According to Fullboost, it looks like the R56 will be making its debut in the Australian MINI Challenge in 2008.
Testosterone levels will reach critical as MINI Challenge visits eight of the most exciting tracks across all Australian States and Territories.
The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport has given the go-ahead for the MINI Challenge one make series to kick off in Australia in 2008, when the brand new R56 generation MINI Challenge race cars will have their international motorsport debut.
The MINI Challenge category manager is now in discussion with V8 Supercars Australia with a view to the Series running on the V8 Supercars calendar.
Australiaís MINI Challenge cars will be built to a global racing specification in Germany in late 2007 and will feature a fully integrated roll-cage, race seat, and FIA-spec safety equipment.
Powering each MINI Challenge racer is an identical highly-charged twin scroll turbocharged 1.6-litre MINI engine, blessed with the very latest John Cooper Works magic.