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PRESS RELEASE: 24.09.14

New car, split grids and innovative cost-cutting measures headline 2015 Power Maxed MINI Challenge Championship

The Power Maxed MINI Challenge Championship will take a further step towards establishing itself as the UK’s leading single-make tin-top car series in 2015 by dramatically expanding track time, while also reducing costs and introducing an exciting new car.

Split Grids

From 2015 onwards the MINI Challenge will employ split grid races, doubling its track time and exposure. The introduction of the new-generation turbocharged F56 machine is a big step for the championship, further aligning the MINI Challenge with its parent manufacturer. Next year the Gen 3 F56 machines will share a grid with the current R56 JCW Class cars to form the fastest grid of MINIs in UK motorsport.

The Cooper Class will also benefit from having its own grids, instead of being combined with the faster classes. The naturally aspirated category has formed the core of the MINI Challenge since its inception in 2000, and by providing standalone races it gives the class the platform to continue its growth.

Total track time for the MINI Challenge will increase to 2 1⁄2 hours across all three classes with typical rounds featuring triple-header 20minute races and 15 minute qualifying sessions for each of the grids.

Cut Costs

Series organisers have also acted to cut costs for competitors. For 2015 entry fee levels will again be trimmed for the second year running, appealing to the pockets of both clubmen and career-minded racers.

A typical reduction of 10% applies across all three classes for drivers taking advantage of early bird rates to sign up for the full championship. Drivers signing up early for the Gen 3 F56 category can save £750, with an impressive £1,350 saving on offer for the proven R56 JCW category over the 2014 fee. The Cooper Class registration fee has also been slashed by £550.

New loyalty and referral schemes have also been introduced. Drivers that have contested full seasons in the MINI Challenge since 2013 can enjoy a further discount on the registration cost of 5% per year they have competed.

The referral scheme will then offer percentage returns should any current, registered MINI Challenge driver successfully recommend a new driver to register for the full 2015 championship. Each paid-up referral will be rewarded with 20% discounts, offering drivers the chance to earn back chunks off their registration fee.

New Machinery

Sales of the new Generation 3 F56 MINI Challenge car are now open with early bird discounts and strong interest already being reported from existing Power Maxed MINI Challenge drivers and new drivers alike.

A total of 32 cars will be built in time for the start of the 2015 championship, and a host of serious enquiries have already been made from both the UK and abroad. The Gen 3 F56 Class will become the premiere class of the MINI Challenge, with the eventual champion claiming the outright title. The new cars feature a two-litre turbocharged engine pushing out approaching 275bhp and will be fitted with Pirelli racing slick tyres.

The price for the first ten machines has been set at £30,950+VAT, with the next five ordered priced at £32,950+VAT. All remaining cars sold outside of the initial batch of 15 will go for the sticker price of £34,950+VAT.

 

Provisional Calendar

DATE

CIRCUIT

CLASS

April TBC

Snetterton – MINI Race Day

All

May 9/10

Brands HP – Blancpain/MSVR PACKAGE

Turbo Cars Only

May 23/24

Rockingham – MSVR PACKAGE

All

June 20

Oulton Park – MINI FESTIVAL

All

July 25/26

Brands nd – MINI FESTIVAL

All

Aug TBC

TBC – MSVR PACKAGE

All

Sept 19/20

Donington – MSVR PACKAGE

All

Oct TBC

Cadwell Park

Cooper Only

The provisional 2015 calendar features races on the popular MSVR packages and also a guest appearance slot alongside the prestigious Blancpain GT Series event on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in May. The Cooper Class category will enjoy its own standalone event at Cadwell Park – known as the UK’s mini-Nurburgring – in October.

Antony Williams, Power Maxed MINI Challenge promoter said:

“We’re delighted to unveil our plans for the major expansion of the Power Maxed MINI Challenge for 2015. Since we took over the championship in 2013 we’ve been working hard to push the series to the top level of UK motorsport and prove it to be the country’s leading feeder categories for tin-top talent. Next year marks a big change – the introduction of the Gen 3 F56 will not only bring a new challenge for drivers by offering a significant decrease in lap time, but it will also help to further align the championship with the MINI brand.

We’ve made all decisions in conjunction with our current drivers and splitting the grids was the most popular move. The F56 and R56 machines will compliment each other by pitting two generations of race-bred Turbo cars head-to-head in what should provide a fantastic spectacle. The Cooper Class has always been the foundation of the series and running split grids is a superb chance for the cars to take their turn in the spotlight. They provide classic slipstreaming races and are a great place for novice and clubman drivers to learn the ropes of saloon car racing. It’s fast and frenetic racing at a low cost.”

Key Points:

• 2015 championship to feature split grids and double track time. New Gen 3 F56 and current R56 JCW Class cars to share races with Cooper Class category getting its own standalone events.

• The majority of events will feature triple-header 20minute races and a single 15minute qualifying session. Some rounds may feature double-header events.

• Variety of early bird discount options and opportunities available to mark the third consecutive season of cost cutting for the UK’s fastest MINI championship.

• New referral and loyalty schemes offer the opportunity of significant additional savings to further lower budgets.

• Strong interest in new Gen 3 F56 Challenge car. 32 machines are in build ahead of 2015 and the class is attracting interest from both the UK and Europe. Special offer discounts of up to £4,000 available for early orders.

 

For more information contact: 

POWER MAXED MINI CHALLENGE
Antony Williams
M: 07876 397654
T: 01508 530566
E: antony@minichallenge.co.uk
W: www.minichallenge.co.uk

 

 

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