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Australians dominate first Targa Newfoundland rally

A pair of Australian teams made the trek across the globe worthwhile, collecting two of the top spots in the inaugural Targa Newfoundland rally through the eastern regions of Canada's rugged island province.

Len and Gayle Cattlin of Melbourne dominated the Classic category in their highly developed 1967 Mustang fastback. The husband-and-wife team also posted the top overall score.

Period Ford V8s ruled the Classic domain. Second in Classic was decided on the last day of the five-day event, when Canadians Jeremy Hill and Lennox McNeely, in a 1965 Mustang, edged the 1964 Falcon of five-time Canadian rally champ Tom McGeer and American Mark Williams in the final stages.

The father-and-son team of John and Andrew Lawson of Melbourne held on to the lead in the Historic division despite a blown piston in their 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Spyder on the last day. The veteran Targa Tasmania campaigners had been in contention for the overall lead until their engine woes, but kept the car alive to best the 1933 Citroen Traction Avant of Edison and Marg-O Wiltshire of Newfoundland.

By mid-event, it appeared like an all-Australian podium, as Tasmanians Mark Saxby and Martin Rees controlled the Modern category in their 1995 Porsche Turbo. But a blown engine in the Porsche at the end of the third day handed the lead and class win to the BMW M-Coupe of Americans Bill Arnold and Tamara Hull of California. Canadians Craig Seko and Jim Morrow of Ontario claimed second in their 1990 Porsche 944 S2.

The Newfoundland Trials event, a time/speed/distance road rally run in conjunction with Targa Newfoundland, was won by Canadians Alan and Carolyn Ryall of Ontario, in a Subaru Impreza.

Thousands of eager fans lined the route over the week-long rally, flocked to overnight car shows and eagerly followed the event through local media coverage. The route covered more than 2,000 kilometres, including nearly 500 km of closed-road Targa stages. A one-hour television documentary on the first Targa Newfoundland event will air in Canada, the U.S. and Europe this winter.

Unique in North America, Targa Newfoundland is patterned after the successful Targa Tasmania and Targa New Zealand events, and provides the owners of historic, classic and modern sporting cars the opportunity to drive their cars the way they were intended to be driven. Targa Newfoundland was presented by Newfoundland International Motorsports and sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS).

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NOTE: Complete results are available at http://www.rallyscoring.com/results/resu2002/targa2002/index.htm
PHOTOS and day-by-day reports are available at http://www.targanewfoundland.com

CONTACT: Doug Mepham (613)966-4969 or [email protected]
 
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