BMW 330 Chal­lenge de­layed un­til Au­gust

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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.

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