As many of you know, our director Andy Ringland has always had a passion for motorsport. Away from the office he serves as a Clerk of the Course
for circuit racing motorsport in the UK, as well as competing. He has now decided it’s time to step things up a gear.
Andy’s motorsport career began in earnest in 2004 when he competed in Formula Student for Lancaster University while studying for his masters degree in mechanical engineering. After leaving university Andy switched from driver to organiser and worked with Formula Student to deliver high-octane racing events. Andy went on to become a Clerk of the Course for circuit racing, acting as Permanent Clerk of the MINI Challenge JCW championship for the last two years.
‘Gamekeeper turned Poacher’ Andy is now returning to circuit racing as a competitor in the Mini Challenge Cooper class.
The car, lovingly nicknamed the “Flying Panda” because of its colour scheme, started life as a standard MINI Cooper road car. In order to race, the championship regulations have minimum safety modification requirements such as a roll cage, race seat and harness. Performance is enhanced by allowing free choice of exhaust after the catalytic converters (to maintain environmental performance) and free choice of one way adjustable suspension (stiffness).
In order to remain competitive, the same Dunlop Direzza tyres (cut slicks) are used on each car as well as the same fuel – normal road going high octane unleaded petrol. This ensures a close race with plenty of overtaking.
Andy designed the Flying Panda livery to include the CWC branding which we think looks fantastic. We’re keen to see how she performs on the circuit!
Find out more about the event on the Mini Challenge website.