MINI Challenge to Join British GT Support Package for 2017

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From 2017, the MINI Challenge will be on the support package for British GT. The series, which premiered in 2002, is a one-make championship for BMW Mini cars that split into four categories.

The series will also receive greater support from MINI UK over the course of the season. Run by MSVR, it has seen over 60 drivers compete this season and will look to establish a large grid as a result of the announcement.

Drivers so far compete in four classes, with the main class, JCW, currently being led David Grady. Other classes are also open for Cooper’s and their compatriots in the Cooper S. The final class, Open 180, is also available to those with older models previously featured in the Challenge.

“I am thrilled that MINI Challenge is supporting the well-established British GT Championship with exiting and close racing from 2017 onwards.” started Nicolas Griebner, head of product at MINI UK.

“British GT has grown in the last 20 years to become the world foremost domestic sports car series, whilst MINI Challenge has also become one of the best one-make series in the UK since 2001.”

“Supporting the MINI Challenge means we can also filter technology from racing down to our road car range, as evidenced by the new MINI John Cooper Works Challenge edition, which gives customers the purest possible experience on the road.”

The MINI Challenge will feature eight rounds, of which, six will be part of the British GT package. Two further events will see them headline the MINI Festival at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park.