New budget class for Mini Challenge next year
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