Unfinished business for Nevill
Unfinished business for Nevill

Alex Nevill recently announced that he would continue racing in the Mini Challenge for 2020 in the pro class.

Having moved up to the pro class in 2019, it was an easy decision for Nevill to carry on in the series.

Speaking to Kent Sports News about the decision, he said: “At the end of last season it really felt like I had unfinished business in the Pro class. We’d shown good pace throughout the year, and had some good results, but the end result wasn’t the one I wanted.

“I felt it was important to return this year and do the job properly before moving on to a new challenge in the future.”

Alex did show that he had potential and that he could be a challenger for the title once the 2020 season gets underway.

He added: “Not as such, because our performances are going to need to be consistently stronger to really challenge for the title. I learnt an awful lot from all that happened last year though, and I’m certainly looking to use that to my advantage.”

The Mini Challenge is an ultra-competitive race series and that makes the racing close every single round.

“It’s a really tough championship, and with some very good newcomers for 2020 as well as returning drivers like me I think this could be one of the toughest years yet!

“Everybody will be really close on pace, it means you have to dig really deep to get to the front, which helps you improve as a driver whilst also enjoying some great racing.”

As part of staying in the series, Alex has moved across to Graves Motorsport for the coming season, and that is to help in his quest to add the pro title to the Am title he won in 2018.

He said: “Absolutely, the goal is to win the championship and that’s a target they share with me. 

“They’re new to Mini’s but they have a championship winning pedigree from other series. It’s really important as a driver that you have a good team around you so that you can focus on the driving without any distractions and that’s what I think I’ll have with them.”

Finally we asked Alex how he is keeping fit ready for when the lockdown is lifted and the 2020 motorsport season can get underway.

He added: “It’s difficult for sure, usually my favourite way of keeping fit is to go to the gym, but obviously that isn’t an option right now.

“I’m fortunate to be a part of the Motorsport UK Academy, who’ve worked with some of their partners to put together a home fitness program for us. That’s been a huge help for me and I can actually feel myself improving my fitness, as I’m spending more time working on areas I don’t think about enough in the gym.

“I’ve also been doing quite a bit of sim racing online to try to stay sharp, and I’ve recently set up a “virtual Mini Challenge” for all of us as drivers to race together.

“We’ve got some live streaming set up for that too so hopefully we can provide some racing entertainment to those who are missing it currently.”