ST. JOHN’S (December 28, 2017) Starting with the 2018 Targa Newfoundland, the Grand Touring division will have a new class added to increase competition amongst competitors that have classic vehicles. The Grand Touring Vintage (GT-V) class will be created to have vehicles from 1981 and older compete in their own class, which should increase the fun level and competition for those older vehicles in GT. Competitors with older vehicles have stated their models simply cannot keep up with the newer MINI’s and Mustangs that have been entered the last couple of years, which puts them at a serious disadvantage.
A request was made to introduce a Vintage class so that these competitors can still be included in the GT division, yet have their own class to battle it out for top spot amongst themselves. It would also mean less wear and tear, and less preparation regarding adding a rally computer or other technical equipment to beat the more modern entries. “The idea is one that really makes sense,” explains Targa Newfoundland President Robert Giannou. “Trying to have a balanced field for GT can be difficult with the technological advancements in recent years. Vintage models just don’t have the speed or technology available to them to keep up. With the GT Vintage (GT-V) class, we feel this should eliminate this disadvantage and give those willing to enter their older vehicles a chance to compete and enjoy themselves at the Targa Newfoundland.”
A minimum of four GT Vintage (GT-V) entries must be entered for the class to officially commence for 2018. That number will at least make it worth wild for those entered to battle each other, and allow for adequate timing separation for the classes to be released in their own group.
When registering for the event, the determination will be made at that time regarding what class in Grand Touring the entry will be entered. The option is there for Vintage vehicles to still run against the newer GT entries if they so choose, but if the vehicle is 1981 and older, the competitor will be directed towards the GT Vintage (GT-V) class.
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2018 competition will start in St. John’s on September 17th and concludes back in the capital on September 21st. The annual rally will cover more than 1,500 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the eastern portion of Newfoundland, including over 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages
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