mitsubishi shogun achieves off road championship hat-trick

 

  • Hi-Q MSA British Off Road Championship - Round 3 Report, Scotland
  • Castle O’er - 2nd & 3rd July 2005
  • Three wins from three events for Mitsubishi
  • Read records first top ten placing of the year

For the third time in a row, Colin Read took the works Mitsubishi Motors UK Shogun Warrior to a Production Class victory in the Hi-Q MSA British Off Road Championship, round three in Scotland providing him with the opportunity not only to stamp his authority on the category, but also to finish ninth overall.

Maintaining a 100% success record in the class for standard specification vehicles, Read, partnered by his regular co-driver, Chris Eade, both from Great Bedwyn near Marlborough, proved uncatchable in the diesel engined Mitsubishi Shogun. Their overall  result was made even more impressive, when it was confirmed that the only competitors ahead of them were driving highly modified 3.5 litre or larger capacity hybrid vehicles specifically built for off road competition.

This weekend’s event took place in Castle O’er Forest, just east of Lockerbie, with organisers setting a course of nine miles, contested six times on Saturday and a further four times on Sunday. About two-thirds of the route utilised relatively smooth gravel roads, whilst the remaining distance took competitors through rougher un-made tracks and firebreaks.

Having come from a rallying background, Read revelled on the smoother and faster sections, his pace in the near standard Shogun surprising many of the crews in other classes.

Saturday’s dry and dusty conditions meant that speeds were even quicker than usual, a factor which did nothing to deter the Mitsubishi pairing, Eade reporting to have looked across at the speedometer to see over 100 mph registered on m ore than one occasion.

Although having to contend with two punctures, Saturday’s performance had given Read and Eade a two-minute Class lead and an overall position of eleventh by the end of the day.

Overnight rain saw the complexion of the stages change on Sunday. With a damp surface the dust had gone and although Read anticipated more slippery conditions, this was not the case, the rain has washed away the loose surface gravel which inevitably provided better grip!

With his tactic being ‘more of the same’ for Sunday, Read continued to set a pace faster than any of his Production Class rivals, comfortably winning every stage. However, his finish margin was increased to nearly 20 minutes, when his closest opponent, Dan Evans, driving a V6 Mitsubishi Shogun, had problems on the final test and subsequently recorded a maximum stage time.

“It’s been a great weekend for us and I’ve really enjoyed the stages”, commented a delighted Read at the finish. “Although we have become used to winning the Class, victory is still sweet and this is by far the biggest margin we have achieved so far this year. I am also pleased to record our first top ten overall finish of the season, especially against the competition, as there was a total of 50 entries on this event. The Shogun has really proved what it is capable of this weekend.”

The fourth round of the Hi-Q MSA British Off Road Championship takes place on 10th & 11th September, when the series makes its annual trip to Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Based on the latest version of the company’s acclaimed short-wheel-base 3.2 litre turbo diesel engined model, the works Mitsubishi Motors UK Shogun Warrior DI-D is the sole manufacturer supported entry in this year’s Hi-Q MSA British Off Road Championship. The Mitsubishi Motors UK off road campaign is supported by: Shell Racing Fuels, Speedline Corse, Helix Autosport, Mintex, PIAA and ADR Motorsport.  
 

 

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