Date: May 2017

SSANGYONG MUSSO PICK-UP RACING HEADS TO SILVERSTONE

Weekend of 3 & 4 June for the second round of motorsports’ newest race series

The SsangYong Musso Pick-up Racing Challenge - UK Motorsports’ newest race series, will line-up for three races plus qualifying at the second of six meetings this year at Silverstone on Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 June.


Musso Pick-Up Racing Challenge            
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Musso Pick-Up Racing Challenge        
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Musso Pick-Up Racing Challenge       
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Round 1 – Snetterton; final race video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPdeg2Nyl28

The series launched at Snetterton over the weekend of 13/14 May, when 12 SsangYong Musso Pick-ups took to the field, and follows the highly successful format running in New Zealand.

The single make series is based on the production SsangYong Musso 1-tonne Pick-up sold in the UK, sporting a sealed 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine and running gear. Changes to the vehicle are limited to full safety equipment in compliance with RACMSA regulations, specially developed suspension dampers by Proflex and wheels from Speedline Corse with AVON control tyres.

The first weekend of three 15-minute races was held in mixed weather conditions, and led to some exciting close-quarter racing for competitors in this brand-new manufacturer supported series.

After qualifying, racing got underway on a rolling start, and after three races of thrills and spills – and a long night for the mechanics to have the grid ready for day two, Lewis Grant left Snetterton leading the standings.

Commenting on his success, Lewis Grant said: “The weekend went really well. I only sat in the car for the first time on Friday so to come away with two wins and a second place is brilliant. To drive a rear wheel drive car is a big change for me, so it took a little bit of getting used to. I am really impressed with the Musso and was surprised how well it handles, leading to some really close and competitive racing.”

Runner-up, Harry Webb said: “I am really pleased to have won the final race of the weekend. The cars are pretty equal and produce some very close racing, so it was challenging, and very difficult to get past anyone. The SsangYong Musso is very different to anything I have driven before - it was fun.”

Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK commenting on the first event said: “As a relatively new brand in the UK, we like to be different and try new initiatives. Pick-ups aren’t noted for their ability on a race track, but we had seen the success enjoyed in New Zealand, so thought we’d give it a go.
 
“Despite a few inevitable teething issues from turning pick-ups into racing cars, the cars ran remarkably smoothly on their first outing at Snetterton, and with what we have learnt, bodes well for a great season. It’s a highly competitive format, and clear that drivers and supporters are already extremely enthusiastic.”

The SsangYong Musso Pick-up Racing Challenge 2017

Round 1

13 & 14 May

Snetterton

Double header

Round 2

3 & 4 June 

Silverstone National  

Double header

Round 3

8 & 9 July 

Knockhill  

Double header

Round 4

29 July 

Oulton Park  

Single header

Round 5

30 Sept       

Cadwell Park  

Single header

Round 6

28 & 29 Oct 

Brands Hatch Indy  

Double header

 

For the single header rounds, there are 2 races + qualifying

For the double header rounds, there are 3 races + qualifying

- Ends-

Made in Korea
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK.  Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer.  There are currently some 60 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

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Ref: SY22/2017