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Porsche vs Viper showdown heading for Targa Newfoundland

It will be American horsepower vs German engineering when Dodge Viper meets Porsche Turbo in the pitched battle for top honours in the Modern category of September's Targa Newfoundland international rally.

The bright red V-10 Viper, in the hands of colourful American competitor Jerry Churchill, is co-favourite in the Modern category with the Porsche 911 Turbo of Australians Mark Saxby and Martin Rees. It will take six days and 2,000 kilometres of tough Newfoundland roads to decide the contest.

Churchill, of Dearborn, Mich., brings a feisty spirit, a high torque team and a long competition resume to the inaugural Targa Newfoundland event. Co-driver of the Viper will be Jim Roxbury of Princeton, Minn.

Churchill's motorsport history stretches back to the early 1960s, when he began oval racing. He has raced stock cars on short tracks and superspeedways like Talladega and Daytona, and made 135 starts in the U.S.-based ARCA series (top 5 in points three times) between 1970 and 2001. His road racing career has taken him to Sebring and Watkins Glen. He finished fifth in the grueling LaCarrera Pan America rally through Mexico and successfully completed the tough One Lap of America event five times. He has even taken the battle to the Australians: Churchill finished 12th in the first stock car race at the Thunderdome speedway near Melbourne, Australia, in 1988.

Driver Saxby and co-driver Rees have teamed seven times for the fabulous Targa Tasmania rally in their native Australia. Moving through successively more capable cars, the tarmac specialists are now regular contenders for the outright and modern class in the premier events in Australia. The Porsche's turbocharged power, four-wheel-drive and "awesome brakes" are certain to make it a factor in Newfoundland.

Churchill relishes the competition. "Porsche? Isn't that a woman's name?" he grins.

Canada is also familiar territory for the 62-year-old Churchill, who was born in the U.S. but grew up in Windsor, Ont., where he first raced circle-track cars at Bluebird Speedway in Windsor. His successful trucking company, Churchill Transportation, specializes in hauling Canadian freight between U.S. and Canadian destinations, and counts Chrysler among its clients.

It will be the first competitive adventure in Canada for Saxby, 42, who owns a successful chain of bakeries in Australia, and Rees, also 42, a partner with KPMG in Tasmania. The Saxby/Rees entry brings to six the number of Australian entries headed for Newfoundland.

The inaugural Targa Newfoundland is patterned after the highly successful Targa Tasmania in Australia and Targa New Zealand rally events, and is expected to attract up to 150 cars for the September 13-22 event. Targa Newfoundland will start and finish in St. John's, and the route will cover portions of the Avalon, Burin, Notre Dame and Bonavista peninsulas on the Canadian island province, including 500 kilometres of Targa stages on closed roads. The event is staged with the co-operation of Octagon Motorsports (which administers Targa Tasmania) and is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS).


Media: Competitors:
Doug Mepham Robert Giannou
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