But­ler-hen­der­son to re­turn after Mini crash

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Reign­ing Mini Chal­lenge cham­pion Char­lie But­lerHen­der­son has won his race against time to se­cure a new car ahead of this week­end’s sea­son fi­nale at Snet­ter­ton.

But­ler-hen­der­son’s orig­i­nal F56 JCW ma­chine was writ­ten off dur­ing an air­borne ac­ci­dent on the first lap of the first race of the last round at Oul­ton Park in Au­gust.

The Mini UK am­bas­sador has since se­cured fund­ing to have an en­tirely new ma­chine built by Ex­celr8 Mo­tor­sport in time to re­turn to the class and at­tempt to de­fend his crown.

But­ler-hen­der­son trails David Grady by 12 points, but leads the class by a sin­gle point when dropped scores are fac­tored in.

“I’ve had to beg, bor­row and call in ev­ery favour I’ve ever been owed to get the car ready,” he said. “About the only sal­vage­able bit from the old car was my name sticker on the dash! The new car was com­pleted last Wed­nes­day and we had time for just a half-day test at Snet­ter­ton to shake it down, but we man­aged to get a base set-up on it and the car feels re­ally, re­ally good.

“I had to make it back to the grid, and it’s been blood, sweat and tears, but the times we put in dur­ing the test were en­cour­ag­ing, so I’m def­i­nitely in with a shot of de­fend­ing this ti­tle.”

But­ler-hen­der­son was in­volved in huge Oul­ton crash, but will race in Mini fi­nale at Snet­ter­ton

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