BMW 330 se­ries on hold this year

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The new BMW 330 Chal­lenge is un­likely to have its in­au­gu­ral race this sea­son to al­low driv­ers more time to fine tune the cars.

The BMW Race­daysrun se­ries was due to have its first round at Don­ing­ton Park last month and the planned round at Oul­ton Park last week­end was shelved. It is now more likely to be­gin in 2017 to give more time for build and test­ing.

“We’ve got a good num­ber of cars that are just on the verge of be­ing com­pleted but own­ers and driv­ers are ner­vous about rac­ing them as it would be the first time the cars are driven in anger,” said se­ries or­gan­iser Paul Mcer­lean.

“Our heart says let’s just go rac­ing but our heads are say­ing be sen­si­ble and ac­cept a race wouldn’t have been fea­si­ble this year.”

Mcer­lean added that it is still pos­si­ble for the 330 Chal­lenge to have a maiden out­ing at Sil­ver­stone on Oc­to­ber 15, if enough driv­ers are will­ing to take part.

A num­ber of the com­pleted cars have now started test­ing and Mcer­lean said they are de­vel­op­ing well: “The lap times are re­ally good – they’re about six or seven sec­onds quicker than the [sis­ter se­ries] Com­pact Cup cars al­ready.”

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