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Hannah Chapman is first to compete in MINI CHALLENGE’s new sustainable fuel development car

Organisers of the Vertu MINI CHALLENGE have announced the addition of a special guest car onto the grid for the 2024 season to help develop new sustainable fuels as the series aims to transition to 100% sustainable fuels by 2028.

The car will run in the new JCW Sport category and will be used for ongoing development of sustainable fuels for use in the series, with a gradually increasing proportion of the fuel to be used in the car coming from a sustainable source.

The long term strategy for the series is to have all competing cars powered by 100 per cent sustainable fuels by the 2028 season, with a phased reduction in the amount of traditional fossil fuels used for race machinery from 2025 onwards.

The fuel development car will be run in-house by a MINI CHALLENGE UK team and will be available to drivers who want to not only sample the new JCW Sport category, but also have a desire to help make motorsport in the UK more sustainable going forwards.

“Sustainable fuels are going to be key part of the landscape in motorsport in the coming years, particularly at national level,” series promoter Antony Williams said. 

“Our goal as a championship is to work towards having all cars running on 100% sustainable fuels in the next three to four years, and certainly by the start of the 2028 season.

“The first stage of this is the development car that we will run in the JCW Sport class this season, which will start the year running on a significant proportion of sustainable fuels. Over the year, we will then reduce the amount of fossil fuels required and work on  introducing the new fuel for 2025 as development work continues.”

The first driver who will get behind the wheel of the car is no stranger to the MINI CHALLENGE in the shape of Hannah Chapman, who has previously competed in both the Cooper and JCW categories.

The Scot last competed in the series during the 2022 season, before taking up an off-track role with the Hybrid Tune outfit last year as she worked towards her goal of returning to action.

“I’m so excited to be back behind the wheel for round one of the season at Donington Park next weekend, and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to return to the MINI CHALLENGE grid,” she said. 

“Although this is currently a one off guest appearance, I am hopeful that it can lead to further outings in this awesome championship in 2024 and potentially help set up a full season assault in 2025.”

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Jon is our Regional Training Coordinator, and also our Communications and Publicity Manager.
He went on his first rally at the age of 5 when his uncle was marshalling the Cropton Forest stage on the Lombard RAC Rally. That was in the days of Roger Clark and the all-conquering Escorts. The sounds and smells of rally cars have never lost their appeal. As an adult, working on an ambulance crew covering Cadwell Park in the mid 90s, he frequently encountered drivers who had come to an abrupt stop somewhat sooner than they had anticipated. Jon is a licensed rescue team member and Motorsport UK Trainer. He sits on Motorsport UK's Training Working Group and their Rescue and Recovery Working Group, as well as being a member of Motorsport UK's national training team for Safeguarding.

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