Mini 7 Racing Club to allow modified Minis with Libre class
The Mini Seven Racing Club will introduce a new Libre class next season after expanding its technical regulations.
The club has traditionally only run the lesser-powered Se7en and 1.3-litre Miglia fields, but will add a third category for modified cars to run on the same grid at the Miglias. The new class will cater for any steel-bodied Mini running an A-series engine block and 10-inch wheels. Aside from those criteria the formula is free.
Mini Seven Racing Club commercial manager Colin Peacock said he hoped the new class would swell grid numbers and eventually bring more drivers into the traditional Miglia category.
“There are around 50 racing Minis that have been modified beyond our championship regulations, but have been shut away in garages and we want to give them a place to run,” said Peacock.
“The Libre class will run at the back of the Miglias, possibly with a delayed start, so the single grid will form two events. We will also award the prestigious ST Trophy – the original Miglia championship trophy – to the end of season Libre champion. We want to give more cars the chance to experience racing with the club, and hopefully some will convert to racing in the Miglias one day.”
The M7RC has also firmed up its calendar for next season and will retain its European round at Zandvoort. The round, which headlines the British Racing Festival event, has moved from being the finale this year to being round two in 2017.
Libres will be allowed in 2017