03/03/2011 - One of the latest championships to join
MSVR for 2011 is the MINI Challenge. Paul Harvey from MINI
Challenge spoke to MSV Chief-Executive Jonathan Palmer at the MSVR
Media Day on Wednesday (23 February).
JP: MINI racing has been around forever but with the
latest car, and the latest car isn't exactly that new either but
Paul, you're having a renaissance really with the MINI Challenge.
The cars look terrific and it's great to have you on the programme
as well, of course joining pretty much overlapping where Radical
have been on our programmes, how are you finding
Paul Harvey: We came over for the same reasons as
Radical really and our new car has been a great success. We had our
first season last year with nine new
cars and we've got a further ten new cars
in build for this season so it's really come on and
again I suspect it's something to do with the MSVR tie up, new
circuits, better customer service, we're really quite upbeat about
the new season.
JP: Now you've also got a bit more backing or some
backing from BMW. I think anyone in this room knows that getting
series support from a manufacturer is not easy and if you're
involved in some national or rather international championships
like DTM then it can happen but that's a different scale, but
you've got a bit of support from BMW now?
PH: Yes but we've got to be careful to qualify that
we have technical support from BMW so please no-one write we are
fully backed by BMW because I'll get in trouble! But they have
offered us engine testing so all our new cars engines are taken to
Hams Hall near Birmingham where they are produced, re-tested,
sealed and returned to their competitors which to be honest is a
great service and something which again has given our competitors
massive confidence being a one make series it's all about being
fair and that's a great service to have from BMW and hopefully
things can move on from there with them.
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