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ChammyMoo surfs to complete superb first event at Abingdon Car-nival – Press Release

Imp in the damp
As well as looking for the Brake pedal, Nigel appears to be lost!     Photo: Darren Rungasamy of www.reallyloud.co.uk

With their Singer Chamois (ChammyMoo) historic rally car build complete after a long seven months in the garage, Nigel Webster, FriesianRacing’s founder Henry’s dad in the drivers seat and Henry unusually in the navigator seat the crew set off for the Abingdon Car-nival.

In recent years the FriesianRacing representation at the Abingdon event has been with Andrew and Joel in their Peugeot, but a very wet Sunday 12th June saw the debut of Nigel and the Historic Singer Chamois rally car.

After months of work involving every part of the car and all its systems the 43 year old badge engineered Hillman Imp was taken to Abingdon Car-nival Stages rally to give it a shakedown before going into the Welsh forests and tarmac of Epynt! The driver, considerably older than the car, last competed in off-road motorsport in the 80’s, was very rusty. The Chamois (or “Shammy Moo”), who wasn’t rusty, performed faultlessly throughout what must have been the wettest day of the year. She shipped a wee bit of water inside, Henry said “all rally cars do that”, the gear lever knob came loose and the wind caught the lightweight GRP bonnet (boot lid in the case of the Chamois!) and damaged the hinge mount. The very minor issues were quickly solved by ‘safe hands’ Andrew who did his usual thing of scouting round the service van for the most unlikely of things to effect a ‘jury rig’ repair. Andrew was supported as usual by Sue plus Geoff and Linda Taylor. Geoff is currently lying 12th in the British Historic Rally Championship with his Imp.

Imp leads Mini

We would like to think we had just passed Mini expert Trevor Hancock but that wouldn’t be true! Photo: Darren Rungasamy of http://www.reallyloud.co.uk

Excellent grip from the Dunlop Motorsport historic tyres and rear engine/rear wheel drive didn’t prevent a tentative driver from braking too early and losing valuable time. In the fast technical bits around the buildings and containers of Dalton Barracks, Abingdon, the Chamois was very quick and up with the much more powerful ‘moderns’. It was the acceleration out of the corners, straight line speed and early application of brakes that meant that we did make much progress up the field – although having given away 300cc to the next lowest capacity car we did well not to come last by finishing 47th out of 100 and 7th in class. Not bad for first time out, the oldest car, smallest engine and (nearly) the oldest driver on his stage rally debut!

The Singer Chamois historic rally car has been built to compete in the British Historic Rally Championship in 2012 http://www.hrcr.co.uk/MSA_BHRC_Championship_2011/

We plan to compete in Class B1 (up to 1000cc for cars built prior to 31/12/1967). The car can only use those modifications that were homologated at the time (ie: no electronic ignition, ’period’ brakes etc) and only those engine and transmission modifications used in the 60’s.

Shammy Moo is now hoping to go to the Neath Valley Stages in August
http://www.threecountiescarclub.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25&Itemid=3

Frustrating times for Friesian Racing at the Scottish Borders Hillrally – Press Release

Witney based off road rally team Friesian Racing were thwarted early on in the recent Scottish Borders Hillrally.

“We’d set our hopes on a top 5 finish, despite the excellent entry! The event has been sold out since August and we were up against some of the best in the UK.” Said driver Henry Webster (Long Hanborough).

Not much more than a mile from the start of the event the crew were already in trouble. Stopping to help recover a stricken fellow competitor from the first water splash, Henry reversed into a rock picking up a puncture. Stopping to change the tyres cost the crew a considerable amount of time and any hopes of a fast start had long evaporated.

Instead the crew set about clawing their way up from the back of the field. From 35th the team wound their way back to 22nd at the overnight halt, following a string of top 5 stage times notably being 4th quickest on one of the two night stages.

“We used our experience on night navigational events to good effect in the dark.  Some people don’t like the night stages, but they hold no fear for us!” Said co-driver Joel Haylock (Kenilworth).

Friesian Racing and their distinctive cow coloured Land Rover Discovery, MuddyMoo were also back into their usual position of leading production car.

Day two dawned and with the team still back in the pack, overtaking was going to be the order of the day.  Catching a car in the first stage of the day the team struck a rock hard in one of the grueling off road quarry sections.

“We got past the car but had developed a vibration, it was quite bad a 50 mph, but cleared up again at about 75!” exclaimed Henry.

At the next service point all was revealed – a gaping hole in the transfer gearbox was diagnosed.

“That was it game over!” Said a disappointed Joel, “but we set another fast time in the second stage before we spotted the problem!  We did 12 flat out stage miles with no oil in the box. We were very lucky.”

The Borders was the first event in four years that the team have done without the support of Abingdon based Allmakes 4×4. “Its been great to have Allmakes support over the last few years, and I’d like to thank them for the backing they have given us.” said Henry.  Friesian Racing is seeking new sponsorship partners to join this dynamic team and growing sport for 2011. You can find out more about the team at FriesianRacing.co.uk

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Press Release: Shakedown success

Henry, Sarah and Muddy press on

Henry, Sarah and Muddy press on

The Allmakes 4×4 Friesian Racing team made an impressive return to competition with a 2nd place in the Clubman event at round 5 of the British Cross Country Championship in mid-Wales.

After a gap of nearly 10 months Henry Webster (Long Hanborough) and his faithful Land Rover Discovery – Muddy Moo took the challenge and faced some of the best in the country. Their impressive 2nd place also equated to 13th overall in the main championship event. No mean feat for a production car against some of the big money special vehicles that dominate the events.

The Allmakes supported team were not expecting much from the event after the long lay off, “We were really just shaking the car down before the Scottish Border’s Hillrally in November.” Says driver and team owner Henry Webster.

“Roland from ACR’s engine modifications are working really well, but unfortunately the driver is a little rusty!” joked Henry.

Following a scrappy first day when changing ground conditions challenged a driver who was low on match practice, the team were in 19th overall and 4th clubman.

Henry hooks a ditch on the tarmac section

Henry hooks a ditch on the tarmac section

With plenty of overnight rain making the conditions on day two treacherously slippery, Henry set off to improve on his day 1 position. This time Henry with co-driving husband and wife team Richard and Sarah Suter was able to find a consistent pace and put in a number of impressive times to clinch that 13 th place.

“I would have liked to make it into the top ten, but when you look at the competition that we were up against 13th is pretty impressive. We were the top production category car by miles!” exclaimed Henry.

“Despite several years away from the sport Sarah has settled straight back in and has been instrumental in getting me back up to speed!”

Henry was also quick to praise Didcot based firm Allmakes 4×4 who have been supporting him for the last 3 years. “The car was utterly reliable and much of the reason for that is the quality of the parts that we get from Allmakes 4×4.”

Muddy awaits the start

Muddy awaits the start

Press Release: Frustrating weekend for the Friesian fold

For some reason this press release didn’t make it onto the site at the end of last year – so for your enjoyment, if a little belated, here it is now!

Scottish Borders Hillrally 2009

Watersplash

FriesianRacing plough through the water - Photo: M&J Brinkman

The Allmakes 4×4 (Didcot) supported Friesian Racing herd had high hopes for the final Hillrally event of the year, following on from a dominant class win on the Scottish Perthshire event, the Scottish Borders offering had terrain better suited to Muddy Moo the team’s V8 Land Rover Discovery.
“We carry a bit more weight than some of our rivals and have a bit less power, but in amongst the fast gravel tracks we are usually able to hold our head up!” Says driver and team principal Henry Webster (Long Hanborough).
A twentieth overall and 2nd in class fell short, though, of the team’s usual high level of success.
It was a particularly frustrating event for Henry and co-driver Joel Haylock – early on stage 1 the car developed an annoying misfire, which got progressively worse in the following stages, until the car ground to a complete halt in stage 3.
“It was a real pity,” recounts Joel, “even with the misfire we were ninth quickest and first in class in the opening stage!”
Fortunately the crew were able to re-join the rally after the service, using the ‘Super-rally’ rules which allowed the crew to continue in the event, albeit with a penalty.
Muddy in the dark

Muddy in the dark! Photo: M&J Brinkman

After a clean run through the next loop of stages, the crew attacked Saturday’s final night stage, drawing on all their previous road rally experience to take advantage of the dark, unfortunately the misfire reappeared.
With high hopes that the electrical problems had been resolved, Sunday dawned bright, but with the Muddy Moo now running amongst the backmarkers, it was always going to be a steady progress as the team caught and passed slower competitors in the stages, a blowing exhaust manifold not helping progress.
Considering the problems that were endured by the team, they were happy with a 20th overall and 2nd in class.  “We had some really good competition in our group with the likes of Johnny Drysdale (Land Rover 110), Phil Bayliss (Land Rover Discovery) and Willie Stubbs (Land Rover 90), but sadly we weren’t able to challenge Johnny for the win this time.” Says Joel.
Muddy on the rocks

Muddy lifts a wheel in a rocky section

“The stages were fantastic, suiting me and the car down to the ground.  The organisation too was very smooth and a credit to the organisers, I can’t wait to be back next year.”  Says Henry.
“As ever Allmakes 4×4 have done us proud with the supply of some tremendous quality parts which have withstood a horrendous beating this weekend, if it wasn’t for our annoying electrical gremlins we would have been looking at a top ten finish which would have been a fantastic way to finish the year!”

Press Release: Muddy Moo dominates in Scotland

Scottish Perthshire Hillrally 2009

Muddy Moo tackles the gruelling Cambusbarron stage

Muddy Moo tackles the gruelling Cambusbarron stage

Witney based off-road racing team Friesian Racing dominated the production categories at the recent Scottish Perthshire Hillrally and scored one of the best ever overall placings for a production based vehicle on the gruelling moorland event with eighth overall and first Super Production car.

“The Perthshire Hillrally is one of the more extreme events on the off-road calendar.” says driver, Henry Webster (Long Hanborough, Witney)

“The open moorland stages in the Ochil Hills above Perth really favour the lighter buggies, so we are thrilled to be so far up the running order!”

Even before the event the team were in a race against time after Henry had crashed their Land Rover Discovery, “Muddy Moo” on a recent foray to the French Tout Terrain championship, where once again the team showed they had the pace to take on the best in Europe.

Some late nights and long weekends in the workshop from all the team, saw Muddy Moo back in fine shape for the Scottish Perthshire Hillrally and ready to take on the worst the terrain could throw at her!

Flat out on the gravel of Fanny Hill

Flat out on the gravel of Fanny Hill

The opening forest stage was one of the few stages where the team could expect to battle for the overall placings, as the smoother flowing nature suited the production cars better than the rough moorland sections. With no chance to play themselves in gently, Henry and co-driver Joel Haylock (Burton Green, Kenilworth) stamped their authority on the event with an eighth fastest on the opening test.

A big impact on the nearside front on the second moorland stage – Cambusbarron, led to a puncture which lost the guys nearly six minutes and dropped them out of the top ten. “The puncture was frustrating!” said Joel.

“As we were really flying up until then and the car was running really well!”

In twelfth place overnight the team had plenty of work to do on the second day. Once again they capitalised on the greater number of forest stages on this year’s event, by taking a fourth fastest and two third fastest times on the sweeping gravel and despite struggling to keep-up with the lightweight specials on the moorland stages, Henry and Joel clawed their way back to an excellent eighth overall and a dominant class win.

A bit of the Pyrenees in central Scotland?

A bit of the Pyrenees in central Scotland?

Once again Henry paid tribute to the quality of parts supplied by Abingdon based Land Rover parts wholesaler Allmakes 4×4.

“It’s always a major challenge just to get to the end of a ‘Scottish’, it’s one of the hardest events in the sport and lots of folk don’t make it! For us to do so well here, against the buggies is fantastic and it says amazing things about the quality of the components that Allmakes supply to us!”

“Our new suspension is now also beginning to work wonders – Milner Off Road’s Varidamp racing shockers have enabled us to traverse the terrain much faster than we would have previously thought possible.”

Thanks to Mo and Jo Brinkman for the excellent photos.

Press release – We are the champions – again!

Team Allmakes Friesian Racing are celebrating becoming the Super Production Champions of the Matador National Hillrally Championship for the third year in succession.

 

The team finished their year in fine style with a class win and a fastest stage time on the final stage of the recent Britpart Scottish Borders Hillrally.

 

With usual co-driver Sarah Suter unavailable for the last event of the year, driver Henry Webster swapped roles with his former driver Michael Bruce.  Henry spent seven year’s in the co-driver’s seat learning from Michael in his 1954 Series 1 Land Rover, ‘Nessie’!

 

“I’ve learnt a lot from Mike, and owe him a great deal!  But it’s definitely payback time!” said Friesian Racing’s driver Henry Webster, “This time its me behind the wheel and him bracing himself against the imaginary brake pedal!”

 

Typical November conditions of rain, wind and ice meant that the stages in the Newcastleton Forest complex which adjoins the notorious ‘Killer Kielder’ were very slippery and unpredictable.  Many competitors succumbed to the conditions and came off the road during the two day event, but the Friesian Racing duo made it to the end with little damage.

 

That is not to say the event was without incident for Henry and Michael.  A steady start on Saturday morning had them placed 19th after the first two stages, but with a target of a top ten finish in mind and the treacherous conditions to contend with as well as the prospect of two night stages, the team were happy with progress.  

 

Henry’s previous night rallying experience paid off in the first of the two stages held in darkness by the end they had cracked the top ten and were climbing.  Then disaster struck on the final stage of the evening where they struck a rock in a quarry section which broke the steering drag link.  With no steering, a Herculean effort from co-driver Michael Bruce managed to manhandle the car the final kilometre to the end of the stage to gain them a finish and a chance to redeem themselves on day 2.

 

Although the Allmakes Friesian Racing Discovery (affectionately known as MuddyMoo) had dropped to 29th position and second in class the crew knew that a class win was still a possibility.

 

Some spirited driving on day two saw the team claw their way back up to 20th position and that coveted first in class by the end of the day.  Their final stage heralded their first fastest stage time – an impressive effort for a production car against the more specialist machinery that usually reside at the top of the table.

 

That was another challenging event,” said driver and team principal Henry Webster, “We certainly haven’t had it all our own way this year, but I am chuffed to bits to come away from the season with our third consecutive class championship win!”

 

“I hope the fastest stage time is a pointer the future too, we’ve proven when the conditions suit the car that we can challenge the best in Europe!”

 

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the entire Friesian Racing herd, all of whom are volunteers and give up their spare time and holidays to help us out.  Allmakes support too has been vital.  Their expertise with Land Rover parts has been invaluable and the quality of their products has been proven by the reliability that we have achieved this year even in the toughest of conditions, like last weekend!”

Press Release: Udderly Fantastic!

Henry and Sarah brave the elements at the end of the event, happy, but cold! 
For Immediate Release

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Oxfordshire based Motorsport Team – Friesian Racing, claimed an impressive third place in the national section of the BajaGB in mid-Wales at the weekend

After 625.82 kilometers of high speed action in the Welsh forests, the Friesian Racing team with their distinctive Land Rover Discovery, ‘MuddyMoo’ missed out on second place by a mere 30 seconds.

“I am chuffed to bits with the result” said Henry Webster (Middleton Stoney), driver and team principal. “It’s been a fantastic event, the stages have suited us down to the ground. It is the sort of terrain that our car really thrives on!”

“We’ve done especially well when you consider that the sport is dominated by specially modified vehicles. To get on the podium with a Production Class car is virtually unheard of!” said Co-Driver Sarah Suter (Chepstow). The event was not without its challenges for the whole Friesian Racing herd. Having missed last year’s inaugural event, thwarted at the last minute by engine gremlins, the team found themselves in a similar situation this year. With just minutes to go to the technical scrutineering MuddyMoo wouldn’t start. The service crew (largely new for this event!) worked wonders to get the car running and into the event on time.

The king ignition lead came loose on the opening SuperSpecial stage in Radnor Forest forcing a stop to reattach it and relegating them to the back of the national field. The fight back started on the first stage of day two, the first of the true Baja stages (a 60.97km test in Hafren Forest and Sweet Lamb), where the team overtook five cars to claim the third fastest time. A similar feat in the third 54.64km test brought the team right back into contention. This was a truly punishing stage which threw everything at the teams, from river crossings to deep mud, steep climbs to precipitous drops all mixed in with lots of fast gravel tracks.

Disaster struck on the second loop of stages.  Two thirds of the way through the second “Sweet Lamb” stage a brake line fractured leaving the crew with no brakes.  Nursing the car nearly twenty kilometers to the end without brakes, the team were then able to block off the offending pipe and drive the “Tarenig” stage with an ill handling car with braking effort on just three wheels.

Once fixed at the overnight halt, the team were able to claw their way back onto the podium in the remaining two Sunday tests.  Starting nearly two minutes behind the second placed car of Frazer Williams and Dave Thomas, Henry and Sarah flew through the final kilometres to reduce the gap to a mere 31 seconds by the end of the event.

“Getting to the end of an endurance event like this is an achievement in itself, but to do so and to finish on the podium was beyond our wildest expectations!  It is a credit to the quality of the parts supplied by Abingdon based Allmakes 4×4!”  said Henry Webster at the end of the event.


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