Over the moon to be taking on the World! – Press release

Day 1, Stage 1 - this is as clean as it gets! - Photo M&J Brinkman

Clean and tidy at the Scottish Hillrally (Photo: M&J Brinkman)

For immediate release
Sunday, August 12th, 2007 

Middleton Stoney based Friesian Racing are set to enter the Baja GB this weekend.  Fresh from their success on the recent Scottish Perthshire Hillrally, the team will be competing in their distinctive ‘cow’ liveried Land Rover Discovery, known affectionately as MuddyMoo! 

17,18,19th August 2007 sees the second running of the Baja GB and the first time that it has been included in the FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas.  The event has drawn significant interest from international competitors, teams from 14 different countries line up for the start, including numerous veterans of the famous Dakar Rally. Entrants from Russia, Italy, Belgium and the Middle East are expected to make the running

Driver Henry Webster (Middleton Stoney) and co-driver Sarah Suter (Chepstow) are currently leading the Super Production class of the Matador National Hillrally Championship in their bid to hold on to their title for a third year in succession.  Last year the pair helped out with the organisation of the BajaGB in its inaugural year.  Sarah Suter is daughter of Chris Tomley, chair of the organising committee for the event and Henry has been involved behind the scenes with the British Off Road Championship for the last seven years.  This year they are spearheading the UK assault on the event.

“We are over the moon to be joining the international entries on the list for the UKs most important off road event, but we couldn’t have made it without the support of Allmakes 4×4!” said Henry Webster.

Friesian Racing have secured the support of local firm, Abingdon based Allmakes 4×4 for the 2007 season.  The Allmakes Group specialise in the supply of high quality Land Rover parts and accessories.

“Allmakes commitment to quality parts will mean that we have the best chance of staying reliable in this endurance event.  With the help of Allmakes spares we were able to finish the notoriously tough Scottish Perthshire Hillrally in July with no real mechanical problems.” said Henry. 

The Baja GB comprises some of the longest competitive stages ever held in the UK.  On occasions the Friesian Racing crew will be driving on competitive sections for in excess of 60km. A true endurance event, at 625 kilometres the route for the BajaGB is almost twice the length that the Friesian Racing crew are used to on the National Hillrally series events and as such the event is a useful stepping stone to major international rally raids such as the Dakar Rally. 

The BajaGB also welcomes bike and quad competitors, unusually allowing two and four wheel competitors to compare themselves to each other.

Getting crossed up at Lochelbank - Photo M&J Brinkman
Getting crossed up at the Scottish Hillrally (Photo: M&J Brinkman)

Editors notes: 

Cross Country Bajas:  The first Bajas were run in the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico in the late sixties.  These gruelling off road races were the highlight of the American off road calendar and one of the toughest international events.  The American Bajas are still run annually in the autumn.  More recently the term Baja has been used in Europe and Africa to describe tough, but compact off road endurance rallies (also often referred to as Rally Raids).  The FIA International Cup for Cross Country Bajas includes rounds in Italy, Spain, Portugal and now the UK.  

BajaGB: The event will start at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells on Friday, August 17th. Cars will then tackle a 10.00km timed super special stage in nearby Radnor Forest from 16.38hrs.

Entrants will be held in an overnight parc ferme in Builth Wells, before the action switches to the forests of mid-Wales on Saturday and Sunday. Two runs through a 60.97km Sweet Lamb and 54.64 Tarenig special are planned for cars on Saturday, with bike and quad entrants tackling their own similar event schedule. Servicing will be centralised over the weekend at Sweet Lamb. Sunday, August 19th features two runs through the Sweet Lamb section for cars and one pass through the Tarenig stage. Bikes and quads will again tackle their own event schedule. After a final regrouping in Builth Wells, the podium finish for cars will take place from 15.56hrs.In a compact route of 625.82km, Baja GB officials have laid on 413.02 competitive kilometres for the international car field. This year’s Baja GB has the full backing of the Welsh Assembly Motorsport Initiative, the Forestry Commission Wales and the Motor Sports Association (MSA). More details from BajaWales.com 

Friesian Racing:  We are a small enthusiastic motor sport team, who compete various UK off road racing events on a tight budget, but with a professional outlook. The unusual team name comes from the cow coloured liveries that team’s car sports in its racing campaign.  Initially this was just chosen as a cheap way to cover up bad paint finish, but it has proven such a hit with the team and our fans, that it is now a permanent fixture and has become the team motif!   The core of the team comprises Henry Webster – Team principal and driver, Sarah Suter – Co-driver and MuddyMoo their faithful rallying Discovery. 

Friesian Racing will be competing in the National section of the Baja GB in 2007 and currently lead the Super Production class of the Matador National Hillrally Championship. 

All the latest news from the Friesian Racing herd can be found at FriesianRacing.co.uk

Allmakes 4×4:  Based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, The Allmakes Group specialise in the supply of high quality Land Rover parts and accessories, and we’re thrilled to have them as part of the Friesian Racing herd!  In fact we couldn’t do it without them.  Allmakes are helping us launch our biggest attack yet on the UK off road scene, including an attempt on the Baja GB in August.  More details from LRParts.co.uk                                  

Photos:  Friesian Racing at the Perthshire Scottish Hillrally – Please credit M&J Brinkman

For more great photos from this or other major off road events – try Off Road Photography

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