Rallye Reykjavik comprises long competitive stages, totaling 174 miles over the sweeping mountainous gravel tracks in the south west of Iceland.
The Tdi-powered Wolf 90s put in storming performances, with members of the UK Armed Forces Rally Team at the wheel. Leader of their pack was Maj Alan Paramore who finished in fifth position overall, his time being remarkably close to the four Subaru Imprezas which led the field.
Defender Challenge developments
Also on stage were three Bowler 90s, on a recce mission to assess whether the rally could be appropriate for the 2016 Defender Challenge series. The verdict? Yes.
A new Defender Challenge class will emerge next year using supercharged V6 Defender 110s, which Bowler anticipates will be better suited to the long, fast gravel stages of Rally Reykjavik. According to FIA rules, the V6s will be ineligible for stage rallies in the UK, where they will compete in the gnarlier hillrallies instead.
Fortunately, that exclusion does not apply to for Rally Reykjavik, where the V6s will get an opportunity to stretch their legs at next year’s event.
The stage is set for more Icelandic Defender action…