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BTCC Team Join MINI Challenge 2015

Top British Touring Car Championship squad Team Dynamics will expand to field cars in the Power Maxed MINI Challenge next season.

Team Dynamics, which ran the factory Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourers for Matt Neal and Gordon Snedden in 2014, had bought a Cooper Class car for the 2015 MINI class, and hasn't ruled out running a multiple car attack.

Triple BTCC title winner Matt Neal's son Henry is the first driver confirmed, with a series of customer cars as a possibility alongside Neal Jr. Henry Neal, 19 will be entering his first full season of competition in the Cooper Class for lower-powered MINI's. He did contest sporadic Scottish Legends races at Knockhill during 2014.

Engineers from Team Dynamics' BTCC operation will cross over to the MINI programme and the team will be run out of its Pershore base. Team Dynamics is the second current BTCC team to enter the MINI Challenge, following Power Maxed Racing [Motorsport News, Nov 12].

"We were looking around for options for Henry to race full-time next season and the MINI's fit the bill perfectly" said Matt Neal. "We looked at championships like the Renault Clio Cup, but the cost was just huge. The Power Maxed MINI Challenge is about half the budget, races on some great tracks and is a close and competitive championship.

"I am not expecting Henry to go out and win it next year, just for him to learn and enjoy it. He tested at Brands Hatch recently and love it, although he said it was easier to handle than a legend."

Neal added that he was in talks with customers about additional cars: "I like the look of the new F56 Challenge cars because they are real pieces of kit. We'd like to run some because they'll be a step up to series like the BTCC. "They run [270bhp] turbo engines and slick tyres and can teach drivers the tricks of tin-top racing."

Source: Motorsport News Dec 2014

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