The 51st running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours is just hours away and we already have our first big update. Last year’s crowd favorite, the GP based #112 MINI JCW, was withdrawn after persistent tire problems. But the team is hoping for better luck this year with the #126 manual transmission JCW 1to6.

The car is entered in the VT2 class, which is for production-based vehicles with a displacement of 1,600 to 2,000 cc and turbochargers. In the third qualifying session, the black MINI John Cooper Works with Sebastian Sauerbrei at the wheel was able to improve noticeably and set a fastest lap time of 10:37.787 minutes. This puts the car ninth in its class.

Nurburgring 24 Hours

The #126 MINI John Cooper Works will be driven by Charlie Cooper (GB), Christoph Kragenings (GER), Sebastian Sauerbrei (GER) and Michael Mönch (GER). Charlie Cooper is the grandson of the legendary John Cooper, inventor of the Mini Cooper.

The race will start on Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 AM and will run for 24 hours.