BMW 330 Challenge delayed until August
The first round of the new BMW 330 Challenge series has been pushed back to August to allow BMW Racedays more time to develop the cars.
The inaugural meeting for the category was due to be at Snetterton earlier this month, but instead the first race will take place at Donington Park on August 27.
Series organiser Paul Mcerlean said: “We want the series to be as good as it can be [when it starts]. Research and development took a bit longer than we expected – we felt we needed a few more weeks to be absolutely certain that we have got this where we want it. The drivers felt it would be nice to get another test day in before the season started. It was the right thing to do and was well received.”
The series is based around the BMW E46 model and BMW Racedays has been developing a mandatory parts kit to ensure parity between the cars.
An agreement with Cooper Tires has also been reached for the company to supply its brand new RS3-R tyres to the series. It is the first time ex-british F3 firm Cooper has supplied control tyres for a UK one-make saloon category.
“It’s really exciting and the most exciting part is their motivation and they have looked at us as the launchpad [for the new tyres],” added Mcerlean. “We are very honoured by it. We did back to back testing and it is a standout tyre. Lap times were very impressive and the wear rate is good.”
The 330 Challenge is the sister series of the successful Compact Cup category, which has averaged over 40 cars so far this year.