Beginning with the 2018 season the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) will have a third class hitting the track. That class will be TCR and future 4-door turbo charged vehicles. As we’ve covered before LAP Motorsports (aka the MINI JCW Team) began work on a 4-door hardtop earlier this year. Sportscar365 released a feature in which they talk to the team about the TCR future.
We obviously had an interest in TCR because we were looking at the future for MINI and us,” Perocarpi told Sportscar365. “We literally started the TCR project in January of this year. – Luis Perocarpi
LAP Motorsports has the full support of MINI and stands to become the official supplier of TCR specced MINIs. And while LAP Motorsports has put in quite a bit of work into the 4-door hardtop it’s not guaranteed that will be the car used for TCR.
We started the project thinking we’d run the hard-top four-door, but that’s a bit of a challenge because the car is shorter than what the regs require, although we do understand that there are several cars in TCR that haven’t met that requirement.
MINI still has other cars like the Clubman that fits right into the regs… At the end of the day, what does MINI want to do? – Luis Perocarpi
So what do you think, should MINI go with the 4-door Hardtop or the Clubman? Let us know in the comments.
And for those of you worried about the current Hardtop race car going away, Sportscar365 mentioned this:
He added that the TCR program would not affect the team’s continued involvement in the ST class, noting continued demand from drivers and other team partners.
Their could be a lot of MINI action in CTSC next season, and we can’t wait to see it.
Check out the full article over on Sportscar365.