THE MINI CHALLENGE – LISTENING TO COMPETITORS
The MINI CHALLENGE is the Championship for the new MINI in the UK, with large grids, colourful cars and close racing. Over the years, the MINI CHALLENGE has built a reputation for affordability, fairness and fun, and benefits from being the only Championship to enjoy the support of MINI UK.
In 2020, the headline JCW Class joined the BTCC support package, cementing its status as the natural stepping-stone for drivers with their sights set on touring cars.
The JCW Class sits at the pinnacle of the MINI CHALLENGE, offering a specification closer to that of the BTCC than any other single make championship in the UK, but at a fraction of the budget.
As a true single make championship, scrutineering controls mean that fairness is maintained so that drivers and teams can be sure that only skill and legitimate knowledge will have a bearing on race results. Budgets are also kept under control through restrictions on testing, tyre use and then widespread use of control parts in areas where any performance advantage could be gained.
The MINI CHALLENGE has enjoyed a new level of exposure and engagement since joining the BTCC Support package, making the championship a powerful marketing platform for teams, drivers and sponsors alike – who will now benefit from the deal to race alongside the touring cars being extended until at least the end of 2026.
JCW 2023 CALENDAR
DONINGTON PARK NATIONAL
BRANDS HATCH INDY
OULTON PARK ISLAND
BRANDS HATCH GP
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Read some reviews from our MINI CHALLENGE Drivers
“One week on and I’m still over the moon. That final race will stay with me for a long time. As such, I just once again wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for your hard work and commitment to Dan’s racing this year. I know you all put in a lot of effort and a huge amount of hours into getting him the result he so deserved. The teamwork this year has been fantastic and I think the dynamic has been the best to date. I think the relationship Andy and Connor have with Dan has paid a huge part in achieving the results this year for both him and the team. Huge thanks, and I look forward to celebrating this with you all and the team at the awards evening.”
“I’ve been racing for EXCELR8 for a few years now and for the 2020 season there was no reason for me to look at any other teams as I’ve been on this journey with the team and it feels like one big family. All of the guys and girls at EXCELR8 have been great to me other the years and they always give it 100% at everything they do and the results speak for themselves. No matter what track, they always give me that super fast race car to get the results. So I can only thank them for what they do behind closed doors and at the race weekends. For me they have been the best to race for over my racing career and hopefully I can continue this journey with EXCELR8 in the 2021 BTCC championship..”
After an incident in the first race of the weekend we were packing up ready to go home but, without hesitation – the EXCELR8 crew loaded the car into the trailer, returned to the workshop and worked overnight to replace the whole front end of the car.
At 4.30am we received a text to say that it was all done and ready to go!
On Sunday morning the car was back in the awning looking as as good as new and we managed to race to a podium finish in Race 2 with a new lap record!
The level of service and dedication, of the team is second to none.
They really are “the best in the business”
EXCELR8 Motorsport is a gem. They took Toby under their wing and basically poured in all the skills needed to run at the front in an extremely competitive series. We had support on logistics, financing, data, tyre preparation, testing, racecraft, mental prep, setup – lots and lots of setup, licencing and most importantly, sponsorship support .
All in all they are alongside you every step of the way if you need them to be, or not, depending on what you need. The team has strength in depth and a comprehensive stepping stone of series and experience that can take you from a raw novice all the way to 24hr racing, TCR or BTCC, if you can.
There are plenty of teams that take your money, or your sponsors money, and give precious little in return other than the core race support and I can tell you for a fact that EXCELR8 is not like that. Anthony and Justina run a friendly, quality team with high standards of preparation and a strong sporting ethos; whether you are just starting out on your racing journey at the back of the grid or going for wins at the front everybody gets 100% support and their is no hierarchy or favouritism.
But make no mistake – If Excelr8 are on the grid, they are not there to make up the numbers, they are there to Win.
As a rookie to car racing EXCELR8 made my son feel at ease immediately. They are dedicated to what they do & nothing is ever a problem. Its a great , driven, family atmosphere the moment you walk in the awning. They deliver professionalism and results!
‘EXCELR8 Motorsport are an amazing team to be a part of. Their professionalism and drive to succeed is second to none all the while putting your best interests at the forefront of their priorities. Not only have they helped me to excel as a driver but also as a person with in the Motorsport community and it feels like the sky is the limit with my racing career as a part of their team!’
“Justina has set up a very competitive & professional race team. The results speak for themselves, winning this year’s multiple championships. Albeit my very short stint with the team towards the end of 2020, I was made to feel at home. I would happily race with EXCELR8 again.”