Our chauffeur is Friedhelm Thelen, manager of the private team “Bulldog Racing” from Nürburg. The idea for the Mini John Cooper Works came to him in September last year. “I wanted to do something special and create a new crowd pleaser,” says Thelen. “The Dacia did it last year too, why not the Mini?” In addition: The last time a Mini competed in the long-distance classic in the Eifel was ten years ago.
This is also reflected in the optics. For the 24-hour race, the Mini shines in a red and white look based on the brand’s racing tradition. There are also adjustments to the aerodynamics, including the massive rear wing, a completely clad underbody, rear diffuser and front splitter. An adjustable racing suspension from KW ensures optimum traction. Only the brake system comes from the series.
In any case, Thelen is “really happy”. And he’s not the only one. After two years, spectators are allowed back to the Nordschleife to make the 24-hour race the world’s largest motorsport festival. Hopefully the weather will be on its better side then.
Nitro is planning a new world record for live broadcasting and will be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records!
Friday, May 27, 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.: Top qualifying
Saturday, May 28, 1:15 p.m. to Sunday, May 29, 4:40 p.m.: Live races
Live stream: youtube.com/24hNBR