Andrew Warren wins first ever Targa Bambina for cousin Cortney Lake

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 July 3rd, 2017

Andrew Warren and George Gouzvaris of Marystown are the very first ever overall winner of the Targa NL Bambina event.

Warren competed in memory of his cousin Cortney Lake, whose disappearance last of a homicide investigation in the St. John’s region.

He placed decals of her photo on his 1990 Ford Mustang Cobra as a tribute to the 24-year-old.

“It was a difficult day, and a difficult weekend for sure,” he said after the big win. “It definitely feels good to win, especially in her memory. That’s what meant the world to me.”

Warren and Gouzvaris beat the second place competitors by one second to take the title.

When asked how their experience was this weekend, Warren was quick to respond.

“Absolutely great event, I thought it was wicked,” he explained. “I can’t wait for it to grow.”

Part of their prize includes free registration to the Targa NL event this September. Warren said he’s going to try and compete, and Gouzvaris said he’s on board if they do.

“At the end of the day, this wasn’t about the win,” he said. “This was special for her.”

Photo: Andrew Warren poses with his 1990 Ford Mustang Cobra and his trophies from the Targa Bambina event in Burin this past weekend.

Melissa Jenkins

Media Relations Coordinator, Targa Newfoundland

cell: 709-743-4837


Targa Bambina concludes with large number of spectators on final stages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 July 3rd, 2017

Targa Bambina concluded this afternoon with dozens of participants, including drivers and volunteers, finishing the competition in Parker’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula, and hundreds of observers viewing the event in the community.

Today’s competition saw the drivers and navigators take on the stages in both Rushoon and Parker’s Cove.

We did have a vehicle off in the final stage of today’s event, but the occupants are ok.

Andrew Warren and George Gouzvaris of Marystown took home the overall title (see separate news release for the details), giving them the opportunity to compete at the major Targa NL event September 10th through 15th.

The event’s complete results are as follows:

2-Wheel Drive Classic category

  1. Andrew Warren and George Gouvaris 1990 Ford Mustang Cobra
  2. Mike Mercer and Corey Prosser 1992 Mazda Miata
  3. Lee Hayward and Mike Hayward 1993 Honda Civic Hatchback

All-Wheel Drive Classic category

  1. Dave Robinson and Tobias Bourdeau 1990 Toyota Celica All-Trac

2-Wheel Drive Modern category

  1. Justin Soo and Mitchell Ryall 2007 Chevy Corvette
  2. Danny Alyward and Jeff Gorich 2015 Chevy Camaro
  3. Dan Joannis and Brad Warren 2006 VW Jetta 2.5

All-Wheel Drive Modern category

  1. Josh Collins and Matt Collins 2002 Subaru WRX
  2. Len Pike and Clark Hancock 2012 Subaru STI
  3. Gordon Maxwell and Wayne Lorenzen 2012 Mitsubishi Evo MR Touring

The Sportsmanship Award for the non-competitive Fast Tour division went to Nancy Levo and John Robinson from Nova Scotia.

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Melissa Jenkins

Media Relations Coordinator, Targa Newfoundland

cell: 709-743-4837