But­ler-hen­der­son back to de­fend his Chal­lenge ti­tle with back­ing from Mini UK team

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Reign­ing Mini Chal­lenge cham­pion Char­lie But­lerHen­der­son will re­turn to de­fend his ti­tle this year af­ter sign­ing to be­come an am­bas­sador of the mar­que.

But­ler-hen­der­son will re­turn to the se­ries un­der the new fac­tory sup­ported Mini UK VIP Cus­tomer Sup­port Team ban­ner, and will run his car in the orig­i­nal John Cooper Works colours. But­ler-hen­der­son is the sec­ond driver to re­ceive sup­port from Mini UK, fol­low­ing Dakar Rally driver Harry Hunt.

But­ler-hen­der­son, who took seven race wins on his way to the ti­tle last year when run­ning with the Oak­field Mo­tor­sport team, said: “To be rep­re­sent­ing Mini UK is an hon­our.

“The cham­pi­onship will be hard work this sea­son with 32 cars en­tered. I tested with the Mini UK team re­cently and the car feels bril­liant but the change to Dun­lop tyres [from Pirelli] for this year means ev­ery­body will have to re­vise their set-ups and driv­ing styles as get­ting heat into the new tyres is tougher.

“I’m not sur­prised the num­bers are up this year. The F56 cars are great – they’re fast, pop flames out the back and are fun to drive.”

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