Archive for the ‘MINI Challenge’ Category

2010 MINI Challenge – Round 7, Sydney

They say all good things must come to an end, and for those who like watching MINIs fanging around Australian race tracks that’s exactly what has happened. Following BMW Australia’s decision to withdraw its support for the category, despite beginning with a five-year plan back in 2008, the Round 7 action at Sydney’s Olympic Park […]

Chris Alajajian wins the 2010 MINI Challenge

Congratulations to Chris Alajajian who was crowned 2010 MINI Challenge champion at the series finale in Sydney on the weekend. Alajajian led the standings going into the round, but had to fend off 2009 defending champ Paul Stokell, who was within reach of claiming back-t0-back titles. In the end victory in Race 1 for Alajajian […]

2010 MINI Challenge – Round 6, Gold Coast

With one round to go, defending series champ Paul Stokell picked a good time to bag his first Round win at the Gold Coast last month. That puts him very much within striking distance of Chris Alajajian, who has led the 2010 MINI Challenge all year. Alajajian did manage to win Race 1 on the […]

BMW Australia withdraws support for MINI Challenge

In disappointing, but perhaps unsurprising news, BMW Australia today announced the MINI Challenge series would not continue beyond the current season. Originally set up in 2008 with a five-year commitment commercial realities have influenced BMW Australia’s position. MINI national manager, David Woollcott, explains, “Motorsport is becoming increasingly expensive and, together with a contraction in the […]

2010 MINI Challenge – Round 5, Phillip Island

Apologies for the lateness of this update. In short, Chris Alajajian didn’t manage a race win, but he still pocketed enough points to take the Round win at Phillip Island and maintained his MINI Challenge series lead. Defending champion Paul Stokell had his share of dramas and followed victory in Race 1 by missing all […]

MINI Challenge ready for run to the title

The Australian MINI Challenge series is about to awaken from its mid-season slumber. The pocket rockets will be on course at Phillip Island from 10–12 September. Chris Alajajian currently leads the series on 512 points. In second, on 464.5 points, is 2009 Champion Paul Stokell. Young Victorian Peter McNiven, enjoying his maiden MINI Challenge season, […]

2010 MINI Challenge – Round 4, Townsville

Chris Alajajian extended his lead in the 2010 MINI Challenge by claiming the round in Townsville earlier this month. Reigning title holder Paul Stokell finshed Round 4 in second place and Beric Lynton, making his first appearance of the year, claimed the final podium spot in the three race program. Speaking after the final race […]

2010 MINI Challenge – Round 4 Preview

After being Australian teammates back in June Chris Alajajian (left) and Paul Stokell resume hostilities as the two leading drivers in the 2010 Hertz MINI Challenge. Round 4 action takes place as part of the Sucrogen Townsville 400 this weekend. Speaking before the event series leader Alajajian said, “Paul and I had a pretty fierce […]

New TV deal for MINI Challenge

There’s good news for MINI Challenge fans following the announcement of new television deals with Fox Sports and New Zealand’s TV3. Free to air viewers have not been forgotten, either, and the Channel 7 broadcast schedule has been confirmed for the rest of the year. Full details after the break.

MINI Challenge locks in Gold Coast 600

Last month confirmation came through that the MINI Challenge has been locked in as a support category for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 to be held in October. With no open wheelers from Indy Car or the scuppered A1GP categories the Gold Coast event offers an all Australian cast. Organisers have modified the well […]

Mixed bag for Team Australia in Spain

Earlier in the month Chris Alajajian and Paul Stokell jetted over to Madrid to represent Australia in the Spanish MINI Challenge. The racing took place at the Jarama circuit and there was a three race format; two sprint races on the Saturday and a 50 minute race on Sunday. The results were encouraging, but ultimately […]

Points amendment for MINI Challenge

MINI Challenge organisers have issued a press release with a revised points table following a post-event decision from CAMS. The third race of the Round 3 meet at Queensland Raceway was red flagged short of full race distance due to Sarah Harley’s accident. CAMS officials have contravened the Stewards’ original decision now stating that the […]

Team Australia set sights on Spain’s MINI Challenge

The MINI Challenge has many great aspects about it. One is the fact you can buy a MINI John Cooper Works from your local MINI dealer that is pretty damn close in performance to the track-only racecars. Another is that the series is run in a number of countries. This aspect provides opportunities for cross […]

2010 MINI Challenge – Round 3, Queensland Raceway

At the end of an action packed Round 3 Chris Alajajian still leads the 2010 Australian MINI Challenge. But he didn’t have it all his own way. A qualifying infringement cost Alajajian points and sent him to the back of the grid for Race 1. Alajajian made good progress in the opening race to finish […]

Another MINI Challenge crash at Ipswich 300

The MINI Challenge series has seen another spectacular crash at the Ipswich 300 event held at Queensland Raceway today. Sarah Harley’s car reportedly had a sticking throttle, forcing her car to understeer off the track and into the tyre wall. The impact happened at high speed and she was lucky to walk away with no […]