The MINI CHALLENGE has been the single make championship for the new MINI since 2002 and is renowned for competitive, fair and cost-effective racing.
In 2015 the launch of the new third-generation racing car has created even more excitement about the championship, and with 30 of these cars either built or ordered, 2016 looks set to be the best yet.
The arrangement with Dunlop includes a very comprehensive changeover package for competitors entering the 2016 championship, full on-event support, joint marketing activity and a BTCC test for the winner of the 2016 MINI CHALLENGE Championship.
Dunlop were the tyre partner to the MINI CHALLENGE UK from its inception to 2010 and to the MINI CHALLENGE elsewhere around the world from 2006, so this announcement is a return back to the championship’s roots.
Dunlop also supply tyres to many other British championships, including the flagship BTCC.
Antony Williams, Championship Promoter said:
“We are delighted to be returning to partner with Dunlop again and very much look forward to maximising the potential of this partnership in the years to come. The change back to Dunlop reinforces the path from MINI CHALLENGE to BTCC, which in recent years has become more pronounced with a number of BTCC teams such as BTCC Champions Team Dynamics entering the MINI CHALLENGE. The addition of a BTCC test for our 2016 Champion is the icing on the cake.
Pirelli have been a great partner over the last few years and I would personally like to thank Matthew Corby and his team for their support. The Pirelli product has been excellent and the service we have received from Pirelli and Pro-Tyre has been of a very high standard.
Our competitors are our number 1 priority and we are also very pleased to confirm that competitors entering the 2016 season will receive a generous changeover package from Dunlop and Total Track”.
Dunlop UK Motorsport Manager Michael Butler said:
“We are proud to partner the MINI CHALLENGE again, as it is a prestigious, professionally run, premium championship at some of the UK’s best circuits. The current MINI road cars feature Dunlop tyres, including our latest RunOnFlat tyres, extending a Dunlop-Mini partnership that began in 1959. We have developed a new tyre to suit powerful front-wheel-drive cars, inspired by our successful Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship control tyre”