ATVS ONLY LAUNCHES PROJECT X WITH JASON “IRONMAN” WILDMAN
ATVs Only, the UK’s leading ATV and UTV aftermarket parts and accessories distributor, is supporting hard-charging quad champ Jason Wildman in his 2019 onslaught on the increasingly popular 4×4 quad racing sector.
Wildman, a former multi-British Champion, who together with his family, was an integral part of the pioneering quad racing scene back in the late eighties, is building and maintaining a Polaris Scrambler XP1000 supplied by JMK Quads of Northern Ireland, with joint assistance from ATVS ONLY LTD and Polaris UK. The project will see the talented and amiable 44-year-old from Devizes contest the ATVs Only MCF British XC Championship, as well as a number of high-profile European races including the 10h de Goncourt over the second weekend of June in North East France, where he’ll partner Jay Gröpl of Jay Parts, and then the challenging Pont de Vaux at the end of August where he’ll ride as part of a three-man team with Jay Gröpl and Danny Gilligan.
A host of ATVs Only manufacturers and suppliers are involved in the project. The machine will be equipped with parts from ATV big-hitters such as Fasst Company, PEP Suspension, Beringer Braking, Jay Parts, Big Gun Exhaust, Terrache Tyres, 2 Tuff Racing Products, DWT Wheels and Demon Axles.
“I’ve got quite a lot to achieve in a short space of time, as the machine is in bits at the moment,” said Wildman. “I’m expecting the build to be completed in four to five weeks and, as I’m aiming to use it in anger at Goncourt, I’d better get cracking!”
Whilst the ‘Project Quad’ is in the workshop, Wildman will be riding as often as possible to work on his post-injury stamina and strengthen the leg he broke in five places, alongside a shattered knee. “I had an accident around five-and-a-half months ago and so have been out of action. I decided to have a stab at the opening round of the British XC Championship and intended to just ride round for a couple of laps. I ended up completing 11 laps and finished sixth overall in the Expert 4×4 class. I then ditched the crutches a couple of weeks before the second round at Brakehill Farm over Easter and ended up on the podium in second, which was amazing.” This result was truly astonishing as, to the onlooker, Wildman could hardly walk …. he dug deep and road a clean race, chasing down 4×4 specialist Steve Atkins. Consistent lap times and only one fuel stop, delivered that well-earned and solid second, his Polaris-mounted team mate Danny Gilligan, who is also recovering from a nasty injury, finished a well-deserved fourth in class.
“I’d just like to give out a huge thanks to all the sponsors and supporters for making this exciting new project possible and also my personal sponsors Urchfont Vehicles Ltd, DB Waterworks Ltd, Usk and Wye Valley ATV, BRP Imports and Rip ‘n’ Roll,” concluded Wildman.
Next up for Wildman is the start of the Project X build and the third round of the ATVs Only British Quad XC Championship at Powys on May the 12th, 2019.