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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.

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

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