Top Mighty Mini champion plots classic race outings
Multiple Mini racing champion Elliot Stafford will move into historic racing next season after completing the build of a 1963 Cooper S.
Stafford, who has won both the Mighty and Super Mighty Championship titles in recent years, is planning a dual assault on both Masters and Historic Sports Car Club events next season in the 1293cc-engined 130bhp machine.
The 30-year-old from Bury St Edmonds has built the car alongside his father, Paul. He will run it in a selection of events next season and hasn’t ruled out racing his Super Mighty challenger in the BARC-RUN series also.
“We’ve taken a bit of a break this season to concentrate on getting the Cooper ready,” said Stafford. “I’ve wanted to get into the classic racing for a while as there are some really high-quality drivers there and a lot of the top ex-mini racing champions and I want to test myself against them.
“The car will take some adapting to as it has more power than my Super Mighty and it also has a limited slip differential. It’s like having the power of a Mini Miglia and the grip of a Seven rolled into one car. It should be great fun.”