Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2012 Targa Newfoundland: The Finish

1983 Volvo 245 Turbo GLT of Tony and Philip Piscitelli
reaches the 2012 Targa Newfoundland finish line.
Photo by Kate Tompkins

Here, finally, is my video of the various competitors crossing the finish line. I should explain that the rally stages were already completed, so the order in which the cars appear has nothing to do with the position in which they finished. Nonetheless, in order to claim a finisher’s medallion, each team must not only complete a certain number of stages, but their vehicle or parts thereof (that’s what the official rules say) must cross the finish line.

The rules don’t say the vehicle has to cross under its own power. As you can see in the top photo, the 1983 Volvo 245 Turbo GLT driven by Tony and Philip Piscitelli had a little help. I think these guys deserve a medal just for being such good sports.

They weren’t the only car to take some damage. Check out the 2004 Subaru WRX driven by John Howard and Matt Kelland. They’re still smiling, though.
2004 Subaru WRX driven by John Howard and Matt
Kelland reaches the 2012 Targa Newfoundland
finish line. Photo by Kate Tompkins

The actual group winners are as follows:

Classic: Scott Giannou and Ray Felice in a 1981 Porsche 911 SC, beating out six other teams, all of whom finished.

Modern: Andrew Comrie-Picard and Brian O'Kane in a 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9, beating out 13 other teams, only nine of whom finished.

Open: Local favourites Paul Dyer and Justin Crant in a Mitsubishi, beating out 11 other teams, eight of whom finished.

Grand Touring Equipped: John Hume and Craig MacMullen in a 2011 BMW 335is, beating seven other teams.
Grand Touring Unequipped: David Burrows and Jason Fancey in a 2013 Scion FR-S, ahead of the only other team.

Winners of the 2012 President’s Manufacturer’s Challenge, with two vehicles apiece entered, were Kia Canada and FIAT.

The 2012 Kenzie Cup for Marque Teams, given to the manufacturer with the three highest placing cars, went to BMW.

For a detailed look at the results, you can check out the Targa Newfoundland website.

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