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The Kent-based outfit came out on top of this fiercely contested series at the final round in Portugal

The Gigglepin Racing team has at the sharp end of various international off-road racing championships in recent years, being proudly supported by EBC Brakes throughout this time.

Winning the popular Ultra 4 Championship in 2019 and coming second in 2022, the outfit, fronted by Jim Marsden, were keen to reclaim the top trophy as the 2023 season began to wrap up.

Once again, it all came down to the final round in Portugal, where Marsden and co-driver Joe Seymour Smith entered one of Gigglepin’s fearsome LS7 7-litre V8 powered machines that, like all of Gigglepin’s other machines, proudly sports EBC Brakes’ Bluestuff NDX pads all-round.

You can read how the weekend unfolded in the team’s own words below.

“Gigglepin Racing are the 2023 European Ultra 4 Champions!

“Ultra 4 is the Formula 1 of off-road racing. Its high-adrenaline, fast-paced and action-packed format makes it a firm favourite with racers and crowds around the world. The European Championship is always hard fought, and this year was no different with teams from across Europe battling to take the crown.

“Step forward Jim Marsden and the Gigglepin Racing crew. Winners of this title in 2019 and runners up in 2022. They were looking to go one better and regain their title in 2023.
Racing over three rounds in Poland, Great Britain and Portugal fighting the terrain, distance, the weather and high-class opposition, it was never going to be easy.

“But the Gigglepin race team are exceptional, with crew from UK, Malta, Portugal and Italy – they are experts at overcoming the odds. The championship came down to fierce final battle that was decided under sunny skies at King of Portugal.

“With Jim and Co-driver Alex Wilson keeping Belgium powerhouse that it is the Ruel Sport team just behind them in points to secure their second European title in four years.

“This season was about perseverance, teamwork and dedication. The hundreds of hours in the workshop and the late nights in the pits. But none of it is possible without the incredible team, our partners and our sponsors. So, thank you one and all!

“Now it’s time to rebuild the race cars and get ready for the 2024 season racing as the defending Ultra 4 European Champions.”

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