The Spanish Team Cayro showed that in off-road racing, power is nothing without control. Using a Land Rover Defender 200 Tdi, with its original engine but fitted with Ashcroft axles, they managed to win the eighth edition of Rainforest Murça, held in Northern Portugal between Vimioso and Murça, against contenders who had as much as, in one case, 500 bhp engines.
This was the longest and, therefore, the toughest ever Trial event held in Portugal. As in the original Rainforest Challenge of Malasya, the teams had to carry with them all the material and tools to take on the event. That’s a small detail that makes all the difference because, limited load space means few spare parts, so facing the challenge with extreme caution is vital to prevent breaking the machine.
This year, 21 teams from Portugal, Spain and France, attempted this tortuous trial of 50 special stages. Land Rover was very well represented, taking the victory in the hands of Cayro team. A TomCat – Range Rover-based, with a Defender TD5 engine took third place. The strange Range Rover from Fuerteventura, collected sixth; the almost original (except for the front end) Defender from Estrada Real was eighth; followed by a Santana Special Vehicle with a Range Rover chassis. Favos Moveis/K2/Herrero Defender Td5 finished in 12th position, but took home the team spirit award.
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