Top Mighty Mini cham­pion plots clas­sic race out­ings

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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.”

Stafford is mul­ti­ple Mini cham­pion

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