The UK's fastest MINI Championship, MINI Challenge, has
announced it is set to continue its partnership with Pirelli into
Pirelli first joined forces with MINI Challenge as official tyre
supplier in 2012, and the Italian manufacturer provides the tyres
for the Countryman and Cooper S road cars.
The championship, which is split into two classes, enjoyed
impressive grid sizes in 2013 and superbly close racing, but it was
Irishman Chris Smiley who eventually claimed the JCW title
from season-long leader Chris Smith. Shane Stoney dominated the
normally-aspirated Cooper Class and eventually finished at the head
of the combined standings.
The unique race weekend format provides plenty of chances for
drivers to clamber onto the top step, usually lining up for three
races per event. The championship is expected to grow yet further
in 2014, with exciting plans in offing.
MINI Challenge UK Championship promoter, Antony Williams, said:
"Pirelli is a fantastic brand to be partnered with and the company
has been very supportive of the MINI Challenge. Our relationship is
a key reason as to why our grids have been so strong in 2013, with
typically 27 or more drivers taking part in the MINI Challenge at
"The controls on tyre usage that we have put in place with
Pirelli, along with the value for money and durability that Pirelli
tyres offer mean that this key part of the budget is kept under
control. We are expecting 2014 to offer more of the same, but with
more MINI festival events, other higher profile events and improved
media coverage - all within the same sensible budgets."
Pirelli Motorsport Operations Manager, Matthew Corby, added:
"The MINI Challenge has grown from strength to strength this year
and it's fantastic that we have agreed terms to supply the MINI
Challenge crews throughout 2014. Pirelli's high performance P Zero
and Cinturato tyres have been approved for the MINI Countryman and
MINI Cooper S road cars so it only make sense to continue as the
official tyre supplier to the country's main MINI racing
"The MINI Challenge offers a fun and friendly environment,
technical parity and effective budget controls to create an overall
package which is difficult to rival in terms of value for
MINI Challenge is offering prospective drivers two chances to
taste the JCW or Cooper class cars this winter with testing at
Silverstone on 14 November and at Snetterton on 30 November.
Anthony@minichallenge.co.uk to book your place.