Cadwell Park preview

We head to Cadwell Park this weekend (21-22nd May) for rounds five and six. The Lincolnshire venue always brings out the best from the Mini 7 Racing Club roadshow, with non-stop lights-to-flag action, set against a captivating backdrop.


Three-time National champion Aaron Smith heads the points standings after four rounds, and comes to Cadwell with a win and three runner-up slots already chalked up in the 1.3-litre performance-packed class.

However, a brace of victories from twice champion Rupert Deeth reveals a mere 3-point margin, so with 20 for a win plus 1 point for fastest lap there is still loads to play for in the 16-round calendar. In third overall, former BTCC race winner Jeff Smith has moved up in formulae after three back-to-back National Se7en titles and has so far been on the pace with a brace of podium finishes.

Another former BTCC star, and the 2021 Miglia champion, Andrew Jordan scored a win in the opening Silverstone meet in March, although with Historic and Rallycross commitments as well his entry here had yet to be confirmed. Of the rest pencilled in, 2015 champion Kane Astin can be expected to challenge the leaders, as might Ashley Davies, Ben Colburn and Lewis Selby.


Mini Libre

A double-maximum score at Snetterton last month gives Richard Colburn a clear lead in the eclectic A-Series category, his 5-porter so far proving reliable over some of the larger capacity variations.

Of these, Phil Harvey usually runs a 1380cc capacity 5-porter, indeed having won the class title on in 2018/19 seasons, while Peter Hills’ 16-valve can be quick but reliability is less certain, likewise Craig Cox’ 8-port example despite a Silverstone victory.



Margins are even closer in the M7RC’s 1.0-litre ‘Heritage’ formula – the original 850cc formula having begun as long ago as 1966! – and here it is former GT and TVR frontrunner and now leading Historic prep expert Mike Jordan who holds court by a single point over rising star Connor O’Brien, the pair dominating the podiums so far, with Jordan holding a 3-to-1 win ratio.

Spencer Wanstall and Joe Thompson are their chief rivals for overall honours, but both have recorded a DNF apiece, the former rolling spectacularly out of the lead at Silverstone in Round 2, thankfully emerging unharmed.

Despite engine gremlins early in the season, Glen Woodbridge showed at Snetterton last time out that he is another potential frontrunner with a pair of battling runs into 4th, while Jo Polley has also produced her best form to date and could well pick up another podium if those ahead falter. Look out to for Darren Thomas and Lee Roberts who could be dark horses for a high score at flagfall.


Mini-7 S-Class

Dominating the 1275cc ‘Introductory’ category is Michael Winkworth, the 2021 champ’ continuing his pole position fastest lap victory sequence with metronomic consistency.

Last season’s runner-up Damien Harrington also maintains his dogged pursuit to peg the gap to 9 points, having denied Winkworth  a clean sweep by scooping a fastest lap at Silverstone.

Battling in their wake are the likes of novice Frazer Hack with a pair of 2nds last time out, along with Bens Seyfried and Butler, plus Matts Ayres and Page who are all agonisingly close to upsetting the form book. Either way, take up in the limited-tuning Scholarship formula has seen phenomenal growth in recent seasons, with a stand-alone grid scheduled for the Mini Festival meeting in August.


LAP RECORDS (2.1869-mile circuit)

Miglia:                 Andrew Jordan                  1:39.223              79.34 mph           11 July 2021

Libre:                    Phil Harvey                        1:45.054              74.94 mph           31 August 2019

Se7en:                  Jeff Smith                           1:47.722              73.08 mph           11 July 2021      

S-Class:                Michael Winkworth         1:50.319              71.36 mph           11 July 2021

Silverstone season opener – 26/27 March

Two weeks on from the opening event of the 2022 season, the British Automobile Racing Club is back at Silverstone for another action-packed weekend – this time around the International layout of the Northamptonshire venue.

We’ll be joining the Classic Touring Car Racing Club with four high octane Mini races, rounds one and two of the 2022 championship. Tickets are available from £16 and can be purchased in advance from the Silverstone tickets store.


Saturday will feature qualifying for the Mini Se7ens, S-Class, Mini Miglia and Libre. Sunday will see two races for the Miglia/Libre field and two for the Se7ens and S-Class.

We’ll be based in the outside paddock adjacent to the spectator parking, so please pop over and say hi.

Live streaming

We will once again be going live on Facebook and Youtube. Make sure to follow the BARC on Facebook and keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook page for pics and updates as the weekend progresses.


Awards Night – January 22nd

Since the announcement of the forthcoming annual end-of-season Awards evening in the last issue of Pit & Paddock, sales of tickets have been rapidly taking off.

With the cancellation of the end-of-season 2020 event that was due to be held back in January this year, there is a clear sense that this time around the Club and its members have a lot of socialising to catch up on!

Be sure to book your place at the dinner table and a room for the night as soon as possible, as the evening is sure to be a highlight of the new year!

Ticket booking is available from Mark Sims via, and cost £55 each.

To book your room at the hotel, call 01676 522335 and quote the code U77 for a special discounted rate of £106.

Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club Maxstoke Lane

Saturday 22nd January 2022

HOTTER THAN JULY ! – Cadwell Park race review


With the holiday season imminent, the racing in the Mini Challenge certainly ignited the summer senses at Cadwell Park on 10-11 July

Near capacity grids and lights-to-flag action again put the Mini 7 Racing Club in the spotlight, with four scorching races that drew praise from all quarters at MSVR’s ‘summer festival’ meeting last weekend.

Miglia points leader Andrew Jordan started as he meant to carry on, setting pole position in Saturday afternoon qualifying before converting that advantage into a narrow victory the following morning, chased all the way by a fiercely dicing trio of Kane Astin, Aaron Smith and Rupert Deeth before red flags ended the contest early, a legacy of Richard Colburn’s Libre going off heavily at the Gooseneck and handing the class win to Phil Harvey.

Jordan repeated his Miglia win in the afternoon encounter, but not before a determined charge saw him rise from 8th on the grid to hit the front a lap from home, also lowering the lap record further after Deeth had done so in the earlier race.  Astin had led for the majority before losing out to Jordan around Coppice at the second time of asking, with Smith right on their tails in 3rd from Ben Colburn, Deeth having dropped to 5th in a last-lap re-shuffle. Harvey again won in Libre from top of the standings, Les Stanton.

The Se7ens and S-Class Sunday lunchtime opener also saw a win for the poleman, Jonathan Lewis calling on all his experience to recover from a slow start and work his way back to the front ahead of Jeff Smith, Spencer Wanstall, Nick Croydon-Fowler and early leader Joe Thompson, who lost out most in the last corner scramble onto the home straight. S-Class honours once again went the way of Michael Winkworth, leading from pole and able to maintain a few seconds gap back to his closest rivals led by Damien Harrington from Dave Rees.

Last race of the day was well worth the wait, as Croydon-Fowler finally laid claim to the Se7en’s top spot after a fabulous contest with Smith and Thompson, each leading before it came down to a tactical gamble into the last few corners, canny use of a backmarker enabling the eventual winner to drag to the line by a mere 0.191 secs, Smith’s consolation a new lap record – what a terrific finale! Winkworth underlined his S-Class dominance, this time moving up from the 4th row to lead within a few laps, setting a new class lap record and taking the chequer even further ahead of a fabulous scrap for 2nd in class, eventually led by Darren Cox from Matt Ayres, Greg Daw and Ryan Taylor after Harrington pulled off when at the front of the queue.

Rounds 9 & 10 in the Dunlop National Mini Challenges supported by Mini Spares are set for arguably the biggest meeting of the season, the Mini Festival at Brands Hatch on 21-22 August. Don’t miss it!


RESULTS:      Cadwell Park               10-11 July

Round 7        Miglia + Libre                       8 laps

1st      77       A Jordan – M

2nd     11       K Astin – M

3rd     21       A Smith – M

16th   113     P Harvey – L


Round 7        Se7en + S-Class                   11 laps

1st      41       J Lewis – 7

2nd     01       J Smith – 7

3rd     2          S Wanstall – 7

11th   728     M Winkworth – S

14th   711     D Harrington – S

15th   777     D Rees – S


Round 8        Miglia + Libre                       12 laps

1st      77       A Jordan – M

2nd     11       K Astin – M

3rd     21       A Smith – M

9th      113     P Harvey – L


Round 8        Se7en + S-Class                   11 laps

1st      99       N Croydon-Fowler – 7

2nd     01       J Smith -7

3rd     80       J Thompson – 7

13th   728     M Winkworth – S

15th   732     D Cox – S

16th   758     M Ayres – S


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

Provisional points will be posted on


Words: Rich Williamson

Image: Jamie Payne

Cadwell Park preview




With four different winners in six races, and several others who have taken turns in the lead, the top-tier Mini category continues to put on sparkling entertainment for the fans. After the trip to Silverstone on the GP circuit last month, heading the standings is former BTCC champion Andrew Jordan whose best scores came with a double-victory at Snetterton in May.

However he has been pegged back by reigning triple Miglia champion Aaron Smith, a winner last time out and only once not in the podium positions at the chequered flag this season.

Third lies Ben Colburn who has switched across from Clios along with brother James, the Westbourne team still running Renaults but various historic cars too, while twice former champion Rupert Deeth isn’t far behind either despite a couple of DNFs.

Look out too for Kane Astin, Sam Summerhayes and Colin Peacock to be on the leaderboard, and for former Se7en champ Ashley Davies who is set to make his Miglia debut. Other race winners in 2021 include Endaf Owens and Nick Padmore although neither are down to race at Cadwell this time around.


Mini Libre

Despite running perhaps the least powerful engine set-up in this category, Les Stanton’s consistency in racking up finishes, including a couple of second places, sees him atop the points, although closest challenger Richard Colburn is due to return this weekend having been racing in historics at Thruxton last month when the Libres were at Silverstone.

Former double class champion Phil Harvey will also be good bet for top honours having hopefully cured an early season misfire.



Just 2 points separate former BTTC race winner Jeff Smith and Mini veteran Jonathan Lewis at the top of UK’s oldest one-make saloon car championship. Smith has won twice, at Snetterton, while Lewis took an emotional victory last time out at Silverstone, as it was 41 years ago that he took the overall title.

Nick Croydon-Fowler is next up and although a winner in the S-Class has yet to reach the top spot in Se7ens but don’t rule that out this weekend. Three Silverstone victories mark out Joe Thompson as a title contender also, along with Andrew Deviny who has won the National title three times in the past, and Spencer Wanstall, twice a runner-up.

Of the rest in an ultra-competitive line-up, Connor O’Brien is the reigning S-Class champ and has also won in other Mini categories, and Darren Thomas is a proven race winner in the category, along with Ross Billison and Graeme Davis. Of special interest too will be the series debut of former BTCC/GT frontrunner, and now leading historic preparation team owner Mike Jordan, also dad of Miglia points leader Andrew Jordan!

Mini-7 S-Class

Quite unlike the other three Mini categories, the ‘Scholarship’ class has seen a near whitewash to date, with newcomer Michael Winkworth – a former autograsser – having cleaned up in all six races held, including extra points for five fastest laps.

However, it won’t be for want of trying by his rivals to narrow the gap, and leading the chase is Matt Ayres who has a trio of third places to his credit, with the likes of Damien Harrington, Ryan Taylor and Darren Cox also running Winkworth the closest.


LAP RECORDS (Cadwell Park 2.1869-mile circuit)

Class                     Driver                                  Time                     Ave Speed           Set

Miglia:                 Bill Sollis                             1:39.628              79.02 mph           15 May 2016     

Se7en:                  Andrew Deviny                 1:49.168              72.12 mph           15 May 2016

S-Class:                Scott Kendall                     1:50.680              71.13 mph           9 September 2018              

Libre:                    Phil Harvey                        1:45.054              74.94 mph           31 August 2019

‘SUMMER SIZZLER !’ – Silverstone race review



The Mini 7 Racing Club joined its MG cousins for a sweltering weekend of classic race action on 12-13 June, with four fabulous Mini races to keep everyone fully entertained between sunbathing and cold drinks!

Saturday lunchtime saw the Se7ens and S-Class out first, and a hectic battle up front resulted in Joe Thompson taking the 1.0-litre honours out of the last corner having been deflected across the grass but without losing first place, Spencer Wanstall and Nick Croydon-Fowler bagging the other podium positions as Jonathan Lewis lost out on the run to the flag. Michael Winkworth again cleaned up in the mildly tuned 1275 category, more than a dozen seconds ahead of the chasing pack, led by Ryan Taylor at the finish after Matt Ayres lost power.

Some four hours later, the full-bore 1293 Miglias produced an even closer performance at the head of the field, Endaf Owens and Andrew Jordan swapping the lead throughout before the former edged it across the line by just 0.044s, with Rupert Deeth and Aaron Smith right in their slipstream. In Libres, 2020 class Champion Dan Lewis made a winning return in his 8-port, although ‘polesitter’ David Franks wasn’t far behind in his newly built 16v example.

Sunday’s massive early afternoon line-up contained Miglias, Se7en and S-Class all together, and again the dicing was breathtaking to watch. Having risen to the front from the fourth row of the reverse grid format, a missed gear was enough to demote Andrew Jordan back behind Aaron Smith and Kane Astin who finished 1-2 by a mere 0.101s, with Endaf Owens right on Jordan’s tail after Rupert Deeth dropped out at halfway. Chris Morgan and Sam Summerhayes almost joined the leading quartet across the line too.

The leading Se7ens and S-Class remained unlapped around the 3.66-mile track, and after Joe Thompson and Spencer Wanstall had been eliminated on the opening lap, it was eventually Jonathan Lewis who triumphed ahead of an almost-dead-heat between Connor O’Brien and Jeff Smith, the latter clawing back points after pitting briefly in the previous day’s race. Driving car #41, Lewis admitted to a teary moment afterwards as he fondly recalled his 1980 title triumph!  In S-Class, Winkworth’s margin of victory was a lot smaller this time, although he still managed to rise from 8th on the grid to lead within a couple of laps, Darren Cox following up his 3rd from the day before with a strong 2nd from Damien Harrington, although Matt Ayres remained 2nd overall in the points.

Finally, to allow everyone a second race on Sunday, the MGCC kindly offered space on the back of their MG Cup grid for the whole Mini Libre invitation class, and despite a delay clearing up stranded cars from the previous race, the Libres put on an impressive performance chasing the ‘libre’ MG selection from a 10s delay, Dan Lewis storming up to 4th overall before ominous puffs of smoke signalled falling oil pressure, David Franks sweeping past on the last lap to claim full points ahead of Phil Harvey in 2nd.

Further positive news was the continued live streaming during these restricted times for spectator attendance, and the excellent coverage from Silverstone via MySupercar Productions. Next stop on the whirlwind Mini racing tour is at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire on 10-11 July, for Rounds 7 & 8 in the Dunlop National Mini Challenges supported by Mini Spares.


RESULTS:      Silverstone GP                   12-13 June

Round 5        Se7en + S-Class                  8 laps

1st      80       Joe Thompson -7

2nd     2          Spencer Wanstall – 7

3rd     99       N Croydon-Fowler – 7

10th   728     Michael Winkworth – S

12th   784     Ryan Taylor – S

13th   732     Darren Cox – S


Round 5        Miglia + Libre                     8 laps

1st      32       Endaf Owens – M

2nd     77       Andrew Jordan – M

3rd     23       Rupert Deeth – M

9th      171     Dan Lewis – L

12th   186     David Franks – L

17th   123     Huw Turner – L


Round 6        Miglia + Se7en + S-Class 8 laps

1st      21       Aaron Smith – M

2nd     11       Kane Astin – M

3rd     77       Andrew Jordan – M

16th   41       Jonathan Lewis – 7

17th   87       Connor O’Brien – 7

18th   01       Jeff Smith – 7

26th   728     Michael Winkworth – S

27th   732     Darren Cox – S

28th   711     Damien Harrington – S


Round 6        Libre (run with MG Cup)       8 laps

4th      186     David Franks – L

5th      113     Phil Harvey – L

7th      283     Harvey Death – L


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

Provisional  on


Words: Rich Williamson


Double victories for Touring Car stars at Snetterton  

Former BTCC winners Andrew Jordan and Jeff Smith triumphed twice apiece in their respective Mini Miglia and Se7en double-headers over the 8-9 May weekend in Norfolk, with newcomer Michael Winkworth also bagging a brace in the S-Class category.

The 1.3-litre Miglias raced first on the Saturday afternoon, on a still greasy track following rain in morning qualifying. Jordan led from pole and never looked in danger as behind Rupert Deeth headed the chasing pack from Ben Colburn, although the race ended behind the Safety Car for a stranded car. On the Sunday, not even a shower before the start could deter Jordan who stormed up from the 4th row of the reverse grid to again make a break, reigning Champion Aaron Smith followed by Deeth not quite able to reel him in before the chequer flag.

In the concurrent Libre class, Richard Colburn failed to take up his Pole slot in Race 1 due to a broken wire, but made up for that by winning Race 2 the next day after closest challenger Peter Crewes dropped out in his 7-port, having won the previous day’s encounter.

With qualifying on the Saturday, the 1.0-litre Se7ens had both their races on Sunday, and Jeff Smith pretty much mirrored Jordan’s progress by leading from pole in the morning run ahead of Joe Thompson and Spencer Wanstall, and then followed that up with victory from 8th on the grid in the afternoon, the latter very much a case of being on the right tyre choice of slicks, despite another rainshower before the start. Smith’s title rivals Thompson and Wanstall opted for wets and rued that choice as they gradually dropped back, allowing Connor O’Brien and Jonathan Lewis through to battle over the podium positions.

Similarly, Winkworth cleaned up in the limited tuning 1275cc S-Class although his wins weren’t so clear cut, as Damien Harrington hounded him throughout with Matt Ayres shadowing the pair for 3rd in both races, and teenager Ryan Taylor again turning heads especially when he nearly rolled at the Esses!

As at Silverstone in April, race organiser BARC had set-up live screening of all the action and, as with Owens Motorsport sponsorship at Silverstone, thanks to backing from MED Engineering on this occasion footage was again available to view on the M7RC Facebook page, with thousands more Mini race fans tuned in over both days.

With 4 rounds completed, there is now a 5-week gap before the National Mini Challenges supported by Mini Spares reconvene, and it’s back to Silverstone on 12-13 June but on the full GP layout. Should be another cracking weekend!


RESULTS:      Snetterton 300                  8-9 May


Round 3        Miglia / Libre                       8 laps

1st      77       A Jordan – M

2nd     23       R Deeth – M

3rd     55       B Colburn – M

12th   177     P Crewes – L


Round 3        Se7en / S-Class                    9 laps

1st      01       J Smith – 7

2nd     80       J Thompson – 7

3rd     2          S Wanstall – 7

9th      728     M Winkworth – S


Round 4        Miglia / Libre                       8 Laps

1st      77       A Jordan – M

2nd     21       A Smith – M

3rd     23       R Deeth – M

11th   219     R Colburn – L


Round 4        Se7en / S-Class                    8 Laps

1st      01       J Smith – 7

2nd     87       C O’Brien – 7

3rd     41       J Lewis – 7

9th      728     M Winkworth – S


Full results can be viewed at www.tst-timing-com
Provisional points will be posted on


Words: Rich Williamson
Photo: Jamie Payne
Hectic Mini Se7ens


Superb action and huge online viewing figures mark successful start to M7RC season

Brilliant Mini racing at Silverstone on 24-25 April proved a hit for ‘lockdown’ viewers tuning in to watch the action on live screening channels, with the combined winning margins of all four races totalling less than a second!

Both Miglia encounters saw between 6- and 8-car trains in contention throughout, with Endaf Owens holding off tremendous pressure to take the opening victory on Saturday, while Nick Padmore came through to triumph in Sunday’s repeat, further lowering the lap record after Sam Summerhayes’ fine effort the day before. Former BTCC champion Andrew Jordan twice had to settle for 2nd while reigning Miglia titleist Aaron Smith scored a brace of 3rds.

In the Libre category, Richard Colburn landed a double, despite a jump start in the first race.

Jeff Smith and Spencer Wanstall looked to continue their Mini Se7en title battle from last season, but it was Joe Thompson returning from a year’s hiatus who came through brilliantly to claim both victories by a proverbial whisker from Smith, the latter also setting a new class lap record for the International circuit. Wanstall claimed a Race 1 podium but retired in the second as Nick Croydon-Fowler stormed up the order to third on the Sunday to pip Jonathan Lewis, the latter returning to the category 41 years after he won it in 1980!

It was equally intense in the concurrent S-Class, newcomer Michael Winkworth ahead at the chequered flag both times, with Damien Harrington running him the closest of several challengers.

The M7RC received amazingly positive feedback of the fabulously entertaining action, with eyebrow-raising viewing figures, and perhaps best summed up by an incredulous driver at Silverstone from another race series who commented: “How do they race so close, nose-to-tail?!”

“Oh it’s always like that…” came the reply.

Despite the continuing spectator restrictions under COVID-19, it’s still ‘roll on’ Snetterton in Norfolk over the 8-9 May weekend for Rounds 3 & 4 in the Dunlop National Mini Challenges supported by Mini Spares ● 


RESULTS:      Silverstone Int.                  24-25 April

Round 1        Miglia / Libre                       16 laps

1st      32       E Owens – M

2nd     77       A Jordan – M

3rd     21       A Smith – M

16th   219     R Colburn – L


Round 1        Se7en / S-Class                    14 laps

1st      80       J Thompson – 7

2nd     01       J Smith – 7

3rd     2          S Wanstall – 7

11th   728     M Winkworth – S


Round 2        Miglia / Libre                       16 Laps

1st      56       N Padmore – M

2nd     77       A Jordan – M

3rd     21       A Smith – M

13th   219     R Colburn – L


Round 2        Se7en / S-Class                    14 Laps

1st      80       J Thompson – 7

2nd     01       J Smith – 7

3rd     99       N Croydon Fowler – 7

11th   728     M Winkworth – S



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

Provisional points will be posted on


Words: Rich Williamson

Silverstone rounds to be streamed live

Many thanks to Owens Fabrication, our opening rounds (24/25 April) will be featuring in BARC’s video streams, live on Facebook and Youtube.

Two days of BARC action will feature three rounds of Mini 7 Racing – sure to be a highlight – so make sure to ‘tune in’.

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