Based at Sweet Lamb Motorsport Complex, the competitors will be piloting their modified 90s through the dramatic and remote forests of Myherin and Hafren in Powys.
Edd Cobley and John Tomley will be looking to extend their leads in the driver’s and co-driver’s standings, established with victory in Round 1 at the Somerset Stages Rally two weeks ago. This time they’ll be driving Cobley’s own red 90, sponsored by Sturgess Motor Group of Leicester.
Bas van Driel and Frank Keijsers make their Defender Challenge debut in Wales, and another new entry is backed by Land Rover dealer Lookers. That’ll be campaigned by multiple hillrally champion Gareth Carruthers and Wallace McKay, who gave Edd and John a run for their money in Somerset. In familiar hillrally territory, we’re expecting them to go very well.
Series newcomer Ann McCandlish is co-driving for former Caterham racer Brian Palmer, who made a great impression on his Defender Challenge debut in Somerset. Leon Vanhaesbrouck takes the second seat in Christian Femont’s 90. And, having co-driven in Somerset, David Harlow steps up to the driver’s seat of The Defenderists’ 90, navigated by Sara Smith. Experienced rally driver Quin Evans co-drives for Dan Trent in the Land Rover Media 90.
Bowler Motorsport will also be testing new Cooper tyres on the Welsh Hillrally, replacing the single set of Kumho tyres used throughout 2014.
Diana Tigwell, well-known for her hosting skills in the main arena at LRO’s Peterborough show, will be interviewing competitors and providing commentary, on stage and using a roving microphone.
BajaGB event HQ is based in the Sweet Lamb Rally Complex near Llangurig. Due to the sheer size of the competitive area, this particular event isn’t as suitable for spectators as some others. You are, however, able to attend if you wish. There will be catering at the service area. For more information visit the Welsh Hillrally website.
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