• Zach Bowman and Brandon Fitch at the 2011 Targa Newfoundland with Flyin' Miata.

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  • 1986 Toyota Corolla piloted by Mike Hiscott and Richard Atkinson in the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

  • 2012 Fiat 500 piloted by Stephen Dudley and Thomas Dudley in the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

  • 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback piloted by Chip Brunner and Adrienne Hughesin the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

  • Ferrari Enzo in the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

  • 2007 Porsche GT3rs piloted by Tom Collingwood and Ashley Hollet in the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

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  • 1964 Ford Falcon piloted by Bill Shannahan and Murray Smith in the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

  • 1994 Mazda Miata V8 Roadster piloted by Keith and Janel Tanner in the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

  • Flyin Miata in the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

  • Flyin' Miata supercharged NC MX-5 with the V8 Roadster, Ferrari Enzo, Maserati MC-12 and a Ferrari F430 Spyder

  • Flyin' Miata at the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

  • Flyin' Miata at the 2011 Targa Newfoundland.

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  • Flyin' Miata at the 2011 Targa Newfoundland

  • Soldier On Sans Limits Acura TL at the 2011 Targa Newfoundland practice on Bell Island.

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  • Ferrari Enzo crashes into the ocean

It's a good day to be in the Flyin' Miata camp. As of the conclusion of Day 3 of competition, both the Targa Miata and the Supercharged 2006 MX-5 hold the top position in their respective classes. While Keith and Janel Tanner have managed to sling their 430-horsepower machine through Wednesday's nine stages to take the top slot, Brandon Fitch and I overcame a few small obstacles to zero all of our times through the day. Despite my fat-fingering the egg-timers ahead of the incredibly technical Greenspond stage, we came in just two-seconds outside of dead zero and well within our plus or minus nine-second window.

I also received a front-row showing of Fitch's driving prowess after the car stalled at the start of the third-to-last stage. In a desperate push to make up lost time, the Flyin' Miata engineer pushed the 240-horse Miata to 128 kph through a series of undulating turns. That figure is just two kph shy of our maximum allowable speed. Crossing that barrier brings all sorts of unsavory penalties.

Thursday will bring forth a whole new set of challenges as our window narrows to plus or minus five seconds. While we used today to train ourselves to arrive at the flying finish well within our final day tolerances, fatigue is beginning to set in on both Brandon and I, greatly increasing the chance of a careless error that could cost us our lead. Regardless of how we wrap up on Friday, the fact that we can say that we tied for first across the first three days of the 2011 Targa Newfoundland is a story I'll be blathering at cocktail parties for years.

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