When the MINI Trophy series—which had replaced the MINI CHALLENGE series—ended last year, it looked as if MINI racing teams would have nowhere to race. But soon after that announcement, the ADAC PROCAR series announced it was creating a new Division 3 (also known as Division M) just for MINI. From the ADAC PROCAR press release:
The popular Mini John Cooper Works Challenge vehicles will find a new “home” next season in the DTC/ADAC PROCAR. A basis has been found in cooperation with drivers and former organizers to let the Minis start in the Division M(ini) which is exclusively reserved for them.
The technical foundation for the future joint races is the existing regulation of the Mini Trophy. Without bigger adjustments or modifications the vehicles can take part in the newly created Division M. „The preparations have been running in the background for a longer time already. In the meantime we have reached the point where we have talked through the technical regulations except from some small details so that our scrutineer may now determine“, series organizer Rainer Bastuck explains. It is indeed a challenging task to integrate a formerly independent series into an existing one, but with the common vision for season 2014 in sight, important decisions have already been made.
The Division M(ini) will further extend the starter field of the DTC/ADAC PROCAR as third division.
MINIs can also compete in the new Division 1T which is exclusively for cars with 1.6 L turbocharged engines.
The new series begins this weekend with two races in Oschersleben, Germany.
Series Calendar 2014
04/25 – 04/27 ADAC GT Masters Oschersleben
05/09 – 05/11 ADAC GT Masters Zandvoort
05/23 – 05/25 ADAC GT Masters Lausitzring
06/06 – 06/08 ADAC GT Masters Red Bull Ring
06/19 – 06/21 ADAC Zurich 24H Nürburgring
07/25 – 07/26 Hockenheimring
08/29 – 08/31 ADAC GT Masters Nürburgring
09/19 – 09/21 ADAC GT Masters Sachsenring
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