With rally champion Mark Higgins at the wheel and Clair Williams as co-driver, the pair finished 1:41 ahead of the second-placed team (Beecroft/Gillespie). This gave Land Rover’s ‘Bowler Team 2’ an impressive lead, they still have some catching up to do. Because they did not participate in the first round of the Defender Challenge, their total score is only 61.
Leading the championship with 110 points at the end of Round 2, it was the Thwaites/Cumings duo who won the first round.
Higgins has won the British Rally Championship three times – in 1997, 2005 and 2006. He has also been behind the wheel as a stuntman in the last four James Bond films. Williams won the junior and overall championships in 2013.
The 90s used in the Defender Challenge are based on the latest Defender with the P300 Ingenium engine and an automatic transmission. Bowler upgrades include better engine and gearbox cooling, full roll cage, modified subframes, high performance exhaust, new stronger springs and spring towers, and 18 inch rims inches with off-road tires.
Like all the other cars in the championship, the winning Defender is a Bowler Challenge 90, but with a unique livery on its roof and sides to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 007 Bond franchise.
Land Rover made this short film to mark the occasion…