Diesel Defender outraces petrol off-roaders at Foxhill

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A Land Rover Defender modified for racing by Frontier Automotive, the sole representative for Land Rover in Sri Lanka, took top honours in the Truck & Jeep categories at the recently concluded Foxhill Supercross in Diyathalawa.

The 2.4 litre diesel was driven to victory by Lieutenant Colonel Duminda Jayasinghe of the Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, in the Diesel Trucks & Jeeps up to 5500 cc turbo category, and in the Jeeps & Trucks Open class, in which all other contenders were petrol-fuelled heavily modified off-roaders.

The racing Defender was modified for the challenging conditions of the Foxhill track by a Frontier Automotive team of technicians led by Anuruddha Yapa, the company’s Director - After Sales. The vehicle was personally race tuned by Charlie Fawcett, the owner of the famed Twisted Performance of UK, also represented in Sri Lanka by Frontier Automotive.

 “The Land Rover Defender is a legendary off-road machine, and its series of wins in circuit racing underlines its versatility in extreme and varied situations,” said Sheran Fernando, Director and CEO of Frontier Automotive (Pvt) Ltd. “Beating larger turbo-charged petrol engines in gruelling off-road conditions is a great testament to the performance credentials of Land Rover, as well as to the skills of our own engineers and technicians who prepared the Defender for racing.”