Mini South Africa will re-enter local racing with a pair of brand new MINI John Cooper Works cars entered in the 2017 Global Touring Car (GTC) Production class in 2017.

Newly crowned Polo Cup champion Chris Shorter will be partnered by championship runner-up Brad Liebenberg. The youngsters will compete in a pair of Federal-Mogul Motorparts MINI John Cooper Works.

The GTC Production (GTC-P) class consists of front-wheel-drive machines that develop just over 200 kW from 2,0-litre turbopetrol powerplants. In 2016 the class consisted solely of VW Golf GTIs.

GTC-P was conceived as a stepping stone for young drivers to migrate from the junior ranks of the sport into the rear-wheel drive GTC class.

There's no indication as to when the 2017 season will commence.