The Bowler Factory team is en route to Teruel in northeast Spain for this weekend’s (20-22 July) Baja Aragón rally event, providing race support for two Bowler Bulldog customers as they line up for the start alongside more than 230 other competitors looking forward to taking part in the longest-running European cross country rally event.
The 35th running of this event boasts the largest entry in recent years, with the two Bowler Bulldogs featuring in the Open Class which runs alongside the FIA class in this seventh round of the 2018 World Cup for Cross Country Rallies.
A Friday afternoon 13km prologue will be followed by two stages on Saturday and one on Sunday, running through 800kms of the region’s tracks, roads and undulating, dusty and stony terrain in the searing heat. As in every year however, the exact route of the Baja Aragón remains a secret for both crews and fans until the start of the race on Friday evening, when the driver and co-driver pairings receive the roadbook during the administrative checks.
The HQ of the entire event is the Exhibition and Congress Palace in the city of Teruel, where the race office, paddock, service park and park fermé are located, so competitors return to this areas for the start and finish of each stage.
Director of Bowler, Richard Hayward, is one of Bowler’s supported drivers, racing in his new striking green Mono-turbo V6 diesel powered Bulldog. At 67 years young, this age defying man is no stranger to extreme off road rally racing, with experience spanning almost two decades in some of the world’s most legendary rally race events including the Dakar.
Andrew Chester, Bowler’s Racing Manager commented, “This is the first FIA event Bowler has been involved in for a number of years and we’re looking forward to supporting our Bulldog customers and being a part of the impressive entry list. Our races so far this year have been in desert and sand dune environments, more akin to traditional Rally Raid races, so Baja Aragón is a bit different, running across hundreds of kilometres of dusty and stony tracks across the undulating Aragon region farmland terrain. Navigation is not as critical here as it is on the vast plains in Morocco for example, but as the routes are not released until Friday afternoon, the drivers and their co-drivers/navigators will have to quickly take in the information just ahead of starting the prologue route that afternoon. There is a short service interval on Saturday in between stages and, on Sunday, the final stage runs in the morning with the first car due in around 14.40.
“Both of our supported Bowler Bulldog drivers are looking to use this race mainly as a training event, as they aim to build on previous experience and get more time behind the wheel in different terrains and conditions as they progress on their road to Dakar.”
The race-winning Bulldog, Bowler’s most recent model, was developed in 2016 initially as a prototype and test vehicle for the company’s Cross Sector Platform (CSP) – a patented and next-generation rolling chassis which can be utilised for a diverse range of road, race and all-terrain vehicle applications including emergency response, security and protection, sport and recreation, land and estates management, humanitarian, filming, utility, exploration and more. Since, the Bulldog’s impressive performance, style and rigour has earned it international appeal and interest from both race and road car buyers worldwide.
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