The MINI CHALLENGE is THE Championship for the new MINI in the UK since 2002 and has always enjoyed great grids, colourful cars and close racing. Over the years The MINI CHALLENGE has built a reputation for affordability, fairness and fun, by building on the iconic MINI Brand and benefiting from being the only MINI CHAMPIONSHIP to enjoy the support of MINI UK. 2017 will be a major step forward again with the calendar increasing to 13 events and the JCW class supporting the prestigious British GT package. The 2017 Calendar will see the JCW Class visit 8 circuits, whilst other classes will enjoy 7 visits to the best circuits in the UK. This season will also enjoy various prizes including a Dunlop sponsored test day in a top BTCC car for both the JCW Class Champion and another driver selected from the top 3 in each of the Open and Cooper classes. The multi-class structure enables drivers with varying degrees of experience and budget to be part of The MINI CHALLENGE, whilst providing a natural route for progression. As a true single make/model championship scrutineering controls mean that fairness is maintained so that drivers and teams can be sure that only skill and legitimate knowledge will have a bearing on race results. Budgets are also kept under control through restrictions on tyre use and widespread use of control parts in areas where performance advantage could be gained. The MINI CHALLENGE is ‘The Place to Race’
COOPER PRO COOPER PRO The Cooper Pro Class car uses the same engine as the Cooper Am car, but with slick tyres and control single way adjustable dampers. The car is best suited to those new to car racing, those stepping up from the Cooper Am class, those with some karting experience, or those who just want ultra close, fair racing on a high profile stage, but still with budgets under control.
COOPER AM The entry level Cooper Am Class car uses a 135 Bhp 1.6lt normally aspirated engine, treaded tyres and single way adjustable dampers. The car 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, on a tight budget.
OPEN CLASS The Open Class caters for all previous MINI CHALLENGE classes and other R53 & R56 MINIs racing in multi-marque series. The Open Class delivers exhilarating performance with a regulated BHP per ton limit, but keeps running costs low through the use of treaded tyres and a flexible approach to parts use.