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Matt is still driving in IMSA. He has moved up to the TCR cars and, after 2 races, is ranked 9th. I guess that is what happens when you are good. You get asked to move up...
 
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:57 AM
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Hmmmmm....
Didn’t even think to check the race date. Yes, started yesterday and through the weekend:
https://world-challenge.com/schedule/

Odd that the video I linked to was posted yesterday. But then it makes some sense, otherwise how would you get the pre-race video.
So, hopefully this was eye candy for when they upload the whole race weekend...
I went COTA that weekend...my girl booked the race for my birthday present (1/27) and booked a place for our travel trailer. I have raced since my last race of the first Spec Miata at The 24 hours of Moroso...we started on New Years Ever 1999 and ended on New Tears Day 2000. I drove the whole night for 9 hours...out other 5 team members split up the remaining 15 hours. So 19 years later I told my better half that if she booked the COTA EVENT...I would get the racing itch again!!! 10 days after the race at COTA I bought my 2019 Mini Cooper S JCW I.O.E. and started AutoXing again...I got a coupon for $1000 off for a Mini at Cota and used it quickly.

 
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I went COTA that weekend...my girl booked the race for my birthday present (1/27) and booked a place for our travel trailer. I have raced since my last race of the first Spec Miata at The 24 hours of Moroso...we started on New Years Ever 1999 and ended on New Tears Day 2000. I drove the whole night for 9 hours...out other 5 team members split up the remaining 15 hours. So 19 years later I told my better half that if she booked the COTA EVENT...I would get the racing itch again!!! 10 days after the race at COTA I bought my 2019 Mini Cooper S JCW I.O.E. and started AutoXing again...I got a coupon for $1000 off for a Mini at Cota and used it quickly.
That had to be a blast to go to COTA!
And it sounds Ike your better is quite the person.

The JCW is a great car. I got mine 2 weeks ago today and doing my best to prove that the A/S RFTs are not worthy of a 400 wear rating ...

I like your wheels!
I assume those are for the autocross? What wheels do you have on it and what tire size are you running? And what are the chalk lines on them for?
 
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:44 PM
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They look like NM RSe05 wheels in Gunmetal finish.
 
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That had to be a blast to go to COTA!
And it sounds Ike your better is quite the person.

The JCW is a great car. I got mine 2 weeks ago today and doing my best to prove that the A/S RFTs are not worthy of a 400 wear rating ...

I like your wheels!
I assume those are for the autocross? What wheels do you have on it and what tire size are you running? And what are the chalk lines on them for?
Those pictured are the NM's 17x7.5 with 225/45/17s … below are pictures of first Stock Rims 18x7 with the run flats and second the Black Night Mini 18x7s with 215/40/18 (which are both for sale!!!) I'm keeping the stock wheels and runflats for everyday use. The Black wheels look even better IMO...they were $1359.00 new and I'm letting them go for $800.00. they have about 30 miles including two AutoXs on them.


 
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Yup, the black wheels look great!
Thanks for the info...
 
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And what are the chalk lines on them for?
Helps with figuring out air pressures needed...lets you know how far the tires are tracking on the outside...not too far and not too little.
 
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Things have been quiet for a while... So, it seem like a good time to throw out a little speculation.

At the end of this article, it talks about MINI making a DCT available and some of the upcoming models having 300+ Hp. Could this be a precursor to MINI getting back into racing big time?
http://www.motoringfile.com/2019/05/...and+Podcast%29
 

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Originally Posted by Eddie07S View Post
Things have been quiet for a while... So, it seem like a good time to throw out a little speculation.

At the end of this article, it talks about MINI making a DCT available and some of the upcoming models having 300+ Hp. Could this be a precursor to MINI getting back into racing big time?
http://www.motoringfile.com/2019/05/...and+Podcast%29
Sadly no. The long and short of it is BMW won't allow them to, especially considering BMW is considering a TCR program of their own if rumors are to be believed.
 
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It is unfortunate and a waste of the DCT in the car...
 
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It is unfortunate and a waste of the DCT in the car...
I agree, but for what it's worth, the JCW models with the 300+ horsepower won't ever get the DCT transmission as MINI has opted to only use the 8-speed auto or a manual transmission. I guess there's concerns that the DCT won't handle the torque levels of the new motor.
 
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I agree, but for what it's worth, the JCW models with the 300+ horsepower won't ever get the DCT transmission as MINI has opted to only use the 8-speed auto or a manual transmission. I guess there's concerns that the DCT won't handle the torque levels of the new motor.
This is all very odd....
Over in the UK (and where else?) they race the MINIs a lot. I figured that they did the DCT for them and we were getting it just “because”. I forgot that it was just for the Base and S models, and didn’t even think that it might not be strong enough for the more powerful cars. IMHO this all comes with a big “WHY”? Why make it at all if not for racing? Are they making the DCT just to meet the EU mileage goals?
 
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Originally Posted by Eddie07S View Post
This is all very odd....
Over in the UK (and where else?) they race the MINIs a lot. I figured that they did the DCT for them and we were getting it just “because”. I forgot that it was just for the Base and S models, and didn’t even think that it might not be strong enough for the more powerful cars. IMHO this all comes with a big “WHY”? Why make it at all if not for racing? Are they making the DCT just to meet the EU mileage goals?
It's possible, but I don't know. The MINI Challenge is wholeheartedly endorsed by MINI UK and it's something I'd really love to see come stateside and run as a support series for Indycar or under the SRO banner. I was reading an article about the new BMW 1 series that will be FWD and share the same UKL platform as the Clubman and Countryman and thought to myself that it's the final nail in the coffin of ever seeing a MINI TCR car. BMW will use the 1 series as it already has a past history in touring car racing in the UK, so it'll build off that legacy with the new FWD 1er.
 
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