Defender Challenge Racing Series by Bowler Motorsport Makes YOU the Off-Road Rally Hero

Enticing, is it not? The idea of living the racing driver dream is quite vivid for many of us, but the options to do so bring huge costs of their own.

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For 2014, Bowler Motorsport is bringing its legendary Dakar rally know-how home to some of the UK’s most entertaining off-road regions – where professionals and beginners alike can feel the muddy rush of speed that can only originate in a professional rally car.

Uprated Land Rover Defender 90’s are specially prepared by Bowler Motorsport for the series, with all the support that a professional team would bring as well. It is more than enticing as an idea — so get on it if you are interested in participating in the next Defender Challenge — set for June 17th in Nottinghamshire. The full schedule and links to learn more are below.




Official Details below from Bowler Motorsport.

The Defender Challenge is a one make rally series that will provide a controlled and cost effective route for entrants to sample different rally disciplines, and ultimately prepare them for rally raid competitions such as the Dakar and the Africa Race. The Defender Challenge is managed by Bowler Motorsport, supported by Land Rover and regulated by the MSA.

The series will cater for experienced competition drivers (both off road and circuit), and those with no prior competition experience. For the latter, the series will offer a complete solution in terms of gaining a competition license, training, development, and competition experience.

All competitors will drive a brand new Bowler prepared Defender 90 that has been modified for safety, performance and durability, and is compliant with FIA T2 regulations, and each event will be supported by the Bowler Works team and will have a dedicated service and hospitality area.

The UK series will comprise of 7 rounds which mix hill rallies and stage rallies, and which are spread across the UK throughout the year. Entrants will also have the option of competing in rallies in Europe and North Africa alongside the Bowler Works team.



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Bowler Defender Challenge Car Specification:

Based on a new, road registered right hand drive Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top

  • Engine: 2.2 Litre Diesel

  • Gearbox Standard 6-speed manual

  • Power: Modified to 170 bhp by Bowler Motorsport

  • Torque: 450Nm


Additional Features:

  • Full MSA-approved roll cage

  • MSA-compliant fire extinguisher system

  • Bowler Motorsport suspension system – including new dampers, springs roll bars and bushes

  • Bowler Motorsport lightweight 18″ wheels with controlled Kuhmo tyres

  • Racing seats and six-point harness

  • Bowler Motorsport lightweight front bumper and sill protectors

  • Intercom system

  • Upgraded mud flaps and mounting system

  • Bowler Motorsport revised door casings

  • Full Defender Challenge livery

  • Optional Bowler brake package

  • Optional service package providing access to Bowler Works mechanics, logistic support plus vehicle storage between events


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Challenge Schedule:

2nd March

Mid Wales Stages – Newtown, Wales

12th 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 October

Sunseeker Rallye – Poole, Dorset

22nd / 23rd November

Borders Hill Rally – Dumfries, Scotland

 Defender Challenge Racing Series by Bowler Motorsport

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