What’s the John Cooper Challenge you ask? The ultimate way to test your skill and your JCW MINI. As another season of the JCW Challenge is about to get underway we thought it might be a good idea to give some of the MINI newbies a little background on the series (from JCW PR):

The 2005 John Cooper Challenge is a race series based on the road going MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S but specially built, and race prepared by John Cooper Works. It was set up as a low cost formula for amateur and novice drivers and created by Mike Cooper in 2002 to celebrate his father’s unique association with Minis old and new. The John Cooper Challenge was conceived as a ‘package’ with all technical, sporting and marketing assistance and management provided to the competitors, and co-ordinated with the promotional and marketing activities through press and television exposure.


In its fourth year the 2005 championship calendar is made up from 6 weekends, all double headers boasting 12 rounds. All races are supporting the prostigious F3 and GT series. The season starts for the competitors with an exclusive Test Day at Goodwood Circuit in March to ‘shake down’ the cars.

The mighty John Cooper Works MINI Cooper S will be uprated for 2005 to 210 bhp. 12 of the 210bhp racers will share the grid with 18 of the existing Cooper Works cars as the Challenge heads through its fourth season.

“The new 210 bhp Works Cooper S is an unbelievable car,” says Mike Cooper, chairman of John Cooper Works. “2004 showed us some brilliant racing and I am sure this will continue for 2005.”

A maximum of 30 cars across the two classes are eligible for the 2005 John Cooper Challenge, thus ensuring that all competitors can be accommodated on one grid.


MINI offers a similar series in Germany called the MINI Challenge (seen above at the Nurburgring). Of course the big question is, when can we expect a series on the other side of the pond?

You can read more, including class specifications, at the link below.

[JCW Challenge Info ]