Bladon and Barr sign up to Mini Chal­lenge JCWS

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Sunoco Chal­lenge winner Max Bladon and Ir­ish kart­ing cham­pion Reece Barr are among the first en­tries for the Ex­celr8 Mo­tor­sport team for this year’s Mini Chal­lenge JCW Cham­pi­onship.

Reign­ing Cooper Class cham­pion Bladon, 20, won last year’s Sunoco Chal­lenge and took part in the IMSA sportscar race sup­port­ing Jan­uary’s Day­tona 24 Hours at the wheel of an As­ton Martin. He will now tackle the 255bhp JCW af­ter tak­ing over the Bizkarts-backed ma­chine for­merly raced in the se­ries by Chris Smith.

“I had been work­ing on a deal to move into GTS, but then this deal came about with Bizkarts and it seemed per­fect,” said Bladon. “The JCWS run along­side Bri­tish GT this year so it’s a big sea­son for them and the en­try is look­ing qual­ity.

“The JCW has a lot more power, but I think it will suit my driv­ing style bet­ter as you can be more ag­gres­sive with the car. In the Coop­ers you had to re­strain your­self and be smoother to make sure you car­ried speed.”

Barr, 16, grad­u­ates to the Mini Chal­lenge hav­ing won back to back Ir­ish kart­ing ti­tles in Min­i­max, be­fore rac­ing in Bri­tish Su­per One. He con­tested last year’s JCW fi­nale at Snet­ter­ton as a warm-up.

“It’s a learn­ing year for me, but I did a lot of test­ing with the car in Ire­land last year,” he said. “I’m aim­ing to keep things clean and go for con­sis­tency. I want to be in the top five in the cham­pi­onship at the end of the year.”

Barr made his de­but at Snet­ter­ton

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