The Mini Challenge championship has extended its partnership with Dunlop as its sole tyre supplier for the next three years after signing a new deal.

With the champion of the Mini Challenge series being rewarded with a test for an official Dunlop British Touring Car Championship squad, the partnership sees the two categories drawn closer together as the John Cooper Works cars race on the same Dunlop Sport Maxx BTCC slick compound tyres.

Michael Butler, event leader at Dunlop Motorsport, is thrilled to secure the extended partnership to strengthen the tyre manufacturer’s bonds with Mini.

"Partnering with the Mini Challenge provides a great platform for Dunlop from both a product and brand perspective," Butler said. "Dunlop has been part of the MINI history since 1959 and we see the MINI Challenge as an important step on a driver’s route to the BTCC."

"We are delighted to extend our agreement with Dunlop by another three years, as we see the Mini Challenge and Dunlop as inseparable partners with closely aligned aims within the British motorsport landscape," Anthony Williams, Promoter of Mini Challenge UK, added. "Our journey with Dunlop is therefore set to continue and we look forward to seeing where the journey takes us in the years to come."

The final round of the 2017 Mini Challenge John Cooper Works series is this weekend (23-24 September) at Donington Park.