In early September the Mini 7 Racing Club paid a long-overdue inaugural visit to the wonderfully scenic Trac Môn circuit, nestled on Anglesey off of North Wales, and once there produced some epic performances during the penultimate National rounds

Series leader in the 1.3-litre Miglias going into the Welsh weekend, Rupert Deeth maintained his points advantage despite Andrew Jordan twice heading him past the chequered flag, light rain beginning to fall towards the end of Saturday’s opener making track conditions very tricky, while Sunday morning’s rerun played out under near Mediterranean skies and stunning backdrop of Irish Sea and Snowdonia mountains. Behind the leading pair, Kane Astin and Ben Colburn took a 3rd place apiece in the respective Saturday/Sunday encounters.

It was ‘honours even’ in the 1.0-litre Mini Se7ens, Jordan’s father Mike sharing the spoils with title rival Connor O’Brien, the latter benefitting from leader Joe Thompson’s hairpin over-shoot to inherit Saturday’s wet encounter, with Jordan in the final podium spot ahead of Lee ‘rainmaster’ Roberts. Jordan finished two places higher on Sunday, clawing back O’Connor’s early advantage to take the series lead, followed by Ross Billison who held off Glen Woodbridge and Thompson for the final podium trophy (special commemorative awards, crafted from Welsh slate incidentally!)

In the 1275cc S-Class, Chris Prior triumphed on ‘home’ soil in the first race, dukeing it out with fellow novice Frazer Hack to win by a narrow margin after a terrific dice. Hack reversed the score the following day but only after Prior had to pit with a misfire, and Saturday’s 3rd-place class finisher Arnold Duncan had lost ground with a brief ‘off’, recovering to 4th behind Dave Rees, with overall class points leader Damien Harrington in the runner-up slot.

Credit is due to the Libre category too, with all five starters battling – and finishing – closely together throughout both races, with Richard Colburn securing the class title thanks to another double victory, although Les Stanton came the closest yet to a debut win in the slippery opener, following that up with a near-dead-heat with Phil Harvey for 2nd on Sunday – excellent entertainment fully appreciated by spectators and marshals alike.

Next up, a return to Silverstone International which plays host to the championship finals on 15-16 October for, ironically, Rounds 15 & 16 in the Dunlop Mini Challenges supported by Mini Spares, as well as the continuation of the 0-Plate Winter Challenge. With three ‘National’ titles to be decided, it is a weekend not to be missed!

RESULTS:            Trac Môn/Ty Croes, Anglesey                         3-4 September 2022


Round 13            Miglia / Libre            16 laps

1st            1            A Jordan

2nd            23            R Deeth

3rd            11            K Astin

9th            219            R Colburn – L


Round 13            Se7en / S-Class            13 laps

1st            87            C O’Brien

2nd            80            J Thompson

3rd            88            M Jordan

7th            714            C Prior – S


Round 14            Miglia / Libre            16 laps

1st            1            A Jordan

2nd            23            R Deeth

3rd            55            B Colburn

11th            219            R Colburn – L


Round 14            Se7en / S-Class            15 laps

1st            88            M Jordan

2nd            87            C O’Brien

3rd            49            R Billison

9th            725            F Hack – S


Fastest laps established for 1.5500-mile ‘Coastal’ circuit:

Miglia                        R Deeth                        1:17.787 – 71.73 mph

Libre                        R Colburn                        1:20.840 – 69.02 mph

Se7en                        M Jordan                        1:24.685 – 65.89 mph

S-Class            F Hack                        1:26.712 – 64.35 mph





Words: Rich Williamson


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