MINI UK Challenge race car to run on sprint circuit at Coventry Motofest.

A competition race car from the MINI UK Challenge race car series is to take part in this year’s Coventry Motofest event.

The 2 litre turbo, 275bhp John Cooper Work’s(JCW) class modern competition MINI will run on Coventry Motofest’s unique ring road circuit, performing demonstration laps alongside iconic MINIs from the past including Paddy Hopkirk’s 1964 Monte Carlo rally winning MINI Cooper S.

The JCW class modern race MINI will be driven by current Mini Challenge UK JCW series championship leader Charlie Butler-Henderson, brother of racing driver and TV presenter Vicky Butler Henderson, whose high profile TV roles include Channel 5’s Fifth Gear motoring show.

Once Charlie Butler-Henderson has put the modified race MINI through its paces on the Motofest circuit, it will be parked up at Greyfriars Green as part of the Sytner MINI Coventry trade stand display.

Sytner MINI Coventry has helped facilitate the appearance of the JCW class modern race MINI and visitors to the stand will be able to see the MINI marvel racing machine at close hand. Danny Franklin, Sytner MINI Brand Manager at Coventry, said: “It’s great to have MINI UK get involved this year and have the challenge race car on our stand. Charlie Butler-Henderson will add some real WOW factor to the event and everyone here at Sytner MINI Coventry is really looking forward to it.”

The MINI UK Challenge series has championship rounds taking place at top UK circuits including Brands Hatch GP, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Silverstone.

Darren Langeveld, Coventry Motofest Race Director, said: “It’s fantastic to have one of the top race cars from the MINI Challenge UK series and for it be driven by the current championship leader Charlie Butler Henderson.

“The MINI in all its forms is an iconic British car and so to have the modern race series car alongside Paddy Hopkirk’s Monte Carlo winning MINI Cooper S on the same circuit is a real coup for Motofest.

“We look forward to our ‘MINI marvels’ taking part at Coventry Motofest in what should be one of the highlights of the weekend on track.”

The 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winning MINI Cooper S, driven to an unexpected and iconic victory by Northern Irish rallying legend Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk and his co-driver Henry Liddon, will again take to a city sprint circuit as it swaps the streets of Monte Carlo for Coventry’s ring road.

Back in 1964, the MINI Cooper S completed its faultless run across the country roads, mountain passes, tight corners and steep gradients of the Monte Carlo Rally, in turn cementing its enduring place in the hearts of British fans and in the annals of motorsport legend.

With its now legendary racing number 37 and 33 EJB plate – both of which will adorn the MINI Cooper S at Coventry Motofest – it was brilliantly driven to victory by Paddy Hopkirk, crossing the finishing line ahead of main rival Bo Ljungfedlt in the far more powerful V8-powered Ford Falcon car.

Following on from major reconditioning work on the MINI Cooper S’s engine, it will leave its current home at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, to take to the road again to thrill the crowds at this year’s Coventry Motofest event.

Coventry’s Motofest 2016 is a two-day festival – with additional launch events on Friday 3 June -dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, which this year takes place on Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June.

There will be a range of automotive activities taking place from pop-up racing and demonstration events to static displays and fringe events – an ‘Edinburgh Festival’ for cars, bikes and vehicles.

For more details about Coventry Motofest, please click here.