Moran rolls out new Lofthouse Evo
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.
Moran debuted new Lancer-powered car in Ceri