Always eager to encourage employees in their interests outside of work, Durrants have recently pledged their support to Diss-based Planner, Jasmine Philpott, in her off-road car racing pursuit.
The 29-year-old has competed in a grassroots motorsport called Competitive Safari (aka comp safari) for several years. Driving her custom-built prototype Warrior, Jasmine is regarded as the most competitive female driver in the sport since the 1990s, generally placed in the top 10 in national events.
Comp safari events are single-venue, off-road races in which between 30 and 50 drivers tackle a rough, fast course in a variety of different vehicles, from budget-friendly modified Land Rovers to 600bhp prototypes. Nearly all vehicles are 4×4, with classes defined according to suspension type and engine size.
This year has also seen her join Excite Rally Raid as the main driver of their desert-racing-spec Mitsubishi Pajero. The team are aiming to be the first all-female British team to finish the world-famous Dakar Rally. This year has included some practice events, mainly focussing on exposure in order to raise sponsorship, with a view to compete in European Bajas in 2023 and begin training for desert racing thereafter.
Jasmine has agreed to provide regular race reports on her events this year, so keep an eye on the blog and our social media pages for more. You can also follow her journey on Instagram @offroadjasmine