Look for much more on this team and the car next week.

Official news from MINI Motorsports: For the first time D├â┬Ârr Motorsport starts a MINI at the legendary 24h race N├â┬╝rburgring this year. In the background of this, D├â┬Ârr cleverly promotes young long-distance drivers.

This year the MINI commitment may be starting under the Olympic motto of “It’s the taking part that counts”, but D├â┬Ârr has set his sights on a clear goal: Next year, two MINI race cars are due to start, one of them with four junior racing drivers from other long-distance series behind the wheel.

To have the best possible car in place for 2012, D├â┬Ârr has four veterans driving this year’s MINI. “With Christian Penno, Friedrich Holoch, Roland Konrad and Heiko Hahn we are lining up with very experienced drivers who are well qualified to give us feedback on what we might be able to improve. Then we go from there.” However, D├â┬Ârr is not worried about having to deal with any major problems. He knows all about the quality of the MINI. “The car is already running very well,” D├â┬Ârr says.

Then, in 2012, D├â┬Ârr makes dreams come true. This spring four junior racing drivers have started behind the wheel of a 220 bhp MINI Cooper S at the RCN Rundstrecken-Challenge N├â┬╝rburgring. After the 24h race, which the four youngsters will not yet compete in, they will start at the VLN long-distance championship at the N├â┬╝rburgring. Those who prove themselves in this series can look forward to a starting place at the renowned 24-hour race next year.

D├â┬Ârr is also keen to listen to the opinions of the junior drivers. After all, they were practically raised in the “Green Hell” with their experience at the N├â┬╝rburgring Nordschleife. And so the future looks bright for D├â┬Ârr and his young drivers. “The next group are already just around the corner,” says D├â┬Ârr.