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2013 MINI Racing Season Wrapping Up

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Nov 4th, 2013 2 Comments

Official Release from MINI Motorsports: A thrilling and eventful MINI Challenge season is slowly but surely drawing to a close. Time for a review. As well as the series in Argentina, Italy, Great Britain and Switzerland, the protagonists in action in Germany’s MINI TROPHY also ensured the name MINI remains synonymous with excitement.

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Davis Wins Pirelli World Challenge Championship In A MINI

MotoringFile Sections: B-Spec, Motorsports, Official News Oct 28th, 2013 2 Comments

Official Release from MINI USA: Robbie Davis won the Touring Car B-Spec Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship in his MINI Cooper, run by the MINI of Charleston Racing Team. The American, who since 2007 has lined up in numerous series with a modified MINI Cooper S, produced a courageous performance in his adopted home of Houston. He refused to be denied by a crash and fought back to finish in the points while his closest rivals faltered.

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MINI Wins Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship

MotoringFile Sections: Countryman WRC, Motorsports, R60 (Countryman) Oct 6th, 2013 No Comments

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MINI may be out of the WRC as a factory team but in the hands of private teams, MINI continues to perform well. Case in point Luis Monzón who claimed the first title for the MINI John Cooper Works WRC in the Spanish Tarmac Rally Championship. And the experienced 46-year-old did so without even lining up at the Rallye Villa de Llanes. Five wins in six rounds proved sufficient for Monzón to secure the title with two events remaining. The Spaniard now has two overall victories to his name, having also won the championship in 2001. continued →

MINI Takes X Games Munich Gold in Rallycross

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Jul 8th, 2013 No Comments

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Official news from MINI Motorsport: Liam Doran was the dominant Rallycross driver at the X Games in Munich. The British MINI driver not only won two medals, but also put on a spectacular show for the fans.

The fans in the packed grandstands held their breath as Liam Doran launched another attack from the outside lane on the starting straight. Fearless and utterly committed, the Brit in the black MINI RX found the ideal line to spectacularly take over at the front of a field full of big-name drivers on Sunday afternoon. Two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom, drift freak Ken Block and seven other competitors were left in his wake on the 800-metre Rallycross circuit, which was made up of a mixture of gravel and asphalt.

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A Twin-Engine R53 Race Car for Thunder Hill

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, R53 (Coupe) Jul 7th, 2013 4 Comments

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When we got an email from Jerry Bradbury, the team manager for the TWINI racing effort, we couldn’t quite believe what he was telling us. He and his team have put together an R53 race car to compete in the 25 hours of Thunderhill this coming December. While every MINI race car is something great, Team TWINI gets special credit for building a twin engine MINI. Not one, but two supercharged 1.6L JCW engines power this unique racing machine. For all of you who’ve always wanted an AWD, 400 hp MINI, this is one way to do it! Most entertaining of all, they got the idea from a twin engine Mini built back in the day by John Cooper himself.

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New Episode of DRIVE Features the MINI Dakar Racing Team

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Countryman Dakar, Video Jul 1st, 2013 No Comments

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Every wonder what’s behind the Dakar winning MINI? Drive’s DRIVEN program, takes us behind-the-scenes to look at Team X-Raid, the clever chaps behind the two-time Dakar winning MINI off road racing team. Everything from the cars being built to action in the desert. If you’re a MINI or motorsports fan, you won’t want to miss this. continued →


Classic Minis Race at Brands Hatch

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Events, Motorsports, Official News Jun 28th, 2013 No Comments

Classic Mini Racing at Brands Hatch

This story comes to us from MINI Motorsport

The 2013 MINI Festival at Brands Hatch presented MINI fans with first-rate racing action. The occasion: 50 years of the MINI Cooper S.

Exciting races, international stars, stunts, and a feast of entertainment at the iconic Brands Hatch Circuit: last weekend, the 2013 MINI Festival in the English county of Kent was the hub of the MINI universe. Brands Hatch was the site of spectacular scenes. The occasion: the 50th anniversary of the MINI Cooper S. And the 2013 MINI Festival also featured a true racing premiere, as the title “Champion of MINI Festival” was awarded for the first time.

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