Targa Newfoundland Rally Action Heats up in Final Days [w/video]
Posted Sep 13th 2012 7:00PM
With another day down and just two more to go, Targa Newfoundland continues to challenge drivers in new ways. From roll over crashes to hurricane-like weather, this Targa event is no walk in the park. The grueling 2,200 km course covers all kinds of terrain and driving skills are put to the ultimate test.
We checked in with the hardcore crew from Vivid Racing, as we've been following the progress of their tough-as-nails Porsche 997 along this scenic race journey. Less than 24 hours ago the island was slammed with the outer parts of Hurricane Leslie causing flooding from tons of rain, yet the rally continued on.
Today was sunny with blue skys and the Vivid Racing team enjoyed some of the most epic scenery as they drove near and around Gander Bay. Leg 3 would have 8 stages that included both fast and flowing roads, in town street racing, and rural fishing village driving.
This stage had some incredibly fast straights with some tight hard to see hairpin turns. This is also what started a chain of exciting events for the rest of the day. On this stage Vivid Racing's fender mounted GoPro fell off the car! Once they crossed the finished line and discovered this, they called their video crew to go hunt for the camera. While on the hunt, the guys got a flat tire in the rental car and after spending 4 hours, they were finally back on the road without the GoPro. However, this would change at the end of the day.
Next the 997 ran Musgrave Harbor, New Wes Valley, and Greenspond. New Wes Valley did claim one of the Targa class cars. A BMW M3 E30 came around a left hander and landed upside down on a short grassy hill in front of spectators. They were all ok and took the car to the service point to get it ready for tomorrow.
Today's final stages were run in the city of Clarenville. Similar to yesterdays Gander street course, Clarenville was very intense with spectators, hard corners, hill climbs, and fast narrow roads. But before the start one of the event workers showed up with a sign that said, "Used GoPro For Sale" as they had found Vivid Racing's camera! Stoked from that, the guys lined up to the start and with Sport Plus on, pressed the brake, revved to 5,000 rpms and used the insane launch control of the Porsche Turbo S to take off!
With only a few days left until the final finish line, we are looking forward to the rest of the road ahead. Click here to check out the latest photo gallery and watch Vivid Racing's Porsche 997 in action after the jump.
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