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The Defender Challenge By Bowler Is The Best One-Make Rally Series

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Land Rover has just announced the sponsorship of the Defender Challenge, a one-make rally series operated by Bowler Motorsport that will act as a feeder series to the annual Dakar Rally and international rally-raid competitions. Racing Defenders? Where do we sign?

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The Defender Challenge car is a modified Defender 90 Hard Top utilizing the standard 2.2-liter diesel engine uprated to 170 bhp by Bowler. It comes with 332 ft lb of torque and a 6-speed manual, while racing goodies include a roll cage, fire extinguisher system, a new suspension including new dampers, springs, roll bars and bushings, lightweight 18” wheels with controlled Kuhmo tires, racing seats and six-point harness, a lightweight front bumper and sill protectors, intercom system, upgraded mud flaps and mounting system, revised door casings and an optional Bowler brake package.

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Each Defender Challenge car will be FIA compliant enabling competitors to compete internationally, while the seven round rally series takes place across the UK in the following order:

2nd MarchMid Wales StagesNewtown, Wales
20th April Somerset Stages Minehead, Somerset
7th June Dukeries Rally Southwell, Nottinghamshire
19th / 20th July Welsh Hill Rally Walters Arena, Swansea
30th August Woodpecker Stages Ludlow, Shropshire
24th/ 25th OctoberSunseeker Rallye Poole, Dorset
Mid November Scottish Hill Rally Dumfries, Scotland
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The series will be open to anyone, with Bowler helping those without prior experience or a racing license. The car will retail at £50,000 ($80,179) plus VAT and be supplied through Bowler Motorsport.

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Entry into the Defender Challenge will range between $16,000 and $22,450 depending on the package selected. Sounds like a good deal for such a badass machine.

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JohnnyWasASchoolBoy
JohnnyWasASchoolBoy

This. I want to do this.

Someone please:

1. FedEx me an assload of money (no ass actually required)

2. Hook me up with a racing license

3. Cover my wages while I skip work long enough to run this series

4. Tell my wife and kids that daddy loves them very much, but that he just had to run to the store - for nine months.