly approaching, local competitors are moving their preparation into high gear. Several Newfoundland competitors are eyeing the ultimate prize in Targa, earning the distinction of being the first Targa Grand Master, which will be awarded at the conclusion of the tarmac rally this September.

A new twist in the 2016 Targa is the birth of the Targa Masters Challenge.  Created by Targa President and co-creator Robert Giannou, the Challenge provides all previous winners in either the Targa or Grand Touring divisions a chance to compete head to head for the distinction of being the first Targa Grand Master.

Besides potentially winning their respective divisions, the previous winners will also have their penalty times used to determine a winner amongst each returning group, past Targa and Grand Touring winners.  The past team or individual winner with the least penalty time who is entered in this year’s Targa will then be known as the Targa Grand Master for their division, a champion of champions that covers 15 years of competitors from all over the world.

Giannou believes this is a great way to celebrate the 15th anniversary Targa while promoting the individual achievement of those who would be crown Targa Grand Master, especially if it happens to be a Newfoundlander.

“Winning in Targa is special.  Being able to beat other winners, the best of the best, is something not to be taken lightly,” Giannou says.  “The potential of a Newfoundlander to keep the Targa Grand Master crown here at home, it should be something that is celebrated and should cause great pride for those who are involved in the provincial motorsports scene, no matter the event or series they participate in.”

The potential for local individuals or teams to take home the inaugural Targa Grand Master crown is available to several from the Avalon Peninsula.  The team of Billy Anderson of Upper Gullies and Max Cline Abrahams of St. John’s, Mike Mercer of St. John’s and Corey Prosser of Paradise, and individuals Scott Giannou of St. John’s and Justin Crant of Paradise, all could be Targa Grand Master’s at the conclusion of the Targa, which is scheduled to be held in the historic town of Brigus.

Crant is the only Newfoundlander who can claim to have won both in Grand Touring and Targa divisions, an accomplishment in itself.  Being named Targa Grand Master would be a very proud moment for him should he and his driver, John Hume Jr., of Ontario, win Targa this year.

“I learned a lot about crew communication while in the car during my first Targa,” he explained.  “Competing in Grand Touring really helped me master the skills needed to be a good navigator.  Moving up into Targa division and winning there showed that I was ready to navigate with the higher speeds, increased pressure and I was quite comfortable being in the car.  Being back in the navigator seat with Jr. driving, I really like my chance of keeping the Targa Grand Master title here in Newfoundland.”

Mike Mercer and Corey Prosser are the defending Classic division champions within Targa.  The rookies won in their first Targa last year and are hoping to repeat while winning the Challenge.

“After a few years of being volunteers (with the event) we decided to actually compete,” stated Mercer.  “Winning our division in 2015 was something we didn’t expect in our first year competing!  To come back this year, the 15th anniversary event, and have the opportunity to compete for the Targa Grand Master is something Corey and I can’t wait for.  Already proud to call Newfoundland our home, winning this event with our local team would be an unforgettable experience.”

Teams will continue to have the opportunity to enter over the coming months.  Some of those teams potentially could qualify for the Challenge and be from Newfoundland, increasing the chance of keeping the crown from the prestigious motorsports event here in the province.

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 concludes back in the capital on September 16th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

 

Family affair as Quebec based Lognay Rally team enters its first Targa Newfoundland tarmac rally

Family affair as Quebec based Lognay Rally team enters its first Targa Newfoundland tarmac rally

ST.JOHN’S (April 14, 2016) – A bucket list item for many motorsports enthusiast, competing in Targa Newfoundland can be a lifelong dream for many. For one Brossard, Quebec family who together all compete in rally, it was a simple question of when, not if, they were going to enter the Targa. After some thought, the Lognay Rally team have officially entered the 15th anniversary Targa in their 2010 Subaru WRX STi and 1984 Audi Quattro.

Having a single car team of a brother and sister or father and daughter is not a big deal at Targa.  It happens quite a lot.  But, to have a two car team consisting of a brother and sister in one and a father and daughter in the other, all of the same family and on the same team, that is unique.

Ludovic Lognay and his sister Lauriane will be competing in their first Targa in their 2010 Subaru WRX STi.  Both have competed in the Canadian Rally Championship and Quebec Rally Championship, respectively.  Ludovic has podium three times, with Lauriane podium once.  They are not professional rallyist; however they compete at a very high standard whenever schedules allow for competition.  When not rallying, Ludovic is a mechanical engineer who owns a company that builds truck bodies, while Lauriane is a jeweler and gemmologist.

“Since we arrived in Canada 18 years ago (from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but all born in Belgium), the Targa has always intrigued us,” stated Ludovic.  “We always try to watch it online or on television, saying that one day we will try the experience.  After getting the chance to begin rally competition in 2010, that project becomes closer.  For competitions on asphalt, other than those on a race track, this is the most beautiful experience.  Being that the competition is for a long period of time (5 days of actual timed competition) it adds extra motivation to the challenge.”

Ludovic and Lauriane’s teammates, their father and sister, Frank and Larissa Lognay, will be competing in their 1984 Audi Quattro.  A sure fan favorite due to the rich rallying history of the Quattro, having such a classic rally car at Targa is quite a thrill for the organizers.

“The difficulty lies in the fact that we had to adapt an old chassis 30 years of age with current technology into a powerful rally car,” said Frank when asked about the history of the Quattro.

“We worked hard on the car for a year and a half,” continued Frank, “working with Eric Dufresne from Yvan Turcotte Racing.  Initially, we had to adapt the long frame with a shorter dimension (short wheel base) then find the different suppliers of performance parts, not just replicas parts, for both the engine (5-cylinder, 20 turbo valves), the gear box, suspensions, brakes and a lot of other things.  It would have been easy to make a replica, but above all, we wanted an old style car with all the modern technology.  I believe the finished product is exactly that and much more.”

With Frank’s extensive motorsports background and Larissa’s five podium finishes in the Canadian and Quebec Rally Championship, it also means the team will certainly be competing for top honours at the Targa.

“It’s a lot more preparation than what we are use to, because of the distance to travel and also due to the specificities of the race, but the whole process is thrilling,” Larissa explained when asked her thoughts on the event.  “We have two amazing cars and we have an amazing team.  Of course, here I’m talking about my fabulous driver (and father), my brother and sister in the second car, mom who’s cheering, but I’m also talking about our crew who’s always ready to follow us.  Without them, this adventure wouldn’t even be possible.  I am really looking forward to seeing the beautiful province of Newfoundland, to meeting all the people there and to adding this event to my book of accomplishments.  I am sure we’re gonna have a blast!”

Frank has also competed in both the Canadian and Quebec Rally Championship’s, with five podium finishes.  He won the Quebec 4wd Championship in 2012 with Larissa as his navigator.  He’s also done Motocross in parts of Africa, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand from 1972 through 1980.  He’s raced alongside the likes of Joel Robert, a six time world champion and Gaston Rahier, a three time world champion.

In keeping with the amateur status of the team, Larissa is a photographer and owns a travel agency when she’s not her father’s navigator.  However, the family’s motto regarding their attempt at the Targa means even though amateurs, they are here for a single reason –  We’re not going to the Targa for a drive, but to compete there!

To follow the Lognay Rally team during their Targa adventure, check them out on Facebook and Instagram under Lognay Rally Team.

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 concludes back in the capital on September 16th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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National Volunteer Week 2016

This is National Volunteer Week. Targa Newfoundland would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time throughout the year and for those volunteers on the individual stages who help marshal on the day of the stage.

Targa would not happen if not for your dedication, hard work and willingness to help this unique motorsports adventure take place! We look forward to having assistance from you again for 2016, which is looking to be one of the biggest Targa’s yet!

Once again, thank you!

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Targa Newfoundland is now on Instagram!

Another social media angle for Targa Newfoundland to utilize!

www.instagram.com/targa_nl/ is now up and posting! Please follow us on Instagram where short videos, plenty of images and postings will happen on a regular basis!

David Noseworthy, Targa’s Archivist, will run the Instagram account. David’s enjoying the creative freedom he’s having with the account and is looking forward to posting more visual information for the fans to view.

“I’ve managed similar social media accounts in other volunteer capacities in the past,” stated Noseworthy. Being able to help Darren Sheppard, GM of Targa, with the Instagram account can let him focus on the other social media in the Targa family. It’ll also show our different social media personalities, which is never a bad thing.”

“With adding another social media platform, it’ll certainly allow us to increase PR, reach new fans and promote everything Targa in a more visual setting,” concluded Noseworthy.

The Instagram symbol at the top right of the main Targa Newfoundland page will take visitors directly to the account. Targa’s other social media platforms are also available at the top right of the main page.

With the addition of Instagram, Targa is now available through four major outlets – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The main Targa website will continue to be the official source of information regarding the event.

“Social media is very important in today’s PR,” stated Sheppard. “Having David assist us with the Instagram account is greatly appreciated. Being able to use as many assets as we can to get information out is vital for our event. Using social media, plus being back on television in 2016 is certainly a positive for Targa and for those seeking information on the event.”

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Targa’s marketing efforts increase with new national sponsor, marketing personnel in Ontario

Targa Newfoundland’s marketing efforts increase with new national sponsor, marketing personnel in Ontario

ST. JOHN’S (April 6, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland’s national marketing efforts has increased in the past month, with another national sponsor coming on board and the naming of a new marketing person for the Ontario motorsports market.

K&K Insurance, Canada’s leading provider of sports, leisure and entertainment insurance, has signed on to become a major sponsor of the Targa’s 15th anniversary tarmac rally.

The sponsorship provides K&K Insurance a direct opportunity to deal with competitors who sign up for Targa, who may wish to benefit from K&K Insurance coverage during the event and in their other personal leisure activities.  As well, the Fast Tour division of Targa will now be known as the K&K Insurance Fast Tour division, giving K&K Insurance exclusive naming rights for the non-competitive division of Targa.  K&K Insurance will also continue to provide event insurance coverage to the entire event.

Targa has also added a marketing person in the province of Ontario.  Christina Kroner of Toronto, will now be Targa’s representative in that province.  Kroner, who finished 3rd in last year’s Grand Touring Equipped division, brings years of marketing experience in the Greater Toronto Area.   Her 6 years of working in the automotive industry with MINI and BMW and her highly successful real estate business has allowed her to gain great exposure within both industries in the region.  She also has a personal love for motorsports and maintains several social media accounts regarding her adventures on four wheels.

“It was an honour to realize my dream of competing in the Targa Newfoundland rally, one of the most unique events in Motorsports, and an even bigger honour to now work with the organization to grow awareness and participation,” stated Kroner.  “I’m so looking forward to being a second-time competitor:  joining returning participants, new faces, volunteers and the communities in Newfoundland with the Targa organization in its 15th anniversary year.”

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 concludes back in the capital on September 16th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

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CBC Newfoundland and Labrador picks Targa’s April Fool’s release #2!

We’re #2! We’re #2!

Yesterday we put out a release stating we were bringing in the “Marine Division” to Targa. An April Fool’s Joke of course! Full credits should be given to Chris Langdon, who sent the release into us. Chris is our design guy (he designs and creates the posters, other special ad’s and the Route Books each year). He did a great job on the release and he should be congratulated!

The link is the Top 3 “jokes” that went viral in the province yesterday, at least according to the CBC. The RNC policing the Bahamas was certainly #1. Their PR and social media folks over there know a thing or two about getting attention. Good job on them.

But, Targa came #2! Not bad for a release that was thought of as Chris was typing it out. Totally didn’t expect it to get the attention it did. Very proud of Chris for coming up with it. Good work mate!

We’d also like to thank CBC Newfoundland & Labrador for picking us #2!

Here’s the link to the CBC story!

Targa announces Marine Division to its 2016 lineup!

For immediate release

ST. JOHN’S (April 1, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland is proud to announce the addition of an all new competitive division to commemorate the 15th annual event.

Targa Newfoundland President Robert Giannou announced the addition of the new “Marine Division” which will see dories, traditional Newfoundland flat-bottomed boats, face off against each other.

“Given our tremendous success with land based stages, taking to the water was the obvious next step,” said Giannou. “We feel this is the ideal way to honour our 15th year, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador’s proud seafaring history.”

The concept of a Marine Division was born from the iconic photo taken during the 10th anniversary Targa of the bright yellow Ferrari Enzo floating in Mortier Bay in Marystown with a matching yellow dory floating nearby. In cooperation with the Scandinavian Dory Series (SDS), the concept quickly became reality.

“We are excited to expand to North America,” SDS President Sloof Lirpa said from his office in Oslo, “and we look forward to making the partnership with Targa Newfoundland a long and fruitful one.”

For more information on the Marine Division, visit targanfld.com or call 1-877-332-2413.

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 concludes back in the capital on September 17th.  The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 440 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.