Heritage Specialist 4×4 Insurance are proud to be sponsoring Team Hybrid 4×4.
When our customer, Duncan Smith of Team Hybrid 4×4 asked if we wanted to sponsor him and his team – we jumped at the chance!
Anyone who knows the staff from Heritage Specialist 4×4 Insurance knows that we don’t mind getting a little muddy! We’ve been working closely with the 4×4 community for a number of years, whether that’s supporting local club events or sponsoring King of Wales we love to be involved and get a taste of the action.
Heritage Specialist 4×4 Insurance are excited to be sponsoring Team Hybrid 4×4, we caught up with Duncan Smith to find out a little bit about Duncan, Team Hybrid and what they have planned for this year:
‘My off road adventure started around 6 years ago purely by chance.
Being a bit of a petrol head and always on the look out for a good deal, I bought an off road vehicle with a view to selling it on and making a small profit. It was a Auverland A3. After acquiring the Auverland I decided to take it to Devils pit an off road course located in Barton Le Clay in Bedfordshire just to try my hand at off roading. I became instantly hooked and for the next twelve months attended every “play day” event where people turn up, pay a fee and spend the day hurling around in the mud.
By this time a couple of my friends had also bought off road vehicles and I decided it was time to take the next step so we went to watch a couple of winch challenge events and decided that was the path to take. I acquired another Auverland A3 to use as spares for my first truck and began modifying it quite heavily so I could start competing.
During this time a Land Rover Series 1 challenge truck came up for sale quite locally and I decided to invest in it and focus my attention on modifying that instead of the Auverland.
I entered a couple of challenge events with me driving and a good friend of mine Ben Robinson as my winch man. We had varying levels of success but thoroughly enjoyed it.
2011 bought our first full season as competitors and we achieved a 3rd place finish overall in the LRS series. We continued to modify the Series 1 and became known as Team Hybrid 4×4 due to some of the radical changes we made to the truck.
In 2012 we enjoyed more success finishing the season 1st overall in the LRS series. 2013 again 1st place overall was achieved again in the LRS series. Then Ben had to give up winching for me due to other commitments and this lead to a very up and down 2014 season for Team Hybrid 4×4 trying to find another good winch man.
During the 2014 season I meet Henry Papworth my current winch man at a challenge event. Henry was competing as a driver and after chatting for a while he told me he was struggling to find the time to prepare his truck for each event due to his work commitments. So I suggested he became my winch man that way he could still get his off road fix without the time commitment of preparing his truck. We decided to enter the Santa’s challenge event together and won!
Henry agreed to my offer and 2015 was our first season competing together as Team Hybrid 4×4. We entered the Odyssey Battery Winch Challenge Series and won the series overall. With 9 wins and 11 podium finishes during our first year together, as well as a second place finish at the Welsh Xtrem and De-Cider events rounded off Team Hybrid’s most successful season to date.
2016 and the truck is really looking a lot different from what it was a few years back and we continue to find success with 4 out of 4 wins already. We’ve got a trip to Croatia in October where we’ll compete in the Wild Boar Valley Challenge, our prize for winning the Welsh Xtrem. We will be the first UK team to compete in the event.
You can check us out on Facebook and watch us in action on our Youtube channel.
I’d like to thank my wife Samantha for putting up with my obsession and for her continued support and also my good friend and colleague Matt Dilley for all his help preparing the truck and washing off the mud! And Henry’s Mum for being head of our catering department!
I’d also like to thank Natalie Coughlan from Heritage Insurance for agreeing to become Team Hybrid’s first sponsor. Here’s to continued success for all at Team Hybrid!’
Sounds like Team Hybrid 4×4 are set to have another successful year in 2016 and we wish them good luck! If you’re interested in supporting our boys then get yourself a long to one of the dates below:
Team Hybrid 4×4 Events 2016
|Odyssey Battery Winch Challenge Round 1||Weekley Woods, Kettering||Sunday 10th April|
|Odyssey Battery Winch Challenge Round 2||Wormhough Farm, Derbyshire||Sunday 8th May|
|Odyssey Battery Winch Challenge Round 3||Pear Tree Farm, Matlock||Sunday 19th June|
|Odyssey Battery Winch Challenge Round 5||Buildwas, Ironbridge Telford||Sunday 11th September|
|Odyssey Battery Winch Challenge Round 6||Weekley Woods (Main Site), Kettering||Sunday 9th October|
|Valhalla 2 Day 2 Car Team Event||Weekley Woods/ Deep Scar||Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July|
|The De-Cider Trophy||Bush Farm, near Salthash, Plymouth||Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th September|
|Wild Boar Valley Challenge||Croatia||Sunday 16th - Saturday 22nd October|
|Billing Land Rover Fest||Billing Aquadrome, Northampton||July 29th - 31st|