CLARENVILLE, NL – Day 4 of Targa Newfoundland opened to sunny skies and warm temperatures for the second day in a row. Competition teams ran a full 8 stages down the Heritage Run, ending with an overnight in Marystown.
Heading into the last day of competition leaders maintained their position as Giannou/Felice lead Classic Division with 39 penalty seconds. In the Modern Division, Comrie-Picard/O’Kane are the sole possessors of first place with 18 penalty seconds.
In the Open Division, Dyer/Crant have taken 1:52 in penalties and lead the pack. In Grand Touring, Riddell/De Lange are at the top with five penalty seconds.
Jon Howard and Matt Kelland of St. John’s had a slight run in with a guardrail but after some quick tuning and a new control arm, they were back on the start line.
Bergeron/Kirby, who flipped yesterday in New-Wes-Valley, replaced a windshield and repaired some other minor damage to make the start line early this morning.
Many teams are competing to raise awareness of various charities. The Autism Challenge is in its second annual appearance at Targa this year with 9 teams banded together under the leadership of Julie and Ray Halleran to assist those living with Autism. The Autism Society of NL is the official charity of TN and the proceeds of the car shows and the Gala Awards Dinner are in aid of autism programs throughout the province.
Day 5 of the event takes place back in the Avalon Peninsula. Stages are run in Little Bay East, Harbour Mille, Carbonear, and new stage in Freshwater, and a competitor favourite in Brigus. Competition is sure to tighten on this final day.
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 11th annual Targa Newfoundland returns to St. John’s on Friday, September 14th for the finish at The Keg on the Harborfront. For more information visit www.targanewfoundland.com.
From Chris Langdon