TMD Friction’s Mintex Racing brand continues to find success in some of the toughest environments, with its brake pads playing a pivotal role in securing a major victory for the RS Off-Road team at the Scottish Borders Hill Rally 2023.
Spanning two days on 18 and 19 November, and encompassing 14 demanding stages and 95 stage miles at Forrest Estate, the rally tested the limits of Reece and Sean Mathieson, part of the RS Off-Road team, with the venue renowned for its rough, puncturing terrain.
On the first day, the team was forced to complete the last four stages in the dark, putting their concentration and experience to the test. But their pace proved well, ending the first day 21st out of 38 starters, aided by the exceptional performance and reliability of the Mintex Racing brake pads. The car had performed faultlessly all day, with no brake fade.
Sunday was a shorter, but tougher day with two loops of two stages, one being six miles and the other 12 miles.
Reece commented: “The stages were a lot more demanding and rougher, with less cat A being used and instead more quarry and water sections, which really showcased the capability of Mintex’s M1144 brake pads, which handled it all really well, even with the heat they were exposed to with back-to-back stages.
“With a sufficient class lead, we backed off a touch to manage the car but still set good-enough stage times to slowly work our way up to 18th overall, where we finished with a total time of 3:16:57, retaining the A1 title for a second year running.
“We’re pleased to have ended our season with another title in the bag, rounding off what has been a brilliant 2023 for us, but we certainly couldn’t have done it without Mintex’s support.”
Richard Barton, category manager of Mintex Racing/Classic at TMD Friction, commented on the achievement: “Supporting Reece and Sean as they secured the win at the Scottish Borders Hill Rally is a proud moment for us and confirmation of the superior quality of our Mintex Racing products.
”Our brake pads have once again demonstrated their outstanding capabilities in one of the most challenging motorsport environments.”
The grueling conditions of the rally were a perfect proving ground for TMD Friction’s braking technology. The Mintex Racing brake pads ensured optimal performance throughout the race, contributing significantly to the team’s strategic driving and their impressive overall standing.
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