Best of Bri­tish prize al­lows Grady to re­turn to de­fend Mini Chal­lenge ti­tle

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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.”

Grady (left) won Mini Chal­lenge out­right last sea­son

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