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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 Canada team out of the Targa Newfoundland

MINI Canada Targa Newfoundland Team 2011

Jim Kenzie and MINI Canada Team Octane have withdrawn from the Targa Newfoundland on just the second day due to electrical problems.  Here’s the report from driver Jim Kenzie’s blog:

Targa Newfoundland 2011: it’s a big – 30 – for us…

I’m not sure where the expression ‘- 30 -‘ comes from, but it’s the traditional newspaper way of saying ‘this story is over.’

And when it comes to Targa Newfoundland 2011, our story is over.

We’re done.

Despite heroic efforts on the part of our crew, we just couldn’t solve the electronic gremlins that afflicted our little car.

Fellow competitor Andrew Comrie-Picard commented that this was the first time our team had ever had a ‘mechanical’ at Targa.

He’s right – in nine events, with three different MINIs, they’ve always been as reliable as a brick through a plate glass window.

Sure, we had a couple of flat tires in Year Two (2003), and I threw the car into the woods at 160 km/h in Year Seven (2008). But neither of them was the car’s fault.

The worst issue we ever had was one year – maybe Year Three, 2004? – when our tire pressure warning system was giving us ‘false negatives’ – saying we had low tire pressure when in fact we didn’t.

No biggie.

The Check Engine Light and intermittent non-starting issues this year presumably were symptoms of a deeper problem. And when the electronics decided we were ‘tampering’ with the system, it turned on the security lock-out function, and we couldn’t even do any further diagnostics on it.

We had access to another John Cooper Works Edition Cooper S for parts, but the security module from that car did not fit our car. The MINI Challenge car is a very special unit…

At least, that’s the best explanation for which I have the technical competence to deliver.

I’m sure when the car returns home and a full examination is done we’ll discover the problem. But in a parking lot in Gander Newfoundland in the rain at 3 a..m. – well, there’s only so much you can do.

Much thanks from me (second from the right) to our crew – from left to right, Alain Lauziere, Crew Chief; Brian Bourbonniere, co-driver; Kevin Abe, support/technician.

We’re off now to watch the Gander town stage which is always a hoot – to drive anyway.

The MINI always looked good through there, or so people always told me.

It’ll be bittersweet to watch others do it.

I’ll be flying home tomorrow, so this will be my last on-site blog posting, although I will be returning Saturday for the Gala Awards Banquet.

Won’t be taking any hardware home from this one, so I’ll show you again what we reaped last year…

The rally runs until September 17th and there are still a couple MINIs running in the Modern class.  You can follow each day’s results on the Targa Newfoundland Results webpage.

MINI returns for the 10th annual Targa Newfoundland

MINI for the Targa Newfoundland 2011

We have long followed the success of Jim Kenzie who brought MINI back to rallying long before the new MINI WRC Team.  He is back with MINI for the 10th annual Targa Newfoundland which will run from September 10-17, 2011.  Kenzie does not drive a MINI Countryman like the WRC team; he drives a rally-prepared version of the MINI CHALLENGE John Cooper Works (R56).

From the Team Octane press release:

History, tradition, speed part of MINI winning legacy at Targa Newfoundland!

 ST. JOHN’S  (September 5, 2011) – A little history, a strong tradition and a big helping of speed will help MINI Canada build on its winning record when a spectacular red MINI Cooper Works Challenge car pulls up to the start of the 10th annual Targa Newfoundland international rally here.

It will be the ninth start for a MINI Canada entry in the event, a record no other manufacturer can touch. And if driver Jim Kenzie and co-driver Brian Bourbonniere can pull off a fourth victory in the tough Open Division competition, it will be the best performance by far for any manufacturer in the event’s 10-year history.

Kenzie, of Milton, Ontario, and Bourbonniere, of Lawrencetown, N.S., are back to defend the Division title after a win in 2010. They already have three wins, a second and a third in Canada’s longest and toughest motorsport event. Kenzie is one of just a handful of competitors who have contested every Targa Newfoundland for the past 10 years.

The team’s history at Targa includes the first win for MINI in an international rally since its re-introduction in 2002, and the brand’s long association with the sport going back to victory in the Monte Carlo rally in the 1960s has made the popular MINI a fan favourite as well as a regular contender in Newfoundland. And with the company committed to a campaign in the World Rally Championship beginning next year, the strong, fast and nimble cars are closely associated with a sport that tests durability and reliability as well as outright speed.

The team will be managed by 2007 and 2009 Canadian Touring Car Champion – Team Octane. The Targa team is supported by Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. Team Octane is supported by GENUINE MINI PARTS, Castrol, Simone Performance Imports, Carrosserie Touchette, Lettrage Raoul and revolutionmini.com.

The MINI Challenge car is a purpose-built competition car, created by the company as the basis of a one-marque road race series in places like the U.K., Australia and continental Europe. Race suspension, improved brakes, an on-board air-jack system and dazzling aerodynamic kit including front splitter, rear diffuser, and high-downforce adjustable rear wing make the little red rocket a serious contender.

“The MINI and the team delight fans everywhere they go. Jim and Brian have made friends and fans all across the province, and they continue to post results that are the envy of every team here,” enthuses Targa organizer Robert Giannou. “They are terrific ambassadors for MINI and we’re delighted to have them back.”

Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 10th annual Targa Newfoundland will start in St. John’s on Saturday, September 10, 2011, and end back in the capital Saturday, September 17. The competition will cover more than 2,000 kilometres of the challenging, twisty roads of the central and eastern portion of Newfoundland, including up to 450 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.

We’ll be following the rally and reporting on Team Octane’s progress.

MINI wins Targa Newfoundland 2010


A MINI has again won Targa Newfoundland.  Driver Jim Kenzie and navigator Brian Bourbonniere won the Targa Open class in the MINI CHALLENGE car No. 807.

From Jim Kenzie’s website:

What can I say – WE WON!

The Open Division, I mean.

But this afternoon was quite the roller-coaster ride.

At the start of Day Five, it turns out we had a substantial if not insurmountable lead over Roy Hopkins and Adrienne Hughes in the Dodge Dart Demon for the Open Division championship.

They had slid off the road on Day Three, banging the car up quite a bit, but they were determined to get their finishers’ medal.

So all we basically had to do was keep our Mini on the island, and we’d be good.

Unfortunately that didn’t happen and the no. 807 MINI had a breakdown near the end of the final stage.  After checking the rules and doing some calculations, the MINI team of Kenzie and Bourbonniere were declared the Targa Open class champions.

Read a first-person account at Jim Kenzie’s blog The Driver’s Seat.

You can also see the rally results on the Targa Newfoundland website.

MINI back for the Targa Newfoundland today

Brian Bourbonniere and Jim Kenzie

Brian Bourbonniere (left) and Jim Kenzie (right)

GRAND-AM racing and the future WRC entry aren’t the only places MINI is, or will be, racing.  Today is the beginning stage of the Targa Newfoundland 2010, a rally on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.

MINI driver and past Targa Newfoundland winner Jim Kenzie is back this year with navigator Brian Bourbonniere.  They will be driving the MINI CHALLENGE car No. 807 in the Targa Open class.  From Jim Kenzie’s article at thestar.com:

I’ll be back in the Mini Challenge race car we ran last year, after I rolled my former (two-time Open Division champion!) Mini Cooper S JCW into a tight little ball in 2008.

The race car’s suspension, designed for smooth, flat-track road racing circuits, proved to be too firm for the rough roads typical of Newfoundland rallying.

MINI Canada is supplying the car this year.

MINIs are also running in other classes including Targa Modern and Grand Touring.

Follow Jim Kenzie’s blog The Driver’s Seat.

You can also follow the rally on the Targa Newfoundland website.