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Targa Newfoundland 2014 Results


The Canadian 2014 Targa Newfoundland rally took place from September 14-19, 2014. Sunday was the prologue, followed by five very tough legs around St. John’s, Newfoundland.

John Hume Sr. and Craig MacMullen won the Grand Touring, Equipped class in their 2006 MINI JCW GP. Another GP driven by/navigated by Cody Morch and Nicole Troster took 2nd place in the GT, Equipped class.

2014 Targa Newfoundland GT Final Standings

In the Modern class, the team of Mepham and Solecki just missed the podium at 4th place in their MINI Cooper S JCW.  The three cars ahead of them were a Subaru WRX STI, BMW M3, and a Scion FR-S, with a Lotus Exige behind them in 5th.

See all of the results at www.targanewfoundland.com.

View videos of each stag at targanewfoundlandnews.com.

MINI in the 2014 Canadian Touring Car Championship

Team Octane

Photo by Team Octane

This weekend begins the 2014 Canadian Touring Car Championship season.  MINI teams compete in the Touring and B-Spec classes.

In the Touring Class, Team Octane consists of six drivers: Eric Lacouture (#43), Carlos Tesler-Mabe (#44), Samantha Tan (#45), Michel Sallenbach (#46), Paul Gravel (#48), and Marie-France Gagné (#49).

In B-Spec there is Stefan Yasin (#76) driving for Exclaim Motorsports.


2014 CTCC Schedule

Dates Track Location
May 17-18, 2014 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ontario
June 6-8, 2014 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal, Quebec
June 21-22, 2014 Calabogie Motorsports Park Greater Madawaska, Ontario
July 5-6, 2014 Circuit ICAR Mirabel, Quebec
July 26-27, 2014 Shannonville Motorsport Park Shannonville, Ontario
August 7-10, 2014 Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres Trois-Rivières, Quebec
August 30-31, 2014 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ontario

Follow the Teams and Drivers

Canadian Touring Car Championship website and Facebook page.

Download the 2014 CTCC Android App with Live Race Mapping, Record Book, Social Media connectivity, and more.

Visit the Team Octane Facebook page.

Visit Stefan Yasin’s Facebook page.

MINI: 10 years in America and Canada

10 years

Today marks ten years since MINI arrived in North America and launched in the US and Canada on March 22, 2002.  By then, MINI had already been selling Cooper and Cooper S models in the UK since the previous year.

MINI USA sold just 787 MINIs during the partial month of March 2002, but sales soon jumped and then rose steadily.  MINI launched with a single model (now called the Hardtop) but the family now has six models with more on the way.  MINI USA won many vehicle and engine awards and its two advertising firms, Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, have been awarded numerous times for their creative work.

MINI USA created a community through its own MINI Owners’ Lounge, but the huge following soon sprung up through independent websites and blogs (like this one), forums, and local MINI and Mini clubs.  The company organized three major coast-to-coast rally events with MINI Takes the States 2006, 2008, and 2010 with the fourth edition taking place this Summer.

The MINI community has had its ups and downs over the past ten years.  Some people question the past choices and direction that MINI is going, but there is no denying the huge impact that this car and brand has had on the lives of its fans.  MINI USA and MINI Canada seem poised to have another successful ten years ahead.

To celebrate, MINI USA listed all 400,000+ owners’ names on Facebook.  Go there and find and tag your name.