The G.O Racing from the UK is an off road team we support. Great guys, Alex Wilson and Dan Hickling are racing throughout the UK with two cars. Land Rover ready for Ultra4 competitions or a small Jimny perfectly suited for winch challenges, such as the Wooldridge trophy winch challenge.
As usual, problems started at the very beginning. This time with the van, not the competition car. Trailer wheel bearing had to be changed, a sign of bad luck maybe? Thankfully NO.
Competing at the Wooldridge Trophy winch challenge is a bit special. A group of two vehicles is formed, team work is crucial. G.O Racing (Dan and Alex) were paired with Jonathan Wood and Simon Lee.
Easy to understand of course, the clock stops when the second car gets through the finish line. Multiple sections with multiple punches which were collected as they progressed. It was a great Saturday.
The first section was reasonably easy, but it was enough to achieve a good result and put the G.O Racing in high spirits.
The teamwork routine with Jonathan and Simon worked flawlessly and they were completing sections with respectable times.
After the teamwork sections, individual racing started on a sprint stage. Driving as fast a possible and effective winching in a mud pit was enough for a fantastic time on the section.
But no matter how good the car is, on winch challenges like the Wooldridge trophy, there is no guarantee. Fortunately, only the alternator died during the day.
The night stage was cool, individual racing. Punches highlighted by glow sticks and some letters to find. This is where the water pump controller failed and set the wiring on fire.
Jimny started smoking, they drove back to the pits and rewired the problematic part. A major setback it was. Although, Dan and Alex collected a few letters before the mishap… So the result was OK nevertheless.
The guys are really happy how the car performed at the winch challenge. A few problems on Saturday and a broken axle limiting strap on Sunday… That’s fine.
Individual racing on Sunday was great.
Dan and Alex: “Once again we were flying, setting great times on all stages. No real issues, only a damaged axle limiting strap which needed sorting, as climbing out of banks was very difficult with too much suspension travel and no front diff locker.
We had the opportunity to start the final stage of the day but it was nearing 3 PM, we didn’t want to risk receiving the late penalty so we didn’t enter the stage.”
We are proud to be official media partners of the G.O racing team. They finished first at the Wooldridge Trophy Winch Challenge.
They are still looking for sponsors if you feel like giving something.
TEXT: Alex Wilson, Emilio Mocibob
PHOTO: G.O Racing