New bud­get class for Mini Chal­lenge next year

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The Mini Chal­lenge will in­tro­duce a new bud­get class for next sea­son in an ef­fort to lower Cooper Class costs.

For next sea­son the Coop­ers will be split into two cat­e­gories – Cooper Pro and Cooper Am.

The new Cooper Am class will run for cars with min­i­mal mod­i­fi­ca­tions with bud­gets es­ti­mated to be around £10,000 per sea­son for a privateer en­try run­ning their own car.

The Cooper Pro class will run for the cur­rent nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 1.6-litre 130bhp cars, which are also fit­ted with the six-speed Cooper S gear­box. The Am cars will be de­tuned to 120bhp and will re­tain the stan­dard five-speed gear­box, which is cur­rently used in the Scot­tish Mini Cooper Cup. The Am class will also run on treaded Dun­lop tyres, in­stead of slicks.

A con­ver­sion kit of build parts will be sup­plied for the new Am cars and costs £3495 + VAT, or ready to race pack­ages will cost £6495 +VAT with a donor car.

Mini Chal­lenge pro­moter Antony Wil­liams said: “Bud­gets are still the big­gest chal­lenge in mo­tor­sport, and the Cooper Am class is a stripped-back op­tion, which should al­low driv­ers to build a car and have a full sea­son of rac­ing for around £10,000. Re­mov­ing a bit of power lets us keep the stan­dard gear­box, which saves a lot.”

Cooper Am costs will be lower

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