A total of 11 Bowler 90s will be gunning it along the loose gravel stages around Aldershot, Farnborough and Farnham. Just a stone’s throw from the fringes of London, on a clear day competitors can even catch a glimpse of Canary Wharf from one of the stages.
Not that it’s likely to be clear this Saturday! Heavy rain, forecast for the morning, will keep the drivers on their toes, sort the pros from the wannabes and increase the potential for some dramatic mishaps…
Re-enacting the competitive atmosphere of Trackrod Rally back in September, the Defender Challenge drivers will be keeping a watchful eye on the Armed Forces Rally Team’s pack of six 300Tdi Wolf 90s. You’d expect them to be no match for the 185bhp TDCi Defenders, but with experienced AFRT drivers at the wheel they’re sure to give the Defender Challenge entrants a run for their money.
Last year's champion Edd Cobley will be working hard to secure his lead, keeping a watchful eye on Gareth Carruthers, who could theoretically still this year's overall victory if Cobley hits trouble this weekend and at Borders Hillrally on Nov 21-22. The pressure's on...
Two-wheel-drive entrants currently number 67, driving anything from MG ZRs to a Hillman Avenger. Representing the 4WD contingent alongside the Bowler and Wolf 90s will be the usual clutch of Subaru Imprezas and Mitsubishi Evos, with a Ford Fiesta R5 thrown in for good measure.
Spectators are welcome. The event will centre around Rushmoor Arena, where the rally HQ marquee will be found in the service area. Head there for scrutineering on Friday afternoon / early Saturday morning, and for results updates during the event. For more information, visit the Tempest Rally Website.
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