As one of the leading single-make championships in the UK, the MINI Challenge series has been signed to be a support race for the British GT Championship for the 2017 season.
With each team provided with the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge edition, MINI UK has also announced it will provide extra support for the series from next year, including providing parts and technical support.
The Challenge series has been signed by SRO Motorsports Group, and the races will be run as double and triple-headers during SRO race weekends, which are headed by the British GT Championship and the BRDC Formula 3 Championship.
The series will run for eight rounds, with six of those alongside the British GT Championship while the other two will headline MotorSport Vision Racing’s MINI Festivals at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park. MSVR will continue to administer the series.
The forced induction Cooper S and naturally aspirated Cooper race series will continue to run as part of MSVR events around the UK. Antony Williams, promoter for the MINI Challenge series, said:
"This is an exciting new era for the MINI CHALLENGE and shows how far we've come as a championship in the last four years with the support of MSVR and all our partners including Powerflex, Scorpion, Manic and Dunlop, who have been a key part of our success. To be racing on the SRO package – home of the hugely popular British GT and BRDC British Formula 3 championships – is great for driver exposure and also for MINI as a brand to be seen racing on one of Britain’s most popular motor sport stages."