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Test Drives Offered in Patch Tyre Equipment Junior MINI!

Organisers of the new 2022 Patch Tyre Equipment Junior MINI Challenge are offering a test at Mondello Park to any young drivers aged 14-17. The 120bhp cars will form a new race series at Mondello Park as part of the hugely successful ICCR initiative, which has already seen numbers rising, both on the grids and in the grandstands.

David Travers won the recent Junior MINI Scholarship and his prize is the use of a car for the season, plus all of his entry and test fees and a supply of Toyo tyres for the year.  Base cars for the series (an R50 MINI ONE or Cooper) are available for as little as €1,000 and suppliers such as Protune and Murray Motorsport have already produced discounted build kits to being the cars up to championship spec. Technical regulations have been carefully put together and will be strictly policed, the aim being to ensure that cars are all equal, and driver talent comes to the fore.

2019 Fiesta ST Championship Alex Denning is competing in the UK MINI JCW Challenge and has offered to help the young competitors in the new Patch Tyre Equipment Junior MINI Challenge.

Mondello Park and Leo Nulty Promotions are keen to offer as much support as possible to the competitors and to this end, Registration for the series, which is now open, is free. The drivers will also be available to avail of hospitality at race meetings, and will receive training from one of Ireland’s top sports Mindcoaches, Alan Heary, as well as sponsorship and PR training from Leo Nulty.

Dates for the test will be released in the coming days, and in the meantime, interested potential drivers should email with their name, guardian’s name and email address, and a contact number. A number of kart racers and junior Hot Rod racers have already signed up, but no experience is required for the test, bar the obvious requirement to be able to drive.

Leo Nulty, Junior MINI Cup Promoter: “Anyone who has driven the car so far has loved it. It has plenty of power and handles well, it will certainly teach the youngsters all about lift off oversteer, something any budding saloon racer needs to master. We will be displaying the car at Masters Motorbike and Drift meetings at Mondello Park too and perhaps even bringing it to a kart meeting too in order to guage interest. We are also working on an exciting prize for the championship winner. All rounds of the series will be live streamed and this,  along with hospitality available to drivers on race weekends, it should make it easier for them to attract sponsors too. Our aim here is clear- to assist young race drivers to start their career. Who knows, we might produce a BTCC or International GT Driver!”

For further information on the Patch Tyre Equipment Junior MINI Challenge, click HERE, and to register for a test, simply email


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