@targanl * ST. JOHN’S, NL – The 2014 version of the annual Targa Newfoundland international rally has published a revised schedule that adds a day of pre-event activities, organizers have announced.
Saturday, September 13, will be devoted to registering competitors and crews, technical inspection of the cars and meetings for organizers. The new schedule reflects the structure of the event from prior years.
“We had hoped to be able to compress some of the activities like registration and tech inspection into our Sunday schedule to make the event a little shorter for everyone involved,” explains organizer Robert Giannou. “But travel plans, ferry schedules and the sheer volume of work that has to get done before the competition means we had to revert to the old model.”
The pre-event activities on the Saturday will be centered at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay and include registration of competitors, technical inspection of vehicles, first aid training for competitors, and a car show that runs from 3:00pm to 9:00pm.
A welcome reception for competitors is scheduled for the Saturday evening.
“Targa Newfoundland is a marvel of organization, but even our fantastic volunteers only have 24 hours in a day, and sometimes we just need to give them a little more time,” Giannou concludes.
The ceremonial start of the 2014 edition of Targa Newfoundland will be held at The Keg restaurant on the St. John’s waterfront just after 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 14. Following the start, competitors will do three familiarization Targa stages in Flatrock and Torbay.
The stages, known as Prologue stages, are not timed and do not affect the competition. Rather, they’re a chance for local fans to catch some of the action, for teams to warm-up for the week, and for officials and timing crews to hone their skills before the rally begins in earnest on Monday morning, September 15.
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2014 competition will start in St. John’s on September 14 and concludes back in the capital on September 19. The annual rally will cover more than 1,550 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including 430 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.
From Doug Mepham- Targa Newfoundland PR
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