Defender Rally Series launches

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Even novice drivers can apply to race in the Defender Rally Series : credit: © JLR
2024 to be the biggest and most competitive season yet

Defender (not Land Rover…) has revealed a bold new livery and the driver line-up for the 2024 Rally Series UK. Each of the specially prepared Defender 90s in this year’s championship will feature a distinctive version of the exterior design, with a signature colour chosen by the teams. The seven-event season comprises gravel and hill rallies in Wales, Scotland, England and the Republic of Ireland and aims to build the rallying skills of the drivers with a view to upgrade to competitor rally licences and progress to the European Baja Championship and other one-off international events.

With up to 16 driver and co-driver pairings contesting each works-supported event, it is the largest competitive field the championship has yet seen. Applications are open – and in demand – for 2025.

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Drivers have diverse motorsport backgrounds, from novices and trackday enthusiasts to experienced circuit and off-road racers, so if you fancy a go visit bowlermotors.com. You may even be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous with 2024’s competitors including former Boyzone member Shane Lynch, and Vanessa Ruck, an adventure motorcycle racer and online content creator.

2024 Defender Rally Series UK Championship Calendar

• Round 2: Rally Nuts Severn Valley Stages, Builth Wells 12-13 April
• Round 3: Summer Scottish Hill Rally 31 May-2 June
• Round 4: Nicky Grist Stages, Builth Wells 12-13 July
• Round 5: Yorkshire Hill Rally 13-15 September
• Round 6: Clare Forest Rally Ireland 4-6 October
• Round 7: Scottish Borders Hill Rally 15-17 November