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The HRCR is launching a new initiative for 2017 to run within the HRCR old Stager Asphalt Championship and alongside the current Mini Sport supported Mini Cup..
The Mini Sport Junior Mini Cup will be run as a class within the HRCR old Stager Championship aimed at encouraging young people into historic rallying. Whilst drivers must be under 25 years of age to be eligible to compete in the Mini Sport Junior Mini Cup there will be no age limit for co-drivers.
The Mini Sport Junior Mini Cup will be based on the Mini 1000 model with limited modifications conforming to MSA Historic Stage Rally Car regulations. A kit of parts will be provided by Mini Sport to ensure equality of performance at a competitive cost with the emphasis on safety and reliability rather than outright speed. Competitors will be able to use tyres of their own choice, however Mini Sport will continue to supply Yokohama tyres at very competitive prices which have proved to be very successful in the Mini Sport Mini Cup competition over the past two years.
To be eligible for the Mini Sport Junior Mini Cup, vehicles will need to be built using the basic Mini Sport supplied kit. Each car built will be given a unique identification plate confirming it as being built using the supplied kit. To ensure equality of performance all cars will be checked for power output and must meet a minimum weight limit.
The Mini Sport Junior Mini Cup is not just about competing on events. For those competitors new to rallying there will be opportunities to attend a workshop on car preparation and tuition on driving and co-driving skills. Whilst it is envisaged that the Junior Mini Cup will prove to be very competitive the HRCR are keen to promote comradery amongst competitors an important value that attracts competitors to the HRCR old Stager Championship.
It is envisaged that the Mini Sport Junior Mini Cup will run over 5 National B events all on UK mainland venues within the 2017 old Stager Championship. Like this year, the 2017 Championship will be run on sealed surfaces.
Full details of the kit, vehicle technical specification and Junior Mini Cup regulations will be announced in the autumn.
The HRCR are currently seeking expressions of interest from prospective competitors. If you would like to find out more or register your interest you can contact either Simon Malins from the HRCR on 07785 308165, Rob Eastwood at Mini Sport on 01282 778731 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org