Bowler once again supported the second round of the BXCC competing with two of our Defender Challenge cars, but this time with a twist as we welcomed Martin Domoney from LRO Magazine as the pilot in Car 25 and the sibling paring of Holly and Jack Wicklow in Car 9. This was a great opportunity for LRO to get up close and personal with the Bowler team and to see our capability to enable drivers to fulfil their ambitions, whether that be in national off road events or right through to international rally raid and Dakar. The Team Wicklow pairing were also keen to gain valuable experience in all terrains to further their skills when racing with their father in his rally raid Bowler Bulldog. The Defender Challenge Car provides the perfect basis to start in the sport, coupled with the experience of the Bowler team in both preparing and servicing the car throughout the event. We also provide expert navigator support and tuition so that our customers can really get the most from every event and progress to achieve their racing dreams. Forrest Estate, as always, presents some extreme off road challenges and after an initial pep talk for Martin he took to the course and the car really well. The torque from the Bowler tuned diesel engine really helped, especially on some of the climbs enabling Martin to progress up the National B leader board. Whilst Martin had had only limited race experience before, he quickly grew in confidence which was underpinned by the specially developed suspension package for the car; “The car was so stable at speed, it really helped me to understand how fast you can really make a Defender go.” In the Team Wicklow car, Holly piloted for the first day posting ever quicker times on the changing course.
At the close of day one martin had progressed into the top three of the National B event, showing what a great package the Defender Challenge car is. The evening saw the opportunity for Martin to witness the efforts of the highly experienced service crew, although clearly with his smooth driving style and the tough build of the car the team were able to have an early evening and enjoy some traditional Scottish fair!
Day two saw an unchanged five mile course and a target of a further five laps to achieve a finish. With the course now fully bedded in it was clear that stepping off the racing line could have serious consequences, which Martin experienced first hand when pulling the car a little too wide into a fast sweeping left hander and straying onto the loose surface, causing him to really put into practice the experience he had gained the day before. The pitfalls of getting it wrong were further underlined when sadly Jack Wicklow piloting for the second day strayed too far onto the loose gravel in a corner and rolled the car twice landing back on its wheels. This was a testament to the construction of the Defender Challenge car with the superb bespoke internal roll cage protecting both Jack and Holly from any serious harm. With Martin left to fly the Bowler flag he bought the number 25 Car home in a highly creditable fourth overall and first in class in the National B category. Look out for the full perspective from LRO in the September issue.
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