Round two of the Goodyear MSA British Off Road Championship takes place this weekend (15th & 16th June) and Colin Read, driving the works entered Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin, will be aiming for even greater success following his outstanding performance in round one.
Read, from Great Bedwyn, near Marlborough, recorded a comfortable victory in the standard production class and a giant-killing 14th overall in the opening round - quite an achievement, as this was his first ever competitive event in the car.
Now knowing how well the 1800 cc Pinin performs, Read has made a number of adjustments to the suspension to further enhance the car¹s already excellent handling and traction.
"We are aiming to win the class again and improve on our previous overall placing of 14th", explained Read. "Although it will be a tough task against the more powerful purpose-built hybrid machines, personally I shall be targeting for a position inside the top ten."
The second round of the series was originally set for a new venue near Leeds, but due to other activities taking place on the site Championship organisers have chosen to swap the location with that of round five and round two now takes place in the South Wales Forest of Glynneath.
Having competed on this event last year, Read is optimistic of being the production category front-runner, but is concerned that the conditions will favour the Œspecials’ and this is likely to make his quest for a top ten position a tough one:
"Last year this event was real car breaker and although the Pinin is strong, the really rough sections are more suited to vehicles especially built for this type of terrain. I therefore hope I will have the opportunity to exploit the Pinin¹s agility and pace over the faster and more technical sections."Published 10 June 2002