Mitsubishi Motors UK will be fielding a brand new Shogun Warrior 3.2 D-ID three-door model in this year’s Goodyear British Off Road Championship, the first round taking place next weekend (17th & 18th April), in Radnor Forest, Mid-Wales.
The Off Road Championship project is being funded by Mitsubishi Motors UK who intends to demonstrate that the Shogun is a great all-rounder - whatever the terrain. The car is being driven by experienced 4x4 exponent, Colin Read, who is aiming to be the first ever driver to win the Championship in a car that can be driven straight out of the showroom.
After scoring a record breaking ninth outright victory in the demanding Dakar Rally in January, Mitsubishi’s success in off road motor sport is unquestionable and General Manager of Ralliart at Mitsubishi Motors UK, Paul Brigden, is confident that the success can continue in Britain:
"We have a great vehicle in the Shogun and an excellent driver in Colin. We know its not going to be easy to win the Championship overall, especially with the extreme conditions the teams are going to encounter and the quality of the competition. Therefore, if we do win the title, it is going to represent an impressive all round performance."
The 2004 British Off Road Championship takes place on five separate weekends in various parts of the country. Each event features a special stage were competitors set off at minute intervals to traverse a route against the clock. These tests are usually between 5 - 10 miles long and cover all manner of terrain; from gravel roads to muddy tracks, over rocks and through rivers, sections often punctuated with steep inclines and descents.