The course for the 10th annual Targa Newfoundland motorsports classic is set, and the route promises to be a celebration of a decade of the event’s favourite communities and roads, organizers have announced.

The route for the 2011 rally includes 44 closed-road Targa stages and features a mix of long-time competitor favourites and new stages, and embraces 70 communities over six days. Included in the roster are 14 stages from the inaugural Targa Newfoundland in 2002 that have been in every event since, testament to the strong relationship the rally and its international cast of competitors has built with host communities over the years, Targa organizer Robert Giannou says.

“Our competitors just love to come back to the stages that have made Targa such a memorable even- and such a sporting challenge,” Giannou says. “Over the past nine years, we have run hallmark stages like Marystown something like 18 times and Gander 14 times. Competitors love these communities and these stages, and have talked about them around the world. We’re celebrating that amazing relationship in 2011.”

Some 63 different Targa stages have been run over the first nine years of the competition for a total of 363 stages since 2002, Giannou says.

New for the 2011 event is a four-kilometre hillclimb near Clarenville, one of the four overnight stops for competitors.

“There’s always a dynamic to the layout of the route,” Giannou explains. “Not every stage can run every year, so the list of stages and communities changes every year. It’s gratifying that so many communities from the first Targa Newfoundland are still with us for the 10th annual event.”

Entries for the 10th annual event are arriving daily.

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 10th annual Targa Newfoundland will start in St. John’s on Saturday, September 10, 2011, and end back in the capital Saturday, September 17. 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.

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