Mini 7 Rac­ing Club to al­low mod­i­fied Mi­nis with Li­bre class

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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

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