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MINI Challenge front-runners enjoy Motorbase test

Dunlop has once again provided an opportunity for champions from the MINI Challenge to test a race-winning touring car after Ant Whorton-Eales and Nathan Harrison hit the track with Motorbase at Snetterton.

MINI John Cooper Works Champion Whorton-Eales was the first to earn the test opportunity at Snetterton as he returned to action in Motorbase’s Ford Focus, having previously earned a test run on the back of his success in the Renault Clio Cup in 2016.

Since then, Whorton-Eales spent a season racing one of the AmD Audis and enjoyed a one-off outing in one of the team’s MG6 GTs at Snetterton earlier this year.

“It was great to test a proven winning car,” he said. “Motorbase have come a long way in developing this car in the two years since my first test.”

“The MINI Challenge is a definite stepping stone to the BTCC. A driver with touring car ambitions should definitely consider it.”

Whorton-Eales was joined at the test by MINI JCW runner-up, Nathan Harrison, who benefited from coaching from BTCC race winner Tom Chilton during the test.

“This was an amazing day, thanks to Dunlop and Motorbase,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m working hard on raising a budget to move up to BTCC. The grip and power of the car felt great and I feel that the MINI Challenge has been a good step towards preparing me for this.”

Kyle Reid, also a prize-drive winner, will drive the Focus in 2019 as he was unable to attend the test.