I was in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada to compete in the 10th annual Targa Newfoundland from September 7th to 18th, 2011. I navigated for CTCC driver Jacques Deshaises in a 2010 Kia Forte Targa Koup SX.
The car was owned by Kia Canada and powered by the 2.4-litre four-cylinder 16V DOHC engine that sends 176 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual transmission. Over 2,200 kms and through two days of rally school, a day of practice, one prologue day, and a full five days of competitive racing, it took one heck of a beating, but made it to the finish line with but a few scrapes to the underside and corner body panels, and a scuffed right rear wheel.
Autonet.ca (R.I.P.) extended me the opportunity to go on this incredible adventure, which had been on my bucket list for close to a decade, with Kia Canada. In addition to performing all of my team duties at a high level on the Rock, I also wrote daily blog posts and took some photos for Autonet and Sun Media newspapers.
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- Soldiering on: Life, Luck, Racing and Second Chances on the Rock
- (Targa) School is in
- Time to get real
- Registration Day
- Prologue Day
- Day One Done
- Day Two: Finding a Groove
- Day Three: Lucky Me
- Day Four: Gimme More
- Day Five: Staying Alive
- Targa Newfoundland Final Report