Ssangyong Racing Challenge to launch in the UK next season
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