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They come up if you search on Blancpain TCR. The race is the TCR and TCA cars, of which the MINIs are part of the TCA group.
Here is a link to the first race:

And race 2:

Enjoy!
 
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I know it isn’t MINIs, but IMSA at Sebring is this weekend. Should be interesting racing.
 
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Originally Posted by Eddie07S View Post
I know it isn’t MINIs, but IMSA at Sebring is this weekend. Should be interesting racing.
Yes, I always watch Sebring...I was a teenage car fanatic in high school in 1966 when I attended my first (and only) 12 Hour race at Sebring (March 1966)….it was awesome! Cobras racing Vettes, Ferrari's, etc....it was great....I'm sure the noise & smells were much more raw back then than today. I returned to Florida for 12 years from 1975 to 1987 and didn't go to Sebring one time!.....that's what happens when you are busy raising a family I suppose. Now, I'm in PA lusting for another visit to Sebring...you really need to be there to experience it! Thanks for the COTA link above too!
 
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Like wise, here. I’ve lived in upstate NY for most of my life and have never gone to WGI for an F1 race. Then I got into tracking my MINI and have been going there to do track days but still have never seen a race there. I did see the Tony Stewart/Lewis Hamilton car swap that was done there. Freakin’ F1 car sounded like it was going to split the Earth in half right there. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have 20 or so of them running around the track together. And fast - simply amazing! This year I planned to go to see the Indy cars run there (next best thing to F1) and they cancelled their contract after 2 years. So I missed that too. I have seen the P1 and P2, and GTLM cars, as well as the IMSA ST (including LAP’s MINIs) run at Lime Rock Park. That was exciting, but it is a short track and there is nothing like seeing these hyper cars on a track that is made for them.

Hope you get back to Sebring.

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Originally Posted by Eddie07S View Post
I did see the Tony Stewart/Lewis Hamilton car swap that was done there. Freakin’ F1 car sounded like it was going to split the Earth in half right there. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have 20 or so of them running around the track together. And fast - simply amazing!
I was there also. That Mercedes engine just sounded AMAZING when it was on the back side of the course and you could tell it was coming back towards us. I used to live in Corning, but I retired 3 years ago and moved away. Formula 1 and the Camel GT series were before my time there, but I saw just about everything else: Cup series, Xfinity, trucks, modifieds, K & N, IndyCar, Lights, Prototypes, GT cars and vintage cars of ALL sorts. On the last sports cars weekend before I left, I was driven around the circuit by Steve Simpson in a, then new, Gen 3 JCW Hardtop when he was driving for LAP. I've walked that place end to end MANY times. I miss it...
 
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From the Toe (turn 6) where I was, I could tell/hear each turn it was going through, from T1 and onward. The bus stop was just a blip of the throttle for that car. Yes - amazing!
 
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I was at WGI back in the late 90's when the PTG BMW E36 M3's were racing (6 Hours at the Glen)....it was awesome. We could walk around the garage area and talk with the driver's and car owners! I met Eric Wenburg with the M-Group BMW CCA and chatted with him. How often does that happen today? Very cool track. I have several cars that would love that track, including my JCW!
 
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Do it if you can. The GVC chapter of BMWCCA runs great track day(s) events at WGI. Whether you are a novice or advanced they will have instructors for all run groups. They even have an advanced solo group for high level drivers who are not instructors, and they run by themselves and, sometimes, with the instructor run group. Go to MotorsportsReg.com to check them out.
 
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There is another thread discussing the upcoming GP 3 and on there it has been noted that there nothing out there about the upcoming fourth generation MINI Coopers. There is also discussion that the fourth gen MINI will be on whole new platform.

Could it be that MINI isn’t fielding any cars in TCR this season as it wouldn’t be worth the development of a Gen III based car when there is a new platform that will coming out next year and that might be a better option on which to concentrate one’s efforts?

Uggggha! There is soon much that is unknown here...
 
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Originally Posted by 02fanatic View Post
I was at WGI back in the late 90's when the PTG BMW E36 M3's were racing (6 Hours at the Glen)....it was awesome. We could walk around the garage area and talk with the driver's and car owners! I met Eric Wenburg with the M-Group BMW CCA and chatted with him. How often does that happen today? Very cool track. I have several cars that would love that track, including my JCW!
Weren’t those the 4+ liter V-8s that folks complained about because BMW did not import those to the US at that point?
 
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Wouldn’t that be just like BMW to do that....
 
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Weren’t those the 4+ liter V-8s that folks complained about because BMW did not import those to the US at that point?
No, those cars had the S54 6-cylinder M-power engines as far as I know. There was a short time later when the E46 M3’s had the V8’s & they were FAST!....but eventually disqualified! I remember thinking “wow how cool, and the rules ruin
everything!” The Porsche teams complained as I recall.....such whiners!

The MINI JCW Team was initially screwed by the rules by not being allowed to run the stock JCW Brembos! At one point I believe they had to carry additional weight as well. Rules aren’t always fair!
 
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MotoringFile article on he last race.

http://www.motoringfile.com/2019/03/...-america-race/
 
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