Ssangy­ong Rac­ing Chal­lenge to launch in the UK next sea­son

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A new one-make series will be in­tro­duced next year for the Ssangy­ong Ko­rando pickup truck.

The Ssangy­ong Rac­ing Chal­lenge will be man­aged by ABG Mo­tor­sport and be part of ei­ther an MSVR or BARC sched­ule. It’s aimed to be a cost­ef­fec­tive series for young drivers, with rac­ers as young as 14 able to take part. A six-round cal­en­dar is planned with three 15-minute races per round.

“They raced these in New Zealand and we were ap­proached by the Ssangy­ong im­porter about the vi­a­bil­ity about do­ing this in the UK,” said Ssangy­ong spokesper­son Peter Hignett. “It’s a one-make cham­pi­onship and MSVR are look­ing to run the pack­age to bring new peo­ple to the sport, young and old.”

The Ssangy­ong Rac­ing Chal­lenge was launched at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic last week­end and the Ko­rando fea­tures a 2.2-litre turbo diesel en­gine with stiffer rac­ing sus­pen­sion.

“Pickup rac­ing hasn’t been done that suc­cess­fully in this coun­try and Ssangy­ong wanted to pro­mote this car in the UK,” added Hignett. “In New Zealand it’s done the third year with 30 car grids, which are very com­pet­i­tive. Hence, we’re hope­fully go­ing to run it through Europe if it’s suc­cess­ful here.”

Ssangy­ong Ko­rando fea­tures 2.2-litre en­gine

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