The MINI CHALLENGE has become firmly established as one of the most important single make championships in the UK thanks to its combination of class structure, cost effectiveness and professionalism. The MINI brand brings a high level of public awareness to the championship and, to the astute aspiring race driver, it can be considered as a direct route to the BTCC.
The Cooper Pro Class car uses a 130Bhp 1.6lt normally aspirated engine, slick tyres and single way adjustable AST dampers. Offering surprising performance, agile handling and incredible grip from durable Dunlop tyres, it is not unusual to see these MINIs chasing down supercars that cost 20 times as much on test days!
The ultra reliable 6 speed Cooper S BKD gearbox is employed and mated with a competition clutch, to improve transmission reliability without unreasonable costs.
As with the Cooper Am class, the car is best suits those new to motorsport, with some karting experience, or those who just want ultra close, fair racing on a high profile stage with budgets only marginally higher than the Cooper Am class, once the car is purchased/built.
The Cooper Class is the ultimate in low budget MINI racing, whilst still retaining the great exposure, top circuits, spare parts service, hospitality and TV coverage all of which are synonymous with the MINI CHALLENGE.
The Cooper Am car uses the same 1.6lt normally aspirated engine as the Cooper Class, but with the minimum weight increased by 30kg. The regulations allow the use of any single way adjustable damper, to enable cars used on trackdays to transition to a competitive environment at minimal cost.
Treaded tyres and sensible transmission regulations also help to reduce budgets, whilst the specification allows competitors to cost effectively upgrade their cars to Cooper Pro spec after a season or two racing.
The class is best suited to those new to motorsport, with some karting experience, or those who just want ultra close, fair racing on a high profile stage, but with a low budgets.
To register your interest in the MINI CHALLENGE and for more information please contact Championship Promoter Antony Williams: