Best of British prize allows Grady to return to defend Mini Challenge title
Reigning Mini Challenge champion David Grady will defend his crown this year after landing a £14,000 budget boost having won the series’ Best of British Award.
Grady was picked as the award winner by a panel of judges following his title-winning campaign last season, in which he netted five race wins on his way to a maiden Mini title.
He will receive a prize package of entry fees, fuel and tyres to help him defend his title.
The 31-year-old from Leicester will again run his F56 JCW machine under his family Unitec Motorsport banner.
“In truth if it wasn’t for the prize I was looking at sitting this year out to save budget, but it’s really cemented my plans,” said Grady.
“This year is a big one for the Challenge, with it moving on to the British GT support bill, so having a good crack at defending the title with number one on the car means a lot. It’s a great prize for the series to offer and really pays back all of the hard work from last year.
“I’m feeling less pressure this season. Some drivers feel more being the reigning champion, or the target, but I feel it now means I have nothing left to prove. I’m going out aiming to be consistent and take calculated risks and hopefully we’ll be in the hunt again at the end of this season.”