Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Sea­son pre­view, p14

James Turk­ing­ton will en­ter the Mini Chal­lenge this sea­son for his first full sea­son of Bri­tish rac­ing.

Turk­ing­ton, the 22-year-old younger brother of two-time Bri­tish Tour­ing Car cham­pion Colin, has signed to race a new Gen 3 F56 Chal­lenge car with the Ex­celr8 team.

The Por­ta­d­own res­i­dent has pre­vi­ous tin-top ex­pe­ri­ence from Ir­ish rac­ing, mak­ing his com­pe­ti­tion de­but in a Ford Fi­esta Zetec in 2013 be­fore mov­ing up to the SEAT Su­per­copa Ire­land last sea­son. He has only raced on Bri­tish soil once, at Brands Hatch in 2013 at the wheel of a Fi­esta.

Turk­ing­ton got his first run in his new Mini at Don­ing­ton Park last week. He said: “The car was great fun. I thought a lot about what to race this year and Colin had driven one of the older- gen­er­a­tion Mini Chal­lenge cars be­fore so sug­gested I had a look. The cham­pi­onship is re­ally com­pet­i­tive and the new car seems to have taken off in a big way.

“Hav­ing raced the SEAT last year I’m used to a 300bhp front-wheel-drive for­mat. The Mini has around the same power, but sit­ting on the right and us­ing the se­quen­tial gear­box took some ad­just­ing to.

“I have no real tar­gets this year. I just want to en­joy my rac­ing. Peo­ple of­ten say does Colin guide me. Yeah we have a few chats and ban­ter over the ta­ble at break­fast, and he feeds me some good ad­vice, but this was my choice. Tour­ing cars one day would be a dream, but it’s not the be-all and end-all for me. I’ll see how this year goes be­fore mak­ing any fur­ther plans.”

Turk­ing­ton has tested the Mini

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