(september 16, 2011)
Repeat winners share podium with first-time Targa Newfoundland winners
ST. JOHN'S (September 16, 2011) -- Two repeat winners shared the podium with two new victors as rain on the final day and the injury of a spectator on Thursday dampened the celebration of the 10th annual Targa Newfoundland.
The local father/son team of Brian (father) and Matthew Oldford of Paradise, Newfoundland, backed up their 2010 win in the Modern Division with a convincing victory in their Subaru in the Modern Division, besting the Toyota of Andrew Comrie-Picard of Toronto and Brian O'Kane of Calgary. Third went to the crowd-pleasing Dodge Viper of Ralph Gilles of Auburn Hills, Michigan and Jen Horsey of Toronto.
Another local entry, the Porsche of Scott Giannou of St. John's with co-driver Ray Felice of Guelph, Ontario, defended their championship in Classic Division, edging the Camaro of Halifax's Bob Yuille and Troy Webb. Third went to Montreal's Jon Nichols with co-driver Ian Crerar of Picton, Ontario, also in a Camaro.
The Open Division came down to the wire, as the Dodge Challenger of Rob Pacione of Toronto and Brian Maxwell of Port Hope, Ontario claimed the win just ahead of the BMW of Herbert Wong and Desmond Sie of Toronto on the last day. Third went to the Subaru of Mike Davenport and Sean Monette of Orillia, Ontario.
The Grand Touring contest was impossibly tight as the VW Golf of locals Justin Crant and Justin Russell were ahead of the Mazda of the Ontario team of Brent Layton and Gabielle Riff after five gruelling days of competition. Third went to Ontario's Rick McLeod and American Steve McKelvie.
Results are provisional pending technical verification by event scrutineers.
The thoughts of competitors and organizers were with the spectator injured Thursday in an incident in Fortune. It is the first injury to a spectator in the 10-year history of Targa Newfoundland. Targa organizers continue to cooperate with the RCMP in an investigation of the incident.
Hurricane winds and rain failed to dampen the awareness and fund-raising efforts of the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador as volunteers staged car shows and sold coffee along the route. Individual teams lent their names and colourful cars to causes such as Rally For The Kids, MADD and Soldier On, whose two injured Canadian Forces veterans completed their second Targa Newfoundland.
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