In what is believed to be one of the few one-make series in historic racing, Masters Historic Racing has launched a championship intended solely for FIA specification pre-1966 Minis. Rounds of the series will be held at Masters Festivals and Top Hat meetings in 2010, highlighted by two races at the Silverstone Classic in July.
The new Mini series will be open to cars built before 1966 that comply with the FIA’s Appendix K regulations, with class prizes for over- and under-1000-cc cars. The schedule includes rounds at Snetterton, April 18; Anglesey, May 15; Brands Hatch, May 29–31; Donington, June 26–27; Silverstone Classic, July 23–25; Spa (September 24–26); and Mallory Park, October 24.
Series founder Ron Maydon said: “We are excited to be able to announce this new series for pre-1966 Minis that has come about thanks to competitor interest—and my own enthusiasm for these great little racing cars. We have had good numbers of Minis racing with us in Masters Saloons and this, coupled with the numbers of cars that were seen in the one-off race at Goodwood last year, led to quite a few inquiries about more Mini-only races. Now that we are confident there are enough cars and interested drivers out there, we are happy to create this eight-race Mini-series.”
The races will be either 30 or 45 minutes long, with a pit stop (except at the Classic, where there are two shorter races), so there is the potential for a double-driver cost-sharing entry. Further, with the Mini races being separate from existing Top Hat Masters Saloon races, it gives Mini owners a chance to race twice over a weekend.