116 Trophy gets bumper 40 car entry

The 116 Trophy is set for a bumper 40-car grid this Sunday, as the low-cost BMW 116i endurance series kicks off its latest season with a 90-minute Croft enduro.

The eight-meeting 2022 series runs mainly at 750 Motor Club meetings, and its grids last year peaked at around 30.

116 Trophy promoter Mark Bate told Motorsport News: “The fact that the drivers are quite vocal about how they’re looking forward to the racing, and how much fun they have when they’re there (explains the interest), and when people hear that it sways them. It becomes contagious. It’s definitely not us selling it, it’s the drivers themselves.”

Touring car stars Steve Soper and Tim Harvey are also set to compete in the 116 Trophy this year at some point, having both tested the car.

“Harvey absolutely loved the car” Bate added, “he just got the fact that it was cheap and it was fun, and he got out of it really really interested and dead eager to get racing and get his son into racing, they’re talking about coming through the Trophy. Because of the amount of track time and it’s rear-wheel drive, if you cut your teeth in a Trophy car it sets you in good stead”

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