The 2021 driver profiles will be uploaded shortly…………
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’
Stuart 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.
Mick 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.
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.
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)
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.
Darren 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.
Peter Vemply 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.
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.
SUPER MIGHTY MINIS
David Kirkpatrick: 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.
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.
Ian 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.
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.
Mark 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.
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
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.
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.