Marystown, the home of three of the most popular competitive stages in the annual Targa Newfoundland and the headquarters for the Burin Peninsula leg of the international motorsport event, has confirmed its participation in Targa for the next four years.

At its regular meeting the Marystown council approved an agreement that will welcome Targa competitors and fans back to the community for the next four years.

Marystown is the hub and central service community for the southernmost peninsula of Newfoundland and the traditional start of the frantic final day of the week-long Targa challenge. It numbers among its benefits a spectacular ice-free deep-water port which is home to such facilities as a major offshore oil servicing and fabrication base, a marine shipyard and dry-dock facility, as well as a major seafood processing plant.

In the nine years since Targa started, Marystown has hosted more competitive Targa stages than any other community.

The three Marystown stages and nearby Mooring Cove stage are the pivotal points in the 11-stage, two-day Burin Peninsula competition that will see the competition run throughout the key towns and communities of the area. In addition, Marystown will host the competitors and service crews for an overnight stay in the town and treat its citizens and those of the surrounding area to an “after the event” evening car show at its local arena and sports complex. The evening car show is held in support of the area school lunch program and the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador’s local chapter.

The two 6-kilometre Marystown stages and their 2.5 km long Mooring Cove sister stage will be held in the early morning and late in the afternoon on Thursday, September 16, event organizers have announced. The stages will be the same as previously run and will set the tone for what is arguably the event’s most difficult day of competition for both the Targa and Grand Touring categories.

“We truly appreciate that Marystown is continuing its key role in the Burin by bringing Targa Newfoundland to its streets, and we wish to thank the mayor and council as well as their staff for the working with us to accomplish this,” said Targa organizer Robert Giannou. “This day is most critical to the success of the event and our competitors love it. Marystown is important because it sets the tone for the balance of the competition. High praise is due to retired teacher Robert Lymburner, who runs the three stages, and to Derrick Hanrahan who coordinates the Newfoundland Autism Society’s projects in the area. They really deliver for their community, its people and our competitors.”

“Throughout the years, Targa has demonstrated a tremendous loyalty to Marystown and we look forward to supporting the new partnership which Targa has created with the Autism Society this year,” said Marystown mayor Sam Synard. “We are pleased to be associated with them.”

Targa organizer Giannou presented Mayor Synard with two numbered collectors plaques from the Targa Competitors from 2009.

Mayor Synard in turn presented one of the numbered plaques to Mr. Lymburner in recognition of his work for the town. “Mr Lymburner is a credit to Marystown, his work for the Targa event, and for the other organizations he supports through the community Lion’s Club should be recognized.” said Mayor Synard. ” Targa has given our area and our local tourism efforts an international flavour due to the fantastic media coverage the event attracts. It has made Newfoundland and the event more widely known than we ever expected. We look forward to seeing Targa in Marystown for the next four years and extend an invitation to all the people from the surrounding communities to come and join us at this year’s arena car show,” added the mayor.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 9th annual Targa Newfoundland will start in St. John’s on Saturday, September 11, 2010, and end back in the capital Saturday, September 18. The competition will cover more than 2,000 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including up to 450 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

Competitors have come from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Holland, Germany, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the U.K. for the first editions of Targa Newfoundland and international interest continues to build with competitors registering daily.

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