The fourth round of the Defender Challenge is a bit different to the stage rallies entered so far. This will be the first time the hotly-contested Defender challenge has entered a Hill Rally. The two-day competition, covering 104 stage miles, will truly test the teams’ endurance and driving skills.
Instead of battling against more conventional road and rally cars, the Defenders will be head-to-head with all manner of other off-road 4x4s, including to purpose-built Comp Safari-style motors. This purely off-road event means that vehicles don’t need to be road legal, so expect to see some extreme machines fighting it out.
Edd Cobley and Allan Jackson have helped build up a commanding lead for Team Harford’s Defender, but this time out, two Jaguar Land Rover development engineers will be taking the wheel. Dave Harlow and Lyn Owen both have experience of rallying and racing and it remains to be seen who will lead the Championship at the end of this weekend’s action, as Edd Cobley will be teaming up with Kevin Handley for this event.
Expect Race2Recovery to be at the sharp end, with Dakar veteran Ben Gott driving, and Stephanie Boddez (who finished 2nd last time out, on the Dukeries Rally) co-driving.
There’s also the possibility that Drew Bowler himself may also take the wheel of one of the 90s. If anyone should know how to get the very best from a Bowler Challenge Defender, it ought to be him!
For more information about the Welsh Hill Rally, 2014 Defender Challenge championship.