Australian MINI Challenge to End in 2010


In sad news it would appear that MINI is pulling all corporate support on Australia’s MINI Challenge series. The lack of official support likely means the series will race for the last time next weekend in Sydney. It’s unclear what (if anything) this means for the European series.(Courtesy of Ausmotive)

Official Release: BMW Group Australia today announced that after three highly successful years, the MINI Challenge race series would not be continued in 2011.

The final race of the 2010 series will be the Sydney Street Circuit at Homebush on 3-5 December.

MINI national manager, David Woollcott, said the race series had been a tremendous success but was an extremely costly enterprise.

“Motorsport is becoming increasingly expensive and, together with a contraction in the television exposure, this has meant the race series has become financially unviable,” said Mr Woollcott.

David Woollcott expressed his sincere gratitude to race organizers Toleman Motorsport who operated MINI Challenge as category rights holder.

“Toleman has brought a wealth of motorsport experience to the series and has delivered three outstanding seasons of racing to the highest international standards,” said Mr Woollcott

“We owe the success of MINI Challenge in Australia to Toleman’s enthusiasm and hard work,” he said.

“MINI would also like to recognize the contribution of all those who participated in MINI Challenge including V8 Supercars, CAMS, our series sponsors Hertz and Pizza Capers and most of all, the teams and drivers who made MINI Challenge such a thrilling spectacle,” said Mr Woollcott.

  • Michael Green

    Of course! The semester I go to Australia to study abroad, Hillsong United does an American tour and MINI Challenge shuts down. Facepalm

  • Robert Fairchild

    on another note, watch Australian ebay for some cheap used challenge cars.

    Sucks for people who invested in the cars so they could race to have the race go poof.

    Here in Hawaii there are lots of 6-9 seconds dragster cars and sprint cars without anywhere to race after the only track shut down years ago. Autocrossers are lucky to have a stadium parking lot.

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  • Liam

    I’m pretty sure the racecars are leased from BMW, so it will be interesting to see if they are sent off overseas or sold locally.

  • lilcoopr

    Liam: looks like the cars were sold, not leased, for the Challenge.

    But Robert: I bet we will see some on ebay Australia soon! 😀

  • Greg W

    The New Zealand MINI Challenge also ended earlier in the year before the 2010/2011 season. This was due to dwindling fields and the politics of the NZ Motorsport Association. As well the costs too BMW Group NZ were too high for the eight (out of 18 cars) left racing and were re-classed to race in the Production car class. Some are being converted to RHD for Targa racers. The NZ MINI Challenge could not compete with the single class series for Suzuki Swift cars (1600cc) see due to the lower purchase price and running costs. The Suzuki Swifts class will start in Australia this season, and may feature a trans-tasman series. MINI Challenge cars are basically too expensive – bang for buck wise.

  • Matt “Dr Obnxs” Richter

    Time to buy a car, put it away for 25 years… then run it at the Montery Historics!