Mo­ran rolls out new Loft­house Evo

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Reign­ing Bri­tish Cross Coun­try cham­pion Mike Mo­ran de­buted his new Loft­house Evo ma­chine at round four of the cham­pi­onship held in Ceri for­est last week­end.

The car is a devel­op­ment of the Loft­house Freelander and has a two-litre Mit­subishi Lancer E9 en­gine, a con­trast to the larger ca­pac­ity ma­chines used by Mo­ran’s ri­vals.

“We had a few elec­tri­cal prob­lems on day one caused by a bad earth and we also had a high-speed spin,” said Mo­ran. “Day two was bet­ter and we bat­tled back to fifth which I’m pleased with as I’d not driven the car at all be­fore the event. There’s more to come as I get more miles be­hind the wheel and get used to the ex­tra power and dif­fer­ent han­dling from my old car.”

The event was won by Martin Gould in his Bux­ton 4x4 Rivet after a very close bat­tle with Justin Bir­chall. Bir­chall had led early on in his Loft­house Freelander but he was over­hauled by Gould on run three. The bat­tle con­tin­ued with Gould even­tu­ally win­ning by just 13 sec­onds. Ryan Cooke com­pleted the top three in his re­built Mil­ner LRM-1 after a crash on the pre­vous round.

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