MINI John Cooper Works at this year’s 24h race at the Nürburgring, team line-up.

Bulldog Racing will field two MINI John Cooper Works in the legendary Nürburgring 24-hour race in 2023.

Nürburg. The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is regarded as the ultimate endurance test for man and machine.

Already familiar from last year’s 50th anniversary of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the red MINI John Cooper Works with starting number #112 will once again compete at the highlight of the endurance season.

Racing modifications

The crowd favorite was further optimized during the winter break in Nürburg and will again start in the SP3T class. In addition to the modifications made for last year’s race, the following modifications have been made to the standard MINI John Cooper Works for racing in the SP3T class regulations:

  • Supersprint exhaust system with racing catalytic converter.
  • Eventuri carbon intake system.
  • Further weight reduction.
  • 17 inch Motec Ultralight rims with Michelin tires.
  • Use of AP Racing brake components.

Team line-up

Like last year, the MINI John Cooper Works #112 of Bulldog Racing will be driven by Uwe Krumscheid (GER), Danny Brink (GER) and Markus Fischer (AUT). A new addition is Marco Zabel (GER), who got to test the MINI John Cooper Works at the 2nd round of the Rundstrecken-Challenge Nürburgring 2023.

In total, this driver team has completed over 715,000 kilometers on the Nordschleife and has started over 35 times in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.

The endurance classic on the Nordschleife will take place from May 20 to 21, 2023.

MINI in motorsport

Pat Moss made motorsport history in 1962, scoring the first international rally win for MINI at the Tulip Rally. Her victory kicked off the Classic Mini’s unique success story in rallying, with 3 overall Monte Carlo Rally wins in 1964 (Paddy Hopkirk), 1965 (Timo Mäkinen) and 1967 (Rauno Aaltonen).

Six overall Dakar Rally victories in 2012 (Leonid Novitskiy), 2013 (Stéphane Peterhansel), 2014 (Nani Roma), 2015 (Nasser Al-Attiyah), 2020 (Carlos Sainz Sr.) and 2021 (Stéphane Peterhansel) added to this winning streak.

As a tribute to the racing tradition of the MINI brand, the MINI John Cooper Works race car “Made in Nürburg” is designed in the classic color scheme of the 1960s race cars in red / white.

At this year’s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, an all-new MINI John Cooper Works Edition with 6-speed manual transmission will be the new addition to Bulldog Racing’s line-up in the VT2-FWD class with starting number #126. One of the drivers of that car will be Charlie Cooper (GBR), whose grandfather John Cooper invented the Mini Cooper in 1961.