Drivers Profiles

 

The list of drivers below is being updated regularly and does not have all drivers listed, additions will be made as we get up to date photos and info.

Mighty Minis Racing class ‘A’


scwStuart Combe: Stuart has campaigned in his Maniflow Exhaust supported car at the sharp end of the championship for a number of years. Stuart was second in the penultimate race of 2015, and was on for a Class ‘A’ championship win and he very nearly did just that. However a last bend coming together landed him in the gravel trap putting an eleventh hour end to his efforts. A bitter pill to swallow, but as ever Stuart was the consummate gentleman. Stuart finished third in the championship and was awarded the prestigious ‘Leukaemia spirit of event award’ Stuart’s wife and daughter are present at every race supporting his efforts. Stuart did it again missing out on a championship title, Stuart finished second in 2017 season after having a mid season crash that saw him having to re-shell his car.


mgw_edited-1Mick Grover: This is Mick’s fourth year in Mighty Minis and he is certainly finding it much more enjoyable and cheaper than the Karting he has done in the past. His car is most noticeable with the GROVER motorsport logos that emblazon the car.


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Craig Pendlebury: Craig is certainly viewed as one of the front runners, fortified by podium finishes and race lap leads so far this season. Graig’s partner and mother are in regular attendance at every race lending a hand and offering support where possible. It wont be long before we see him on the top step.


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Dan Horne: One of the competitors from the north of England 36 year old Dan and his friends painstakingly built his car and is a well respected driver in the championship who is finding his feet. This is his thrid year with the Mighty Minis championship having never raced before. Dan certainly enjoys his time at the circuits and is a quiet but determined driver. He always wears a smile as do his friends. Great man to have in the championship.


Daniel Heywood: Dan works with a historic motorsport race preparation business and started racing in the Mighty Minis championship in 2017 and has had varying success. He ended his 2017 campaign with a race win at Pembrey circuit in South Wales and in doing so put down a marker as to for serious intent for the 2019 season. Silverstone was a case of mixed blessings as he shook off the winter cobwebs.


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Suzy Inch; This will be Suzy Inch’s third season in the Mighty Mins class A championship furthering the long history of the Inch family participants in Mini racing. In her first year she competed in her multi-coloured car number 74 however this year she is sporting her inch Team colours PINK she has also chosen to run as number 26. Suzy had a great start the season at Cadwell Park and it was quite obvious that she has improved her race craft and generally got stuck in. 


Gerry Windett; This will be Gerry’s second year in the Mighty Minis championship (more info to follow)


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Laura Harris: Laura joined championship ago after some years as an avid supporter. With the help of her good friend Andy Harrison of AceSpeed,  old Laura has managed to be competitive as she gains skill and confidence. Laura works at Moss Bradford and is a keen classic car enthusiast. keen to mention the well need help by Acespeed and Moss Europe. Laura was presented with the Neil Fearnley commitment award, as she trailers the car to all of the meetings on her own and works on the car on her own between races. If you can help she has set up a gofund page- www.gofundme.com/rebuilding-mighty-mini-30. Please share. Remember every little helps, it can soon add up with your help. Be part of a success story.


nlw Nick Lyford: Nick represents the driver that Mighty Minis was designed for, in that he always considered getting involved but never found the time or the right championship to take part in. Nick took the plunge after years of supporting his son James who graduated from Karting. Nick who works in the oil industry was able to arrange his diary to suit his ambitions as a race car driver and has not looked back since. Nick has owned many minis in his life, so this was the opportunity to put those country lane white knuckle rides to the test. He is a regular top ten finisher narrowly missing out on the podium. Nick also competes in twenty four hour races now as well. Nick’s wife and family are always in attendance to offer support and hot cups of tea when needed.


dazwDarren Nightingale: Darren is better known as Daz and has raced in the Mighty Minis Class ’A’ for many years. Daz owns his own garage and also maintains other cars in the championship. Daz has had his misfortunes over the years and now competes in his second car. Daz’s wife and two children come along to support him at all races.


 

 

Mark Davies; What did Mark have to say after his first race weekend in the Mighty Minis championship ‘ The marvelous Mighty Mini racing team, named my daughter, Luna (3), was formed in 2017, after a 32 year break! (that’s the last time I raced in a Mini then, without an ECU though). Being the oldest novice at the moment has an interesting twist in as much as I hope to show some of the youngsters how to drive, but that might be just in my head! We’ll see!  Everyone helps everyone else. Just how it should be. Stuart Combe suffered a failing gearbox in qualifying and it was only matter of time and the rumour of Stuart buying the beers that the engine was quickly on the floor, ably assisted by, yes you guessed it, Matt Davies who was returning to motorsport after an absence of some 35 years. Great to know that Mighty Minis racing was the championship that caught his eye. However, at the first race at Silverstone he was asked if he wanted to weigh in the Mini, he  replied ” do I have to?” What is the advantage? he asked Indignantly.  ” People usually do”  was the answer.

God Loves a tryer


 

Ben Butler:  Ben has competed in both the Mighty Minis and the super Mighty Minis in the past and has returned for some more fun having competed in another Mini championship where he acquitted himself well finishing second. 


Peter Vemplpvby Burwood: Peter ‘s story is somewhat different As he had raced with us for a couple of races in 2003. Peter built his car back then and sold it regretfully, as his personal circumstances had changed. However he had not put his burning desire to compete in the Mighty Minis championship to bed and had always felt that he had unfinished business. He contacted us last year to see if we knew who had his car and thankfully we were able to help. He has since checked the car over and got the seat where he needed it as he is a tall lad. 


 

Mathew Baker: Matt is involved with the country wide yellow box company, this will be Matt’s third season in the Class ‘A’ championship. 


Greg Daw: This will be Greg Daw’s third season in the Class ‘A’ Mighty Minis championship, Greg is a Plymouth based Garage owner (PGS) , his partner is the very accomplished mini racer Louise Inch. 


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dan BuryDan Bury: Dan is a JCB engineer by trade and is more accustomed to fast rear wheel drive Go Karts.but has defended his honour well in the last couple of years. Could there be a win in the pipeline?


Paul Ogborn:  Some say that his Bristolian accent is undetectable when he speaks Russian, that his prescription glasses are MI6 x-ray specs and his peculiar lack of social media presence suggests he is either a spy, or very old!  All we know is that he is the 2016 Mighty Mini Novice Champion and Flying Fifty Champion and has raced in both the Mighty and Super Mighty categories since he joined the sport in 2016.


Lisette Jane Ogborn: Some say that she sees no reason to keep all her wheels on the track at the same time or the car the right way up believing she is the club’s real ‘Flying’ Fifty Champion and that she practices most of her race moves whilst mowing her lawn every week!

All we know is that she is the 2017 ‘Spirit of the Championship’ winner, the 2018 John Bateman National Club Racer of the Year (runner-up) and regular competitor in the Mighty Mini category.


Tony Claringbold: This will be Tony’s third year competing in the Mighty Minis class A championship.Tony dipped his toes into Mighty Minis racing in the 2017 season sharing a car with Lisette Ogborn. Previously he had been Sprinting and Hill climbing a variety of vehicles with varying degrees of success. After a few MM races he was hooked and now owns his own car and aims to compete a full season in 2018 thanks to Steve Rideout’s support in the shape of Octane Racing who prep and fix the car for him. He admits that Minis handle unlike anything else he has raced so there is always something to learn but it’s a lot of fun along the way!

 


Owen Edgley: this will be Owen’s third year in the Mighty Minis class ‘A’ championship and has shown well. Owen also won the 2017 Novice championship. 


Nick Townend: This will be Nick’s second season in the Mighty Minis championship after growing up near Silverstone and flirting with motorsport throughout his life, his work in the Media industry and slight obsession with classic Mini’s got the better of him. After collecting his rusty wreck from Glasgow, lots of welding @thechilimotospeedshop, scouring eBay for parts and with some race know how from Andy Harrison at ACE speed he took his bow at Silverstone 2018 in the lotus inspired black and gold #97 car. he will be travelling to the races from his home in Yorkshire with his partner and baby boy and god willing their vintage VW camper “daisy” and will be roping in various family members to crew the car throughout the season. Nick is exactly the sort of driver that this championship is aimed at. It will be a joy to see his journey improving race by race.

 


SUPER MIGHTY MINIS

 

 

Dave Rees: Dave started his racing in the Standard Mighty Minis and established himself as a regular front runner. However the draw of more power saw him step up to the Super Mighty Minis. The last few months have been a bit sketchy for Dave as he has not been in the best of health. This year he anticipates that he will be back out having some fun. Dave will be returning for another year of hectic racing 


 

David Kirkpdkwatrick: David works in the banking sector and certainly enjoys his Mini racing. David is probably our tallest driver, but this does not hamper him. He started racing in the standard Mighty Minis and has since moved up to the Super Mighty Minis. His very recognisable union jack liveried car is regularly seen at the front of the grid battling relentlessly.

 


nevw Neven Kirkpatrick: Neven Kirkpatrick has won both the Standard Mighty Minis and the Super Mighty Mini championship in the past. Neven is now not only in-charge of his trusty stead but has a young family to take care of. His Demand Technology sponsored car is always at the sharp end of the race. Neven has certainly owned the name of a hard charger who will take advantage of any mistake race determinedly to the flag. 


iswIan Slark: Ian a Classic car restorer by trade follows in his brother’s and father’s footsteps as a keen Mini racer. At forty two, Ian has competed in the championship for six years and won his first race in his ‘Number Works Pubs’ supported car in 2014. Ian then went on to win a closely fought Class ‘A’ championship entering the last race one point ahead of his nearest rival. As the Class ‘A’ champion he moved across to the Super Mighty Minis for the 2015 season, finishing a credible third in his first seasons’ campaign. 


nsw Neil Slark: Neil Slark has motorsport running through his veins as his father Brian was the founder of the family business ‘ Slark race engineering’ which Neil now owns. Neil is responsible for most of the tuning work on the cars in the championship through his rolling road business. Neil has won the Mighty Minis championship in the past and now competes in the Super Mighty Minis and shares a car in Classic Mini racing. His wife and young family come along to all of the races.


ditchy Mark ‘Butler’ Ditchburn: Mark a bus driver by trade, but also a very funny writer as witnessed on his extremely funny satirical Facebook page, started racing in the Mighty Minis class. Mark is a staunch supporter of Mighty Minis racing, recognising that without this championship he would never have had the chance to compete in circuit racing. Mark builds every aspect of his car and thoroughly enjoys seeing how well it fares against other cars. His son, daughter and wife support him at all of the events.


Mark ‘Biggles‘ Burnett: Thirty something old Mark, the MD of the SU Carburetors  Company has competed in both categories of the championship and can be seen also in his Historic Racing Mini. Mark and his wife Rosie have two young children who are enthusiastic in all things mechanical. Mark is a determined but fair racer and has a great sense of humour. His car’s distinct livery represents his interest in classic aviation.


daww Steve Dawson: Steve works in the motor trade in his father’s business. Steve was one of the drivers who took part in the first season of Mighty Minis racing in 1996 and has won both the Standard Mighty Minis class and the Super Mighty Minis championship. Steve is affectionately known as ‘Awesome Dawson’ Steve’s sister Melanie also raced in the Mighty Minis championship. 


Steve Rideout: 2015 Class ‘A’ champion, Steve joined the championship four years ago to achieve a personal ambition to race a Mini. Steve had looked at other options and realised he could never afford to be a front runner in those. Steve had a brief foray in the Super Mighty Minis in 2014 but felt that he had unfinished business in the Class ‘A’ category so finished off the season by returning the Class ‘A’ grid. Steve also owns Octane racing


Alex Comis: Alex has raced in both categories of the Mighty Minis championship since he joined in 2000. Alex won a hard fought Super Mighty Minis Donington night race and has been a regular visitor to the podium over the years. Thirty eight year old Alex works at Birmingham University as an Administrator. Alex is supported by the Mini Spares Centre. Alex was a past recipient of the Chris Inch Trophy. He looks after his car himself with the help of a few friends. Always up for a laugh and a true prankster, regardless of his fun character he is a winner at heart . A


 

dan palw_edited-1 Dan Palmer: Dan owns SV synergy an audio visual specialist company that fits high end bespoke systems into luxury apartments and Yachts around the world. He tries to race as and when he can fit the time in. Dan started his racing in the standard Mighty Minis and is one of the many drivers who took the plunge and graduated to the Super Mighty Minis. A new addition to the family has put even more pressure on him and we hope to see him back out soon.


John Cockburn-Evans:  John started his racing fun relatively late, getting his licence at the age of 48 in 2009. After a disastrous first race where he was taken out by a spinning Elise in the MSVR Elise Trophy Endurance at Brands Hatch, he turned his attentions to other series, and tried to follow Martin Donnelly’s advice from the Elise Trophy which was “Drive Fast & Don’t Crash”, sage words, but not always easy. John had moderate progression in the BRSCC MX-5 Championship with a few podiums in 2014 and a few more in 2015, with a win at Croft in September. John decided to take sabbatical in 2016/7, in order to start a business , but is now prepared for, and looking forward for to the Super Mighty Minis 2018 competing in car 77.  John takes his racing moderately serious, but very little else in life. He is happy to follow the mantra of Zen Dog, ”He knows not where he’s going, For the ocean will decide, It’s not the destination, It’s the glory of the ride”.

John now resides in Bury St Edmunds Suffolk, but still considers himself a “Plastic Scouser” from Cheshire, and runs a successful business consultancy. John is married with two children, and although has already picked up the nickname “The Russian” from one of the other drivers, but would be happy with what his children call him “Blue Stig”.


Greg Jenkins: Greg the owner of the Italian Job Mini hire and independent mechanic started his racing in his early years with Autograss. Thirty nine year old Greg as been with the Mighty Minis championship for some years . His first car ended its life after a driving error at Castle Combe. Greg is a well respected front runner, Greg and his father maintain his car which won the 2015 ‘Yokohama’best presented car award. Greg won the 2106 Mighty Class A championship after many years of trying. He was fully of praise for his father who has been a great help. Greg now competes in the Super Mighty Minis championship supporting the Brain Tumour Charity through his efforts.