When the forerunner of the Mini Seven Racing Club held its first Formula Mini-7 championship race at Brands Hatch on April 17th 1966, I bet no one could imagine it would still be going strong in 2016. Eight 850cc Formula Mini-7 cars started that day but, even so, the racing was exciting according to the motoring press reports at the time. One aspect has changed since those early days… grid sizes are much larger and we now have three active formulae: Mini Se7en, Mini 7 S-Class and Mini Miglia. The appearance of the cars is staggeringly different to those somewhat amateur days in 1966, but it is without doubt that the racing is just as exciting. The Club this year will be entering its 50th season of racing and, as Chairman, I am confident that this year will be as close and gripping as in previous years.
We have an excellent race calendar, including two Mini Festivals, one at Brands Hatch and the other at Oulton Park. The race calendar will finish at Silverstone, where the Club intends to have an end-of-season celebration of our 50th season. As well as having an excellent race calendar, 2015 appears to be a year where previous M7RC members are making a return to the Club. This will add a new dimension to the racing… how will they fare against the current crop of racers?
If this wasn’t enough, Challenge title sponsor, Dunlop has very generously organised a ‘chance of a lifetime’ for one M7RC race member. The lucky ‘winner’ will test-drive for a day, a top BTCC car with front-running team, Motorbase. To be eligible for this award, the winning member will need to have finished in the top seven of either the Miglia or the Se7en championships, or be the winner of the Mini 7 S-Class. The prize draw will take place after the final round of the championship at Silverstone on September 19th/20th.
We have also a new Challenge title co-sponsor in 2015, namely Mini Spares. Not only are they offering a very generous sponsorship package, but they will be attending the race meetings with numerous spare parts for those ‘racing incidents’ that can often occur. I would like to thank Mini Spares for their support in 2015 and hopefully for many years to come. I would also like to thank our other Challenge sponsors: A-Series Spares, Spax, Piper Cams, Mini Magazine and love:mini. Details of these sponsors can be found on this new-for-2015 website.
So, in summary, I believe that we have an exciting year ahead of us, and here’s to a great 50th season. I wish all my best to new, existing and returning drivers.
Nick Cooke - Chairman of the Mini Seven Racing Club