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F1 and Le Mans star Blundell to race at Brands Hatch Mini Festival

Wednesday, June 28 2017

Ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell will race at the Brands Hatch Mini Festival on 8-9 July, competing in the top-tier JCW class of the MINI CHALLENGE.

The former McLaren and Ligier driver will appear in three races across the weekend, onboard a MINI UK-backed guest car entered by the MINI UK VIP Team.

This will be the first time that Blundell has appeared in competitive action at the Kent circuit since 2012, when he made a guest appearance against many of his period rivals in the VW Scirocco R Cup.

In addition to a lengthy stint in Grand Prix racing, which included visits to the podium, Blundell won the Le Mans 24 Hours with Peugeot in 1992 and achieved multiple CART race victories in America in the late '90s.

Speaking to Motorsport News, Blundell said: "I'm really looking forward to it because I don't do much racing these days outside of events like the Goodwood Revival. When MINI approached me and me to have a go it just had fun written all over it.

"I've had about 30 laps in the JCW around Snetterton to get used to it. The car is a real bundle of fun, but it was much harder to driver than I gave it credit for. It's got a lot of power and a short wheelbase so it's often sideways.

"I'm not a front-wheel-drive expert - in fact I think I've only done 100 laps in front-wheel-drive cars in my entire career. I'm also not a left-foot braker, so both of those things go against me in this type of racing.

"But I love Brands Hatch. It's a great short circuit and the JCW is going to be great fun around there, especially with 30 of them on the grid. It'll be a good laugh getting involved."

Blundell joins a bustling programme of pocket-sized on-track fun, with Mini racing aplenty to accompany a suitably themed off-track show.