Stuart Gibbs will return for another season with Excelr8 Motorsport. Stuart joined the MINI CHALLENGE after a long break where previously he’s raced in Rallycross in Germany (17 years ago). Stuart has always loved any form of Motorsport. With his prostheses fitted Stuart decided that he wanted another go at racing. He looked around and had many offers from various championships before deciding that the MINI CHALLENGE was the best route and he consequently signed up for an initial 2-year programme.  Year 1 to learn race craft and get used to the car and year 2 to start challenging.2018 will be a much strong year for Stuart, with big aspirations for the season, a new sponsor in the form of OBP who will assist Stuart to get the best out of the car and the help of Excelr8 motorsport “I’ve had a lot of jobs but my dream job was to do this. When I had the motorcycle accident I thought that was all over and then when I joined BLESMA who are a charity that help ex veterans and soldiers with bad injuries they told me to turn a negative into a positive. So now I’m here, done a season and looking forward to the second one”.“It was a real hard, upward curve last season but I did ok. Out of 35 cars I was 20th overall and I was only 8 points [...]
Multiple racing champion David Robinson will aim to add this year’s MINI CHALLENGE JCW honours to his career haul after signing with Excelr8 Motorsport. Robinson, 29, will tackle the full JCW season with Excelr8, having made an impressive debut in last year’s season finale at Donington Park. Robinson turned heads by qualifying fifth overall – the highest of any guest driver last season – in the car usually raced by James Turkington. While some technical niggles limited his results, Robinson got a good enough taste of the JCWs to sign up for the full 2018 campaign.“The JCWs are very different to the Caterhams I used to race. They’re the first front-wheel-drive cars I’ve raced and I’ve also not done much with slick tyres before, and it’s amazing how much more reactive a car gets on slicks. “The aim for this year is to go for the championship. I realise it’s my first year, but you have to aim high. It’ll be a tough challenge as the pack is very tight and the competition seems very high. Working with Excelr8 will be great. They’re a top team and know the cars inside-out. “ Brett Smith is moving on for this year, so somebody has to emerge as the new frontrunner and it will be interesting to see who does. You can play a lot [...]
Taelor Shand joins Excelr8 Motorsport for her first full season racing in the MINI CHALLENGE in the JCW class. Taelor is no stranger to racing in Mini’s however, Taelor’s first experience of circuit racing was in 2015 in the last two rounds of the Scottish Mini Cooper Championship at Knockhill having spent the majority of that year just testing. 2016 was her first full season in the Scottish Mini Cooper Championship and she managed to improve on her lap times and grid positions as the season progressed and also took the overall Ladies Championship that year. In 2016 she also raced in the English MINI CHALLENGE at Snetterton in the Open Class in an R53 Cooper S which gave her the first taste of racing in this Championship. 2017 saw her team up with Minimax for the season where she improved round on round and regularly qualifying within a second of pole position and finishing within the top ten with her best result at Rockingham in the away round where she finished 5th overall. The 2018 season started for Taelor at what was the last round of the 2017 MINI CHALLENGE where she got her first taste of her JCW car, as she looks forward to the 2018 season Taelor had this to say on the season ahead  “Expectations for 2018 include gai [...]
Jac will compete in the premier class within the MINI CHALLENGE Series boasting grids of over 30 drivers. With identical 2 litre turbo 265bhp JCW cars the MINI CHALLENGE has in recent years raised its profile to become one of the stand out one make championships on the UK National Scene. In 2018 The Series will support 6 British GT Championship Rounds and 2 MSVR “Mini Festival” events. "It’s finally a relief to confirm that I will be competing in the JCW MINI CHALLENGE for 2018. Having tested various formula since last summer I feel this series is the perfect step for my motorsport career. Joining a proven team like ExcelR8 Motorsport will make it a promising and positive year. I have to thank Silverstone Paint Technology & Angle Consulting Ltd for their support. I truly can’t wait to go testing!" - Jac Maybin We are absolutely delighted to have Jac on board. He might be young in years but he has a good head on his shoulders. He works really well with the team and is a very quick peddler. Really looking forward to working with Jac in 2018 and beyond. - Justina Williams – ExcelR8 Motorsport Team Principal."I am extremely proud to see Jac graduate to National Level Car Racing following many successful years in Kartin [...]
Jacob Andrews will make his debut in the MINI CHALLENGE in the Cooper Pro class with Excelr8 Motorsport. Having competed in karts and cars on the other side of the world in Australia, this will be Jacob’s first foray into racing in the UK. After taking part in one of the MINI CHALLENGE taster days at Donington Park and being impressed with the car the team and the championship Jacob has taken the decision along with Arrow Machinery to take on the Cooper Pro class with Excelr8 Motorsport.Jacob had this to say about his 2018 season “2018 is looking to be a very exciting year moving to the mini challenge Cooper Pro class. With the support from Arrow Machinery, who has supported me throughout my racing career, from karts, to Formula Vee and then into production car racing, notably the 2017 Bathurst 6hr and Australian Toyota 86 racing series. I now have the opportunity to take all the experience that I have gained through the years in Australia and the mentoring from Dylan Thomas that has helped me throughout my racing journey, in order to run competitively in the Cooper Pro class. My ultimate goal for 2018 would be to challenge for the championship overall and win the rookie cup.”Team manager Daniel Bishop commented “Its fantast [...]
After a strong debut year with Excelr8 motorsport in the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Pro class the Bowker Motor Group backed driver looks to learn from the lessons learnt in his first season of car racing to launch a full championship assault in 2018. Richard showed real promise in his first season of car racing with some notable stand out drives in 2017 including a 2nd place finish in the season opener at Snetterton following home eventual 2017 championship runner up Jessica Hawkins in an Excelr8 motorsport one two. “This season was a great first year in cars and the MINI CHALLENGE. We always showed front running pace and a good number of podiums to show for it. I just want to say a massive thank you to Bowker Motor Group for all their support this year and everyone at Excelr8 for all the hard work they put in at every meeting. Next year I'm going to be working hard with the guys at Excelr8 and take all my knowledge I learnt in 2017 to make a serious challenge for the championship in 2018. I'm very confident that I can make that a possibility and look forward in doing so.” - Richard Newman.A second stand out drive for Richard was at a very wet Oulton Park in race 1, after a difficult qualifying session and grid penalty Ric [...]
Karting champion Toby Goodman will join the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Pro Series for his first season of car racing next year after signing with top team Excelr8 Motorsport. Goodman won the 2016 BirelART UK Junior class title in 2016, and also took a further three event wins during a part campaign this year. During the course of this year the teenager has tested with Excelr8 as he weighed up a move into cars and was also a strong contender in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship shootout. Goodman will be old enough for his senior license at the start of the 2018 season and has opted to skip the junior ranks and instead join the MINI CHALLENGE family.   Excelr8 team head Justina Williams said: “It’s no secret we have been testing through 2017 with Toby. After his performance in the Ginetta Junior scholarship last year, he was an obvious choice for our support. His testing times subsequently proved he is indeed an exceptionally promising young driver.”Goodman said: “What an opportunity! I am so pleased to have secured a seat with Excelr8, the Cooper Pro really is an excellent race car and the Dunlop race tyres mean you get huge grip and consistency so you can set some surprisingly quick lap times. It’s a great firs [...]
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