This weekend the British Army Motorsports Association (BAMA) organised a single venue, multi-phase, cross country navigation and safe/skilled driving event known as Saxon Express run as a motorsports competition on parts of the Bovington Training Area (BTA) in Dorset.
The event was for crews of two people in 4x4 vehicles, so R3 and R5 were commandeered and teams comprising one of each of their regular crew along with one of the service crew who were up for the challenge of doing something a bit different and to give the all new R5 a bit of a shakeout, however combining the driving and navigation made for a difficult and technical competition.
It turns out that reading a map whilst getting bounced around in a Land Rover at 30 mph over a tank playground makes easy navigation a lot more difficult! In the end only one Romeo finished the complete event and the other retired due to being a bit stuck - it'll be some time before we resolve whether that was a driving or navigation issue as neither team member is admitting to anything.
All in all it was an enjoyable day and a very different event compared to what we are used to as the Team and it has given an insight into what to be expect on the next navigation exercise we look to compete in.... when certain people will be looking to set the record straight