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Mini Challenge Revs Up.


For more than a decade the MINI Challenge has been a great place to race with colourful cars, close competitive racing and legendary ’Go-Kart MINI handling’. In 2013 the MINI Challenge continues to evolve with its first visit to the amazing Dutch seaside circuit at Zandvoort and with new look Cooper class cars, boasting MINI Challenge aero kit.

The Cooper Class also enjoys a substantial prize for the class winner, in the form of a subsidized John Cooper Works class drive in 2014, worth over £16,000 with other prizes for race winners and Driver of the Day. The John Cooper Works Class will also be eligible for a substantial prize due to be announced at the first race meeting at Snetterton.

The John Cooper Works Class cars have also been subject to a performance upgrade in the form of a bespoke ECU map, which provides improved throttle response and more torque.

In 2013 nearly 30 registered drivers will compete, split between the two classes and therefore expect one of the most competitive seasons to date. Reigning champion Lee Allen returns to defend his crown, from a number of young hard chargers led by Lee Pattison, Chris Smith and 2009 Overall and 2010 John Cooper Works Class champion Luke Caudle. There are many drivers who are new to MINIs who are also aiming to upset the establishment, including Mark Steward, Lawrence Davey and Stuart Calder, whilst Jono Brown steps up from the Cooper Class in 2012 to take on the big boys this year.

The Cooper Class grid is the largest it’s been for a few years and the competitors have the pedigree to steal the show from the turbo cars. It will be fascinating to see how they all shape up.

During 2013 and 2014 many more improvements will be launched including new initiatives which will ensure that the MINI Challenge continues to be the ’Place to Race’ for many years to come.

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