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Alex confirmed for another year on the Motorsport UK Academy

The first stage of racing driver Alex Nevill’s 2021 racing plans have been confirmed with confirmation from Motorsport UK that the Kent racing driver has retained his place on the Motorsport UK Academy’s “Team UK futures” squad.

The Motorsport UK Academy is a talent development pathway that equips the UK’s most promising young drivers with the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to maximise their performance. The programme is predominantly workshop based and features sessions with industry experts in areas such as nutrition, fitness, sports psychology and engineering amongst others. Previous graduates from the Academy include F1 racers George Russell, Jack Aitken and WRC star Elfyn Evans.

It’s an honour to be a part of the Motorsport UK Academy and I’m so proud to be a part of it once again in 2021” Alex enthused. “The resources and coaching it provides access to make it a real ‘money can’t buy’ opportunity and I’ve really felt the benefits of that over the last couple of years. For me, the goal every year is to continue to grow and develop as a driver and the Academy offers an opportunity to do exactly that.”

Alex’s on-track plans for 2021 remain a work in progress for now with an announcement expected prior to the start of the racing season.

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Consistent conclusion to the 2020 season for Alex

Alex Nevill was able to finish his season on a high at the final round of the 2020 MINI Challenge Cooper Trophy championship at Donington Park on Saturday (5th December) with two top 5 finishes at the Leicestershire venue.

The rescheduled final round was a trip into the unknown for the Kent racing driver and his fellow drivers, with a rare December race meeting providing the challenge of a much colder circuit than the championship would usually race on. Alex adapted well to the cool temperatures and was able to qualify 4th, just two tenths of a second away from pole in a typically competitive session for the Cooper class. This was despite the Graves Motorsport driver finishing the session in the gravel trap following contact with another driver at the high speed Craner Curves section of the circuit.

At the start of race 1, the competitive nature of the Cooper Trophy was once again on display with the Motorsport UK Academy squad member forming part of a 4 car breakaway group at the front where each car was setting lap times within a couple of tenths of each other. Their hard work to pull away from the rest of the pack was to be undone by a late race safety car however, which lead to a 1 lap shoot-out at the end of the race. Although Alex initially dropped back to 5th place on the restart a brilliant move at the last corner of the race saw him move up to 3rd place to take his second podium of the year.

That was until a protest launched by one of the drivers involved in the battle resulted in Alex being handed a 1 second penalty that moved him back to 4th for gaining an unfair advantage after light contact was made on the approach to the last corner. Although it took away the trophy, Alex crucially kept the championship points for 3rd place as the driver promoted into the position was a guest driver who wasn’t eligible for points. This meant Alex still had a mathematical, albeit highly improbable, chance of winning the championship in the final round.

Race 2, and the final race of the season, produced a thrilling fight for the win between 7 cars including Alex. Ultimately Alex was to lose touch with the lead pack after having to take avoiding action through the chicane after an incident unfolded in front. The subsequent trip through the wet and muddy grass for the number 16 car resulted in a 10 second deficit to the lead pack and a 5th place finish.

Although it was Alex’s strongest meeting of the year in terms of results across the weekend, it wasn’t quite enough to make any further progress in the championship. The 2018 Cooper Am champion finished the season in 6th place in the final standings, tied for points with the 5th place finisher but just loosing out under the championships countback rules. It wasn’t the resulted Alex dreamed of pre-season, but he’s appreciative of the positives from a good season overall.

“We don’t go racing to finish 6th, but at the same time I have to appreciate that in a grid as competitive as the Cooper Trophy that’s still a big achievement” Alex reflected. “It’s a shame we couldn’t finish the season with a win, but there’s still so much for us to be proud of. We had the best average qualifying position of anybody across the 25+ car field and after all of our setbacks this year we were still a title contender until the very last race. I’m proud of those achievements, and I’m grateful for the chance I had to race with Graves Motorsport this year. Now it’s time to focus on my 2021 plans, where I hope to continue to develop and grow as a driver.”

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Alex is ready to go racing in a winter wonderland for the season finale

Following the revision of Covid-19 restrictions in England, Alex Nevill finally has the chance to finish his 2020 season when the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy holds it’s final round this Saturday (5th December) at Donington Park in Leicestershire.

The Kent based racing driver is one of 11 drivers who enter the final round with a mathematical chance of winning the championship. The Motorsport UK Academy squad member currently sits 6th in the points standings, 51 points away from the lead. With 118 points available on the day there’s a slim chance for Alex and the Graves Motorsport team, but it has been hampered by the reduction from 3 to 2 races at the event. Anything can still happen though, with the weather likely to be a big factor in a rare winter event.

Donington Park has been a successful venue for Alex in the past. In 2018 he took a double win in the Cooper Am class in his very first race weekend in a car and in 2019 it was the scene of his only podium of the year despite a roll on the test day. His positive past at the circuit means Alex is excited to return to the former F1 circuit for one last attempt at an elusive maiden win in the class.

“Donington is my favourite circuit and I’m so glad we’re still getting the chance to race there this year” Alex enthused. “The weather will be an even bigger factor than usual this weekend, with the temperatures being a lot cooler than we’re used in our normal summer based seasons. It will be a big and unprecedented challenge to finish the season but I can’t wait to get stuck in. The championship is out of my control so my only focus will be on delivering the best performance I can.”

The final round will consist of two 20 minute sprint races. Live timing and commentary will be available on tsl-timing.com.

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Alex’s championship finale postponed due to lockdown

The second lockdown across England has created another hurdle for Alex Nevill as it’s resulted in the postponement of the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy season finale at Donington Park this weekend (7th & 8th November.)

The Kent racer sits 6th in the championship standings, 51 points off of the lead. With 3 races scheduled and 174 points up for grabs, the Graves Motorsport driver was looking forward to contending for the championship at the Leicestershire circuit, his favourite track.

But the announcement of a second lockdown across England last week has halted the plans for Alex and his fellow competitors. Following the governments announcement, Motorsport UK (the governing body of the sport in the UK) have announced that only elite level race meetings can still take place. The result is that all race meetings outside of the BTCC and British GT have had to be postponed or cancelled. The race meeting, organised by MSVR, has been postponed with the hope of re-scheduling it for an unconfirmed date in December.

It’s the latest curveball in a difficult year for all sports but the Motorsport UK Academy squad member is staying relaxed about the situation. “Of course it’s frustrating to have the final round postponed when we’re fighting for a championship, but in reality there’s nothing any of us can do about it. Hopefully we can still race in December and finish the season properly but if not I’m proud of our efforts this season in difficult circumstances. Until we have further news my focus will be on preparing for the final round, but also my plans for 2021.”

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Maiden pole but more setbacks for Alex

Alex Nevill flew to his maiden pole position in round 4 of the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy at Croft, before the Kent racer’s recent run of bad luck endured in both races last weekend (10th & 11th October.)

Having set the pace in the opening practice session of the weekend, the Graves Motorsport driver went into the qualifying session with a great amount of confidence. The confidence was justified early in the session, with the Motorsport UK Academy squad member setting the pole time on his 5th lap in the session. It was a great achievement in a highly competitive session, with the top 16 of the 29 car entry being separated by just one second.

From there all eyes were on race 1 which would be held in wet conditions. The 2018 Cooper Am champion got a good start and set about defending his lead straight away. But disaster struck soon after with the ABS system on the car failing as Alex entered the difficult Sunny In corner. This resulted in a lock up which cost the #16 car the lead. A common issue on Minis which has seen many other competitors crash out of races this year, Alex was still able to finish the 20 minute race albeit finishing in 5th place after having to nurse the car home.

A top 10 grid reversal for race 2 would see Alex start 6th and determined to make amends for the dramas in race 1. Working with new teammate Lee Pearce, the duo made progress early in the race before further drama hit Alex. Whilst making a move for 4th place on lap 2, Alex suffered contact with another car which the other driver was found guilty of causing a collision and penalised with 2 points on his licence. This was of little consolation to Alex though, as the impact caused a puncture on his front left tyre. The Graves Motorsport team were able to make some quick repairs which resulted in a 26th place finish.

Despite that, Alex still managed to move up another position in the championship to 6th place albeit 51 points away from the championship lead. This means that Alex is one of 11 drivers heading into the final round at Donington Park with a mathematical chance of winning the championship.

Although disappointed at his latest run of bad luck, Alex was still able to see the positives from the weekend. “I’m gutted we couldn’t get our first win, but we have to be proud of pole position. We were fast in all conditions this weekend, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m looking forward to some time off now, and then we’ll go to Donington even stronger.”

The final round of the 2020 Cooper Trophy will be held at Donington Park on the 7th & 8th November.

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Crunch time for Alex

Kent racing driver Alex Nevill is all set for “crunch time” as the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy heads to Croft in Yorkshire for the penultimate round of the season and the last of the year in support of the British Touring Car Championship.

Following a season where the Motorsport UK Academy squad member has shown speed but not fortune, Alex is currently 7th in the points standings and 38 points away from the championship leader. With 436 points still up grabs, the title remains wide open.

In order for Alex to win the title he’ll need to be consistently up the front throughout the last 2 race weekends of the year. That’s a tall order in a 28 car strong field, but the 2018 Cooper Am champion is spurred on by the pace shown at Snetterton. Where the Graves Motorsport driver scored his first podium of the year and set the fastest race lap of the weekend, having also done so just one week before at Thruxton.

“Now that we’re at the business end of the championship it’s crucial we rise to the challenge and start to deliver the best results we can” Alex enthused. “We’ve shown throughout the year that the speed and ability is there to win races, now we need to start delivering on that promise if we’re to make further progress in the championship standings. Croft was a challenging weekend for us last year (Alex suffered a DNF after an accident while fighting for a podium spot) but I think having that experience will make us stronger this weekend.”

Round 4 of the Cooper Trophy will feature a pair of 20 minute sprint races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday (10th/11th October.) Sunday’s race will be included in ITV4’s live coverage of the BTCC race meeting with the race due to start at 15:00pm.

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First podium of the year on a difficult race day for Alex

Round 3 of the 2020 MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy marked a turning point for Alex Nevill, with the Kent based driver achieving his first podium finish of the year. It promised so much more than that however, with a technical issue affecting his vehicle whilst he lead the 2nd race of the day at Snetterton.

The day began with a qualifying session held in wet but drying conditions which isn’t unusual at the Norfolk circuit. Naturally this meant a variety of decisions were made up and down the pit lane as to which tyres to fit to the cars, with Alex opting for wet tyres all round. By the end of the session the circuit was dry enough that it suited cars running on dry “slicks” best, and the best Alex could manage was 7th in the 27 car strong Cooper class entry.

At the beginning of race one, the 2018 Cooper Am champion set about climbing to the front of the pack right away, making his way to 5th position over the first few corners before a technical issue reared its ugly head. An apparent issue with the ECU on the car saw it cut into “limp home mode,” sporadically, which meant Alex had to restart the car every time the problem occurred. The issue affected the car on almost every lap of the 15 minute race, which saw Alex’s position fluctuate dramatically as low as 11th and as high as 6th before eventually crossing the line in 9th position.

The top 10 finishers were reversed to set the grid for race two, which saw Alex line up in 2nd place with a shot of redemption after the earlier dramas. The Motorsport UK Academy squad member looked to capitalise on the opportunity straight away, stealing the lead off of the line at the start and building a 1.3 second lead by the end of the first lap. It wasn’t to be however, as on lap 2 the electrical issues from race one slowed his machine once again and dropped Alex back to 4th place. From here he launched a strong recovery drive, working his way back up to 2nd place and missing out on the win by just 0.440 of a second at the line having also set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap.

Alex’s first podium of the year (and Graves Motorsport’s first in the MINI CHALLENGE) has moved him up one place in the standings to 7th place, and closed the gap to 38 points to the championship leader. With 2 rounds left Alex remains a championship contender, and feels their pace over the weekend shows they can still win the title. “We were one of, if not the fastest in the wet conditions over the weekend and given our last two rounds are in autumnal/winter months I think that shows that we will be contenders for the rest of the year. It’s a real shame we weren’t quite able to get the win, but if we keep putting the work in I’m sure our time will come.”

The penultimate round of the Cooper Trophy will take place at Croft on the 10th & 11th October, as a support race to the British Touring Car Championship.

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Alex is straight back to work in Mini Challenge campaign

Following last weekends three thrilling races at Thruxton, Alex Nevill and the rest of the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy grid return to action this Saturday (26th September) at the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk.

Following a trio of top 10 finishes at Thruxton, Alex has launched himself from 22nd to 8th in the championship standings just 42 points away from the lead. With 50 points available for a win and 3 rounds left, there’s still time for the Kent based driver to make a run for the title.

With Snetterton being one of the circuits Alex has more experience of, he’s optimistic about his chances this weekend. “Snetterton is where myself and the team (Graves Motorsport) have done most of our testing in preparation for this season, so I’m hopeful that will help us to be on the pace this weekend. The circuit itself is a very different challenge to either of the circuits we’ve raced at already this year (Oulton Park and Thruxton,) as it’s a lot more technical in its nature. It’ll be interesting to see what that means in terms of who’s fast this weekend compared to the current championship standings.”

Round 3 of the Cooper Trophy will feature two 15 minute races, before the championship moves on to Croft in two weeks.

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Alex narrowly misses out on win in Thruxton thriller

Alex Nevill came within 0.284 of a second of victory in a thrilling third race at Thruxton following a challenging and intense weekend for the Kent racer and the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy paddock.

The weekend got off to a fantastic start for Alex, qualifying his Graves Motorsport prepared machine in 3rd position. However a poor start at the beginning of race 1 saw the Motorsport UK Academy squad member drop 11 places on the opening lap of the race, crossing the line at the end of lap one in 14th position. From there Alex launched a strong recovery drive to finish in 7th place in an incident filled race.

A much better start in race 2 saw Alex run with the lead pack before a red flag was triggered by a horrific crash for fellow competitor Clark Wells, who was thankfully unharmed. The race was restarted at which point Alex began to fall down the field as he struggled with handling issues. He eventually finished 10th, which would be his starting position for race 3.

With a couple of adjustments made for the final race, Alex was able to move forward at the start of the race making one position on the first lap and six places on the second lap to move into 3rd place. From there, the 2018 Cooper Am Champion was engaged in an enthralling multi car battle for the win which provided huge entertainment for the TV audience watching live on ITV2. A red flag brought the race to an unfortunate and premature end with the results being taken from the lap prior to the incident which saw Alex classified in 5th place.

Although the end result wasn’t as hoped, Alex was upbeat about the performance. “It hurts to be so close to a win and not even get the podium, but I gave it my all and we can’t ask for any more than that. We’ve worked so well as a team this weekend, and although our results don’t reflect it we’ve proved we’re ready to win races and we also made good progress in the championship following our struggles in round 1 at Oulton Park.”

Alex and the rest of the MINI CHALLENGE grid are straight back to action this coming weekend at Snetterton with a pair of races on Saturday at the Norfolk venue.

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Alex is ready for high speed challenge

Alex Nevill is set to begin the most intense period in the 2020 MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy season, as the Kent based racing driver embarks on a stint of 3 race weekends in 4 weeks with round 2 of the championship at Thruxton this weekend (19th & 20th September.)

After an opening round where Alex and the Graves Motorsport team were held back by a clutch problem in race 1, the Motorsport UK Academy squad member currently sits a lowly 22nd in the championship points standings. However having shown strong pace in qualifying and the 2nd race, where he missed out on setting the fastest lap of the race by one thousandth of a second, Alex and the team know the pace is there to deliver strong results.

Although the Thruxton circuit is new to Alex, and the Hampshire track is renowned as the fastest circuit in the UK the 2018 Cooper Am champion, goes into the weekend full of confidence and ready to start a challenging few weeks. “Thruxton may be a new circuit for me, but after our speed at Oulton Park I’m confident we can be on the competitive space quickly. It’s a really busy few weeks, with Snetterton taking place just a week after so it’s important we come out of this weekend with some good results and minimal problems so that we don’t impact our preparations for next weekend.”

Round 2 of the Cooper Trophy will feature a trio of 20 minute sprint races in support of the British Touring Car Championship. Race 2 will be included in the BTCC’s live broadcast on ITV2 at 1pm on Sunday.

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Heartbreaking start but strong recovery for Alex

After months of build up and preparation, Alex Nevill’s MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy season got off to a heartbreaking start with mechanical issues before the first race had even begun before launching a strong recovery in the second race of the weekend.

Following Friday’s two free practice sessions at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire, the 2018 Cooper Am champion was confident going into the qualifying session. His confidence was well proven as the Kent racer contended for pole position for the majority of the session, before falling back to a respectable 6th place out of 27 competitors right at the end of the session.

His weekend then suffered a devastating blow as a clutch failure on the warm up lap prevented Alex from taking the start in the first race of the weekend and the season. The Graves Motorsport team were fast to react however and whilst the number 16 car wasn’t able to do enough laps to be classified as a finisher and receive points, crucially the team was able to get the car out in the race for a couple of laps. Which meant Alex would start race two in 25th instead of last place.

This set the stage perfectly for Alex to launch one of the best recovery drives of his career in a wet and historic race two that was broadcast live for the first time on ITV4, as a result of the championship now being a support race to the British Touring Car Championship. The Motorsport UK Academy Athlete climbed 15 positions (8 on the first lap alone) to claim 10th place in a race that had been shortened to 15 minutes. On his way to the top 10, Alex was able to set a blistering pace missing out on setting the fastest lap of the race by just one thousandth of a second.

It was a strong and much needed performance following the disaster of race one and left Alex feeling in a positive mood. “It’s been an immensely difficult weekend for us given the issues we faced, but I’m really proud of the way we handled it as a team. I feel we got the best out of ourselves, and ultimately you can’t ask for any more than that. The pace we showed bodes really well for the rest of the season and I can’t wait to see how we get on in round 2.”

Round 2 of the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy will be from Thruxton in Hampshire on the 19th/20th September. The series will again be a support race and will therefore be broadcast live on ITV4.

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Alex is all set for MINI CHALLENGE opener

Alex Nevill is set for one of the biggest weekends of his racing career so far this weekend (22nd & 23rd August.) As the Kent racing driver and his Graves Motorsport team begin their 2020 MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy campaign as a support race to the famous British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

After the season was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2018 Cooper Am champion and his rivals face a reduced season with 5 rounds over the next 4 months. 3 of which will be with the BTCC. For Alex this weekend will mark the biggest stage he’s raced on so far, as the championship benefits from the TV exposure that comes with being part of a BTCC race weekend. In 2019 the championship had a total cumulative UK TV audience of 19 million, giving Alex a fantastic opportunity to put his driving and his sponsors in the limelight in front of the BTCC paddock he aspires to be a part of in the future.

The importance of the occasion isn’t lost on Alex. “It’s absolutely fantastic for us to be racing on a BTCC weekend. It’s a championship I’ve been a fan of since I was a toddler, so it means a lot to be there but also because it’s the best racing package in the UK to be a part of in terms of generating value and visibility for your sponsors. Thanks to the pandemic we’ve been waiting a long time for this weekend, myself and the team have been working incredibly hard to prepare and I can’t wait to see the result of our efforts this weekend.”

The race weekend features two twenty minute races for the MINI CHALLENGE. With race one taking place on Saturday afternoon at 16:05pm, and Sundays race which will be broadcast live on ITV4 taking place at 13:30pm.

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Positive start, but a disappointing result for Alex in the first race of 2020

Alex Nevill’s 2020 racing season began with an encouraging performance in the EnduroKA 5 hour race at Oulton Park last Saturday (8th August.) With the Kent racing driver and his Graves Motorsport team leading the race before penalties set them back.

Joined by his MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy team mate Bradley Gravett and GT racer Michael Lyons, the team qualified an excellent 3rd out of 34 entries courtesy of a fast lap from Lyons.

While Gravett took the start of the race, a strategic call meant Alex got into the car during a safety car period caused by an accident at the start of the race. Though this meant he joined the race in a low position, by the end of his hour and a half stint Alex was able to climb up to 2nd place before handing over to Lyons. Who went on to lead the race.

From here the team’s effort was derailed by multiple stop and go penalties for exceeding track limits. Which eventually saw the trio finish in 18th position, 3 laps down. It was a disappointing end to a strong performance, but Alex was able to reflect on the positives from the event. “It always hurts to lose a race you could’ve won, but we also have to look at the positives. Our pace was very good, and I was really pleased with my pace and consistency in my stint given it was my first time racing a car other than my Mini. Hopefully we can be back in the series at some point to go for the win!”

Up next for Alex is a return to Oulton Park on the 22nd/23rd August for the first round of the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy. Which will be broadcast live on ITV4.

 

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Alex’s season to start with a new challenge

After the delays caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, Alex Nevill’s racing season finally gets underway this weekend on the 8th August at Oulton Park in Cheshire. Alex takes on the 2nd round of the EnduroKA series in preparation for his campaign in the MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy this season.

Established in 2019 EnduroKA is a one make series for MK1 Ford KA’s. Designed as a cost effective and accessible form of Motorsport, the cars are mostly standard (aside from safety upgrades) which results in close and intense racing. Race lengths vary from 20 minute sprints to 12 hour endurance marathons, with this weekend’s round featuring a 5 hour endurance race.

Though the performance of the vehicle isn’t particularly comparable to his normal MINI CHALLENGE racer, the amount of track time the race provides to Alex and his Graves Motorsport teammates Bradley Gravett & Alfie Glenie will be hugely valuable. Providing them with a chance to gain considerable experience of the challenging and undulating Oulton Park circuit before they return in 2 weeks time for the first round of their championship, which will be a supporting act to the British Touring Car Championship. It’s an opportunity for practice that Alex is looking forward to.

“Oulton Park is an incredibly difficult circuit, and although I’ve done well there in the past (including a race win in the Cooper Am class in 2018) it’s the kind of place where you can never get enough laps. Thanks to the lockdown this will also be my first race in 10 months, and whilst we’ve been testing there’s no substitute for racing. It’ll be a great chance to get race fit before our championship starts in a couple of weeks, and I’m excited to take on a slightly different challenge in what is a very competitive series.”

 

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Alex is back on track post lockdown

Alex Nevill is feeling confident following his return to the race track at the MINI CHALLENGE Goodyear tyre test at Snetterton in Norwich on the 9th July.

Though Alex had already completed  one test day at the circuit since lockdown restrictions have begun to be relaxed, the tyre test was the first opportunity for him and the Graves Motorsport team to test amongst their MINI CHALLENGE Cooper class rivals for the season. The team, who are new to the championship in 2020 also took the opportunity to unveil their full driver line-up for the 2020 season. With Alex being joined by fellow Motorsport UK Academy squad member Alfie Glenie, and Bradley Gravett.

With heavy rain throughout the day the conditions on track were challenging, but Alex left the circuit feeling very happy with the day’s work. “It was a really productive day on track for us, and it was so good to be back behind the wheel! We made a lot of progress on our wet weather set up, which had been a weak point last season so that’s a real positive for me. It was also great to start working with my new teammates too, there’s a great feeling within the team right now and I’ve never felt more prepared for a season!”

The revised and shortened MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Trophy championship begins on the 22nd & 23rd August at Oulton Park in Cheshire, where the championship supports the British Touring Car Championship and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

 

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Alex to race with Graves Motorsport in 2020

Alex Nevill is delighted to confirm that he will return to the MINI CHALLENGE in the Cooper Championship for 2020, and will be joining Graves Motorsport for the campaign.

Alex won the 2018 Cooper Am class before switching to the Pro class in 2019. The 25-year-old has his sights on winning the Cooper Championship in 2020.

The Kent based driver has moved to Graves Motorsport for 2020 on a managed basis to ensure that he can concentrate solely on his driving and sponsors, leaving the team to manage all other aspects of his racing.

Speaking about the announcement, Alex said; “I am thrilled to be working with a team that has a proven track record in helping drivers win championships in Tintop racing. The teams attention to detail really is of a high standard and they know what it takes to deliver top running cars consistently, I can’t wait to get out racing in 2020.”

Team manager Karl Graves commented; “I am delighted to announce that Alex will be running under the Graves Motorsport banner in 2020, not only is Alex a new driver to the team, we are also new to the MINI CHALLENGE Championship.

We have been looking to compete in MINI CHALLENGE for a while but we wanted to make sure it was at the right time and with the right driver. With Alex, we believe we can work together and be in a position to be pushing for podium places from the first round and fight for the drivers championship in 2020. Alex has established himself as a front running driver in MINI CHALLENGE over the past couple of seasons and we are looking forward in taking the next step together.”

Graves Motorsport still have the availability of a hire – Arrive and Drive Mini Challenge Cooper car for 2020, the Championship will be supporting the BTCC at 2 rounds in 2020 and is a great place to start racing.

The Cooper Class car uses a 130bhp 1.6lt normally aspirated engine, slick/wet tyres with single way adjustable dampers. Offering surprising performance, agile handling and incredible. The car best suits those new to motorsport and drivers with experience who want ultra-close, fair racing on a high profile stage with modest budgets.

If you would like to enquire with Graves Motorsport about their MINI CHALLENGE Driver packages, please Contact them at info@graves-motorsport.co.uk.