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Rac­ing novice Les Stan­ton is aim­ing to make more out­ings this year with his unique Mini Es­tate af­ter de­but­ing the car at Brands Hatch last week­end.

Stour­bridge-based Stan­ton, 36, has been build­ing the space­frame racer for the last six years through his Ex­tremem­i­ busi­ness. It fea­tures a Yamaha R1 bike en­gine pro­duc­ing 292bhp and is rear-wheel driven.

Stan­ton made his rac­ing de­but on what was the car’s first ever out­ing in the Mini Fes­ti­val’s Fastest Mini in the World event. He qual­i­fied sixth but failed to fin­ish ei­ther race due to tech­ni­cal grem­lins.

“The car is just bril­liant to drive,” said Stan­ton. “We opted for the es­tate bodyshell as it gives us six inches ex­tra of wheel­base, which re­ally helps the car cope with the ex­tra power as a stan­dard Mini chas­sis just wouldn’t han­dle it.

“The front and rear sub­frames are from a Z Car chas­sis and we’ve got var­i­ous bits of Lo­tus Elise in there too, such as the pedal box, so it’s a real hy­brid.

“It was a tough, but bril­liant week­end. Small things like leads pop­ping off cost us, but we’ve got plenty of de­vel­op­ment to do with the car still.

“We want to run it more this year but we’re search­ing for the right cham­pi­onship to do as it’s quite hard to find the right reg­u­la­tions to run some­thing like this.”

Mini Es­tate runs a Yamaha R1 en­gine

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