the scoop on MINI’s JCW Challenge Race car test at Silverstone. Here’s an excerpt:

>Newly announced Avon Tyres British GT Championship driver Paul O’Neill was amongst the drivers to get a taste of the brand new MINI John Cooper Works Challenge when the car hit the track for the first time at Silverstone.

>”It’s a great car to drive, like a refined touring car,” O’Neill said. “The engine’s very powerful, the power comes in very smoothly and it feels a lot lighter than it looks.

>”It’s very good in the middle of the corner and you can get it to hop around, so you can dictate where it goes on the exit – it doesn’t have the understeer you normally associate with front wheel drive cars.

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