ST. JOHN’S, NL (September 18, 2015) – The 14th annual Targa Newfoundland competition came to a close on Friday in the historic town of Brigus, with many of the winners being local entries.
The chilly, early autumn weather didn’t dampen the competitors or their supporter’s attitudes at the end of the event. Provisional winners of classes and divisions were announced in the centre of Brigus by Targa President Robert Giannou.
The Open division winner turned out to be Jean Luc Bergeron and his co-driver of Yvan Turcotte, both of Quebec. It is their first Open division championship at the Targa. They beat out defending champion Mike Davenport and Brad Benson, both of Ontario.
The Modern division winner is a local team who participates in local rally cross for practice. Billy Anderson and Max Cline Abrahams drove their MINI exceptionally well and it was certainly noticed by other competitors and fans.
In Classic division, the local team of Mike Mercer and Corey Prosser beat out a similar Mazda Miata for first place in the division.
Grand Touring Equipped winners of Marinus Damm and Renee Damm of Oregon, U.S.A. were quite surprised to win the division, as they had not been in the lead at any other point during the week.
Grand Touring Unequipped was won by a rookie team to the event consisting of Carson Scheller of California, U.S.A. and Lauren Scheller of Arizona, U.S.A.
The last remaining function for the 2015 Targa is the formal Awards Gala to be held at the Canadian Forces Station St. John’s on Saturday. This will be the final event of the 2015 Targa Newfoundland.
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2015 competition will start in Torbay on September 13 and concludes back in St. John’s on September 18. The annual rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometers of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including more than 400 kilometers of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.