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Marystown’s Andrew Warren wins first ever Targa Bambina in cousin Cortney Lake’s memory

Published on July 4, 2017

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

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BURIN PENINSULA, NL – Andrew Warren and George Gouzvaris of Marystown were crowned the first ever overall winners of the Targa NL Bambina.

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

Warren 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 in a news release. “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 said, “Absolutely great event, I thought it was wicked. I can’t wait for it to grow.”

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

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

Targa Bambina concluded Monday afternoon with dozens of participants,
including drivers and volunteers, finishing the competition in Parker’s
Cove, and hundreds of observers viewing the event in the community. The three-day event took place entirely on the Burin Peninsula.

The event’s results were 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.