CASTLE COMBE RECAP

RAIN STOPS PLAY

Heavy flooding halts Castle Combe double-header

Severe weather from ‘Storm Alex’ swept across the UK at the weekend, with persistent rain eventually causing the Autumn Classic meeting to be cancelled on Sunday morning due to a waterlogged track, and Round 9 in the M7RC’s National Challenge left ‘on hold’.

However, despite damp and gloomy conditions on the Saturday, the Round 8 races went ahead, former BTCC champion Andrew Jordan opening out a clear advantage to win his second Miglia race following victory at Brands in August, with Kane Astin gamely chasing in his spray throughout. Rupert Deeth recovered from an opening lap spin to claw his way back to third ahead of Aaron Smith and Scott Kendall, Smith retaining a comfortable series lead.

In the Libre class, Dan Lewis edged closer to Rob Davis in the standings as the pair finished 1-2, with former Miglia racer from the late-80/early-90s, Richard Colburn returning in his original car for third in class.

The overall result in the Se7en/S-Class encounter was no less wetter but was rather more contentious, Jeff Smith taking the chequered flag in front of Spencer Wanstall but, according to the live timing at least one lap, or over 2 ½ minutes earlier than the scheduled 20 minutes. The ‘early’ flag was due to “debris on track” which was actually Smith’s bonnet that had eventually detached itself after contact when lapping S-Class cars, and the question was raised why there wasn’t a red flag, but ultimately the result stood. Andrew Deviny was third from Glen Woodbridge and Leon Oli Window.

Further back, Connor O’Brien continued his return to winning ways in S-Class, eventually dropping the closely battling pair of Thorburn Astin and Matthew Ayres, although fourth-placed Greg Daw retained his points lead.

Hopefully the ‘weather gods’ will be kinder in three weeks’ time at Thruxton in Hampshire on 24-25 October, and the final scheduled rounds in the already revised calendar for the 2020 Dunlop National Challenge supported by Mini Spares  ●

RESULTS:      Castle Combe          3-4 October

Round 8        Miglia / Libre                       15 laps

1st      77       A Jordan – M

2nd     11       K Astin – M

3rd     23       R Deeth – M

9th      171     D Lewis – L

Round 8        Se7en / S-Class                    11 laps

1st      1          J Smith – 7

2nd     73       S Wanstall – 7

3rd     77       A Deviny – 7

6th      787     C O’Brien – S

Round 9        Miglia / Libre

– Race postponed –

Round 9        Se7en / S-Class

 – Race postponed –

 

Full results can be viewed at www.tst-timing-com

Provisional points will be posted on www.mini7.co.uk

Words: Rich Williamson

SNETTERTON RECAP

SAVIOURS AT SNETTERTON

Mini 7 Racing Club season continues to lift the spirits

Appreciative motorsport fans were treated to another superb weekend of Mini racing action on 19-20 September in sunny East Anglia, with separate double-headers for Rounds 6 and 7 in the National Mini Challenges producing four equally entertaining battles around the longer 300 Snetterton circuit.

The Se7ens and S-Class cars were out together first on Saturday mid-afternoon, reigning champion Jeff Smith taking a narrow victory and new lap record ahead of points leader Spencer Wanstall, with early leader Andrew Deviny right on their tails at the chequered flag. It was the same order on Sunday morning, although Smith only clinched it on a 1-lap slip-streamer restart following a safety car intervention.

In the ‘ScholarshIp’ class which elected to start 10s behind the Se7ens, Connor O’Brien was back to winning ways, although he was made to work hard for both victories by Thorburn Astin, the latter setting a new class lap record in the second race, while Ben Butler and Damien Harrington completed the trophy positions on Saturday and Sunday respectively, the latter after Jonnie Kent tumbled over the Esses kerbs, thankfully emerging with only slight bruising from a rather beaten-up ‘shell.

Honours in the shared Mini Miglia with Libre events were possibly even closer fought, and the head of the field gradually whittled down to a three-way fight between Rupert Deeth, reigning champion Aaron Smith and Lee Deegan, Deeth winning on Saturday by a nose, then Deegan on Sunday by a breathtaking 0.001s on the run to the flag as Smith maintained his series lead with a brace of 2nds, not to mention a new lap record too.

The semi-invitational Libres saw a back-of-the-grid charge from Dan Lewis to win the class on Saturday, including a new lap record, ahead of reigning class titleist Phil Harvey from Rob Davis who recovered from a big ‘moment’, while Davis and Lewis then traded Sunday’s lead before the latter’s 8-port began trailing a smoky trail of oil vapour which led to his demise, Davis spinning off and stalling, and then newcomer Craig Cox who stopped near the end when in front, leaving Peter Hills to collect maximum points in his 16V.

Fingers (and toes) will be crossed that the season will continue beyond the current COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ rumours, and the next instalment for Rounds 8 and 9 in the Dunlop National Mini Challenges supported by Mini Spares, which are due in a fortnight at Castle Combe in Wiltshire on 3-4 October  ●

RESULTS:      Snetterton 300                  19-20 September
 Round 6        Se7en / S-Class                    9 laps
1st      1          J Smith – 7
2nd     73       S Wanstall – 7
3rd     77       A Deviny – 7
8th      787     C O’Brien – S
Round 6        Miglia / Libre                       9 laps
1st      23       R Deeth – M
2nd     21       A Smith – M
3rd     48       L Deegan – M
7th      171     D Lewis – L
Round 7        Se7en / S-Class                    7 laps
1st      1          J Smith – 7
2nd     73       S Wanstall – 7
3rd     77       A Deviny – 7
10th   787     C O’Brien – S
Round 7        Miglia / Libre                       9 laps
1st      48       L Deegan – M
2nd     21       A Smith – M
3rd     23       R Deeth – M
7th      126     P Hills – L

 

Full results can be viewed at www.tst-timing-com

Provisional points will be posted on www.mini7.co.uk

 

Words: Rich Williamson

Image: Matt Barrington

Snetterton live coverage

We return to Snetterton, Norfolk, this weekend (19th-20th September) for rounds 6 and 7 of the 2020 Mini 7 Racing Club season.

COVID19 restrictions mean that it’ll be a closed-doors event, but thanks to MED Engineering, we’re going to stream live footage of Sunday’s two races.

There will be one Mini Se7en/S-Class race and one Mini Miglia/Libre race on Saturday and the same on Sunday.

If you’re not already a follower of our Facebook page, please head on over and give it a like, and you’ll be able to tune in on Sunday.

For more info on MED, please see their online store at www.med-engineering.co.uk

BRANDS HATCH GP RECAP

BLISTERING BRANDS

Scorching temperatures were matched by the on-track Mini action at the Brands Hatch TOCA meeting on 8-9 August

In a treble-header triumph, the Mini 7 Racing Club were once again star performers on the support bill to the British Touring Car Championship, with all three races producing sizzling performances from full-to-bursting grids.
In the top-tier Mini Miglias, local ace Aaron Smith came away with a pair of overall wins to strengthen his points lead, while on his series debut, BTCC star Andrew Jordan worked his way up the podium positions from 3rd on Saturday, through 2nd on Sunday morning before edging out Smith in the live ITV4 broadcast in the afternoon finale. Others to feature at the front included former champions Rupert Deeth, Kane Astin and Endaf Owens, along with Nick Padmore, Sam Summerhayes and Lee Deegan.
Not far behind in the Mini Libre ‘free formula’, Rob Davis eked out a series lead with a brace of class maximums, while Dan Lewis bagged the other winner’s trophy as Josh Evans and newcomer Darren Cox also accrued top-3 silverware.
Equally competitive up front were the Mini Se7ens with three different winners. Reigning champion Jeff Smith took the opener on Saturday after Max Hunter’s engine died on the last lap when poised to strike, while in Sunday morning’s safety car-interrupted race, three-time former champ’ Andrew Deviny timed his run to perfection to pip Hunter on the line, and then in the later encounter it was a similar outcome as Ross Billison nosed ahead of Spencer Wanstall to finally break his duck to record a very popular first-time victory.
S-Class honours went to Connor O’Brien in the opening race, although engine issues saw him drop out of the second and miss the third, leaving Greg Daw and Thorburn Astin to reap the rewards respectively. Ben Butler, Matt Ayres, Jonnie Kent and Ben Cutler also picked up podium finishes.
New lap records for the 2.4332-mile GP circuit  fell to Kane Astin, Dan Lewis and Jeff Smith in Miglia, Libre and Se7en classes respectively.
With five of the re-scheduled 2020 National calendar rounds complete, the M7RC will now head off to Snetterton in East Anglia over the 19-20 September weekend for Rounds 6 & 7. Not to be missed!

RESULTS:

Brands Hatch GP 8-9 August – Rounds 3, 4 & 5
Race 1 – 12 laps/20 mins
1st                  21       A Smith – M
14th               500     R Davis – L
18th               01       J Smith – 7
22nd              787     C O’Brien – S
Race 2 – 10 laps/20 mins
1st                  21       A Smith – M
12th               171     D Lewis – L
18th               77       A Deviny – 7
27th               712     G Daw – S
Race 3 – 9 laps/15 mins
1st                  70       A Jordan – M
13th               500     R Davis – L
18th               49       R Billison – 7
26th               736     T Astin – S

For full results details, go to Results section on www.mini7.co.uk or visit www.tsl-timing.com

For latest championship points, go to Standings section on www.mini7.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brands Hatch Mini Festival goes live, plus BBQ!

We have a truly excellent club weekend lined up for the Brands Festival:

  1. Over 55 cars entered (see below) plus more late entries expected
  2. Live streaming coverage of Sunday races on Facebook
  3. BBQ on Saturday night (free to members plus one guest)
  4. Live band on Saturday night, the Cellarats
  5. Club photo planned on Saturday night
  6. Click here for timetable
  7. Click here for final instructions
  8. Click here for paddock layout

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