On 23-25 May, the AC SA Team took part in the first edition of the “Battle of the Brands” Championships in Poland, which was a recreational and sporting event organized as a convention of owners of off-road vehicles. The convention held on the closed airfield in Nowe Miasto on Pilica gathered 142 vehicles of Suzuki, Land Rover, Jeep, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota with our representation.
The teams competed on three types of routes with skill-testing elements (for families), crossings (for vehicles configured for heavy terrain) or racing sections.
Among all six brands, the Jeep collected the highest number of points and was followed by Mitsubishi and Suzuki. Jeep was represented by the largest group of owners (39 vehicles) with the best preparation for off-road. Mitsubishi Team (13 vehicles) turned out to be unbeatable in skill battles, where coordination and direct engagement of team members was required. Suzuki Team (12 vehicles) was the smallest, though the most motivated group focusing on “quality instead of quantity”. They gave an example of determination and coordinated work and won the pull rounds. Toyota (17 vehicles) focused on racing by using its competitive edge in dynamic performance and power. Toyota drivers were unrivalled on special stage racing sections. The 5th position of Nissan was quite a surprise (32 vehicles), as Nissan drivers concentrated more on integration than competition. Land Rover (20 vehicles) did not show much of a competitive streak, as the group focused more on the beautiful scenery of the area than in participating in the challenges.
More photos and information can be found on the organizer’s website: http://bitwanamarki.pl/galeria.html