116 Trophy set for Continental sister series starting at SPA

The 116 Trophy low-cost BMW 116i endurance series is set for a continental sister contest based in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium starting with a combined Spa meeting in August.

The mainland Europe series is headed by Cees Prins, chief operating officer at Circuit Meppen in Germany. Its opener is planned for Spa in August followed by a meeting at ‘home track’ Meppen. The UK and mainland Europe
series will use the same rules and cars so racers in either can compete in the other. In addition, the Baltic Touring Car Championship has added a 116 Trophy class for 2022.

Prins told Motorsport News: “We are a Dutch company, called Driving-Fun, we are Europe’s biggest track day organisation. We are just missing an affordable racing class with a lot of driving time. “I was in contact with Ben Wilshire from Driven International and I saw that he is driving in this class [116 Trophy], so I thought ‘hey this is interesting’. We have some racing classes over here but not with a lot of driving time; when you’re young you need to drive a lot to gain experience.” UK 116 Trophy coordinator Mark Bate added to MN: “It makes the [UK] series larger. If we can both race together on a level playing field that’s the key; I’m over the moon with that. I can see other smaller European countries may be taking it on [too], Portugal for instance. The future for the Trophy is as bright as anything.

It shows how good this country is at developing things.

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