Bulldog Racing, MINI’s racing partner for all things Nurburgring has been gearing up for a this year’s 24 Hours of the Nürburgring with two entries. Expanding from last year’s single entry, the team is once again field a GP-like JCW. However new for this year is a manual transmission JCW co-driven by none other than Charlie Cooper, John Cooper’s grandson.

Fresh off their impressive performances in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) and RCN, Bulldog Racing is a new manual transmission JCW entry (#126) in the VT2-FWD class. But that’s not all – the beloved red MINI John Cooper Works #112, a fan favorite from last year’s 50th anniversary 24-hour race, has been given a thorough upgrade during the winter break in Nürburg and will be back in action in the SP3T class.

Stefanie Wurst, Head of the MINI Brand, is excited about what Bulldog Racing’s two MINI John Cooper Works cars represent for the brand, saying “On our path to becoming an all-electric brand, we are working very intensively on concepts for John Cooper Works models with an electrified drivetrain. We are delighted that two MINI John Cooper Works race cars from Bulldog Racing are flying the flag for us in this 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.”

Charlie Cooper (GBR), grandson of John Cooper – the inventor of the iconic Mini Cooper in 1961 – makes his 24-hour race debut. Charlie has already completed two NLS races in 2023 and successfully qualified for his DMSB Permit Nordschleife, so he’s more than ready for the challenge. Look for the rest of the driver line-up and technical details of the race cars set to be announced at a later date.