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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































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Defender Challenge: Race2Recovery take top step on Defender Challenge RD2





Rally fans were treated to racing featuring one of the country’s most iconic vehicles this weekend as the "Defender Challenge by Bowler" visited the UK´s Somerset Stages rally.

Seven drivers were behind the wheel of their Bowler-modified Land Rover Defender vehicles for Round 2 of the series, which aims to provide a pathway for teams who aspire to compete in the toughest races in the world. Tony Harris and his co-driver Richard Mitchell ended the day victorious after battling through the tough forest-based course of the Somerset Stages rally.

The 132 mile route saw teams race from Minehead through the woodlands of Exmoor National Park. Across 12 stages the drivers were able to put their cars to the test, including tarmac and loose gravel forest stages.

Spectators watching along the course were treated to all the thrills of rallying and were able to watch the popular Race2Recovery team compete in their first race of the Defender Challenge by Bowler series.

As the world’s only disabled rally team, Race2Recovery was originally set up to enable injured soldiers with their rehabilitation and to inspire other people who may be ill or injured. The team went on to become the first ever disabled team to compete in, and complete, the Dakar rally and their entry into this new race series has been made possible by their long-term sponsor, Land Rover.

Speaking at the finish line, Race2Recovery’s Tony Harris said: "It’s been a great day, I’m absolutely delighted with our first outing and to come home in first place; it was the perfect start to our Defender Challenge campaign. Rich’s co-driving has been good, and he’s picked up a few learning points."

"The tarmac stage was interesting and was a first for me in the Defender. Our vehicle has been handling superbly, especially on the gravel and forest tracks. It’s slippy, but not too slippy and there’s been some long stretches to get up into sixth gear."

"The forest stages are very similar to stages on the Dakar. While these are much shorter, this is the perfect platform to build up confidence, not just for the drivers but offers good practice to the navigators. It’s a great introduction for the co-drivers to learn to read the pace notes/road book which is vital to Dakar."

Matt Mills, who joined the Defender Challenge for Round 2, commented on his maiden rally: "I am here to simply enjoy myself and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I would like to progress and am hoping to do some international rally raids in the future. I learnt to drive in a Defender and have owned many over the years; it’s nice to take the Defender to the next level. I have learned a lot this morning and am really enjoying it."

Speaking at the service centre, Drew Bowler, Managing Director of Bowler Motorsport, said: "The series is working really well in that the competitors who were with us at Round 1 are already building their confidence. They’re self-sufficient, they’re not so nervous, and they’ve sorted their own administration."

"It is absolutely what the Defender Challenge is about; they’re building their confidence out on stage too and there’s a good competitive edge coming in – these are customers who wanted to be in motorsport but weren’t sure how to go about it, so to see these results so early on is fantastic."

Across the remaining five rounds, competitors will face a demanding blend of hill rallies and stage rallies spread across South Wales, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Dorset, before the final round takes place in Scotland in mid-November. Entrants will also have the option of competing in additional rallies in Europe and North Africa alongside the Bowler Works team.

More teams are set to be added ahead of the third race of the series, with a total of up to 15 cars due to compete in this year’s series. Each team must take part in a minimum of five of the seven rounds, with their top five placings counting towards the final standings. More informations can be found at [ BOWLERMOTORSPORT.COM ]

Defender Challenge by Bowler results from Round 2

01) Harris,Tony / Mitchell, Richard I 00:59:44
02) Taft, Damien / Taft, Simon I 01:00:10
03) Harford, Robert / Harford, Jonathan I 01:01:39
04) Mills, Matt / Chester, Jon I 01:06:07
05) Armstrong, Simon / Morrow, Aynslie I 01:06:56
06) Hayward, Richard / Lister, Matthew I 01:07:10
07) Richards, Stephen / Handley, Kevin I 01:08:46

Defender Challenge by Bowler race schedule

2 March - Mid Wales Stages, Newtown, Wales
12 April - Somerset Stages, Minehead, Somerset
7 June - Dukeries Rally Southwell, Nottinghamshire
19/20 July - Welsh Hill Rally Walters Arena, Swansea
30 August - Woodpecker Stages Ludlow, Shropshire
24/25 October - Rally Sunseeker Poole, Dorset
22/23 November - Borders Hill Rally Dumfries, Scotland

2014/04/14 | 13:40 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/KIM PALMER











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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