Donington did not disappoint, the fight for bragging rights for pole in the Super Mighty Minis went to Ian Slark with Steve Rideout and Sturt Combe in hot pursuit. Dan Heywood stepped up to the mark to take pole in the Mighty Minis category with new drivers finding the limits of both their cars and the circuit.
A new and exciting season dawns, trailers laden with newly fettled Mighty Minis and Super Mighty Minis are being towed along the arteries leading to the heart of Lincolnshire, the glorious and thrilling Cadwell Park for the start of the 2021 season. The drivers are pumped to get going after the 2020 season ended prematurely due to the covid 19 virus driven restrictions. It has been a long time waiting for this weekend and the fun is about to begin The big guns are out to do battle and we are pleased to see so many new and returning drivers signing up with the championship this year, many more will make their first appearance at Donington Park, where the championship will come alive.
Ian Slark has returned to defend his 2020 championship win, and boy does he have his hands full as clean shaven Neven Kirkpatrick has been practicing daily on his children’s rocking horse to perfect a jump start during lockdown. Rideout has threatened to ration the biscuits if he is out qualified. Greg Jenkins has ditched the Spi system in an effort to overcome the electrical faults that plagued him in the past. Paul Ogborn who won the 2020 Mighty Minis championship has moved up to the Super Mighty Minis after accepting the challenge of the four year rule. Paul has been out in the Super before so should be able to get up to speed relatively easily. Paul’s wife Lisette, 2020 ladies champion, has switched cars and will be competing in Paul’s ex championship winning car sharing it with their son Josh.
As Paul will not be defending his championship the baton is now there to be wrestled to the finish line. With old hands and retuning hot shoes it is anyone’s guess but a fun time will be had by all Will Matt Baker outwit Dan to take the spoils, I say, watch out for Pinky. So good to be getting back to seeing so many nice people get together to create many memories, keep it positive, it’s the only one you have, enjoy
The 2020 season ended very much as it started for the Mighty Minis championship. As we were rushing around getting everything together to start the new season, it was announced that the country would be on lock down. As if this was not bad enough it became very obvious that this was not going to be for a short time, and as we now know lasted for months. After extended discussions with BARC and other race organisations we managed to form a much reduced four event calendar allowing us eight races. The season kicked off at Croft with an eerie feeling in the paddock for a race meeting as it lacked the buzz that was normally omnipresent at these events.
Croft threw up some great racing with new drivers winning and some making it onto the podium for the first time, most notably Lisette Ogborn who finished third. Paul her husband won both races and certainly threw down the gauntlet to his rivals. Nev Kirkpatrick 2019 Super Mighty Minis champion won both Super races with Ian Slark and Steve Rideout in close pursuit.
Next stop Castle Combe with three new drivers on the grid showing promise in the virus hit environment that we were existing in. Paul Ogborn won both Mighty Mini races but Matt Baker and Daz Nightingale both got the fastest laps respectively. Nev and Ian won the two Super races with Ian securing both fastest laps.
On to what was meant to be our penultimate race event at Thruxton race circuit. What can only be described as wet and wetter weather greeted the drivers, and as expected the conditions threw up some surprises. Most notably new driver Adam Bath in the Super Mighty Minis put his Octane racing rental car on pole, so all to play for in the race. Nev stopped on the green flag lap missing a fantastic race where Ian and David Kirkpatrick shared the spoils, but northern driver Mark Ditchburn almost won after leading both races, in the second race he was on for a win until a back- marker spoilt his line through the final chicane seeing him loose the race to David by a mere 0.013sec. Adam Bath was third and also secured the fastest lap, most definitely a driver to look out for in the future
Daz Nightingale won the first race of his Mighty Minis career after many years of trying, with new driver Mark ‘Pinky’ Price in a well-deserved second and Ogborn third. Matt baker won the second Mighty Minis race and posted the fastest lap, Daz Nightingale was second with Championship leader Ogborn in third. However as history dictates we were again left with cars loaded up for the final event at Brands Hatch but nowhere to go, as the government lock down put paid to that. However on the plus side we have attracted quite a few new drivers with the world in crisis and most of the grid are now running the carburettor which has been a very good idea. It makes the cars even easier to maintain and certainly easier to source all of the parts needed to build a car from a simple post 1976 shell. Next year we will see a clubman being entered and there is talk of a clubman traveller likely to compete as well. So everything to look forward to as we strive to continue to offer the most affordable and competitive Mini racing championship here in Britain. Maybe you will be on the grid as well in 2021. We can certainly help you achieve that, just get in touch as we have many opportunities including rental cars for races and track days.
Castle Combe: Well that was a great weekend at Castle Combe, even if a bit strange without the enthusiastic spectators. we had four new drivers on the grid for this event. Its not often history is made in motorsport but at Castle Combe we had Paul, Lisette and Josh Ogborn, father son and mother all compete in the Mighty Minis class.
Paul won both races whilst Lisette and Josh shared the front row for the second race. Paul went on to win the race whilst Lisette did herself proud in outperforming son Josh. In the Super Mighty Minis, Neven was pipped to the flag by a resurgent Ian Slark who finished further down the grid after tangling with another car over Avon rise. We now head on Thruxton where again we will see another four new drivers make their debut. Easy and affordable cars to build and the cheapest running costs in Circuit Mini racing makes this championship a must do. Simple 1275 engines, six point safety devices roll cages a post 1976 shell, including clubman saloons and estates and you could be on the grid. Why wait? life is too short. Here are the points so far.
Croft: Well after a strange start to our season we are finally able to go racing and our season began three months later than expected with a new calendar reduced to four rounds due to the Covid -19 restrictions. Our first outing to Croft race circuit for some years was well received by the drivers that traveled up to Darlington. Neven Kirkpatrick won both of the Super races albeit by the slenderest of margins in the second race, as Ian Slark was a mere 0.094 sec behind. Ian however got the fastest lap in both races. Paul Ogborn won both of the Mighty Minis races in convincing fashion and posted the fastest laps in both races. Daz Nightingale was on for a podium in both races but an oil leak was to scupper his chances. Lisette Ogborn stepped up onto the podium for the first time in her racing career and was thrilled to bits.
Here is the press release from the Motorsport governing body. 17.3.2020
Silverstone cancelled as the Corona Virus has impacted the UK below is the BARC statement
BRITISH AUTOMOBILE RACING CLUB STATEMENT: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 17.03.20
In line with the government’s public health advice and the direction of Motorsport UK, the British Automobile Racing Club is suspending all motor sport activity with immediate effect until the end of April 2020.
We understand that this will be a great disappointment to many people, including competitors, teams, officials, marshals, fans and our members. However, in the current climate, it is clear that this is the correct course of action.
We will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks and we look forward to a resumption of activities as soon as possible, at which time we will look to reschedule the events that have been postponed. All entries and payments received to date will be automatically carried over into future events.
In the meantime, we urge everyone across the wider motor sport community to follow all official guidance and do what they can to keep themselves and others safe and well.
BARC Group Chief Executive
Here is the statement from BARC our organising club made today 12.3.20
Statement from BARC
Following the government’s announcements yesterday, we can confirm that the BARC is continuing, in so far as is possible, with business as usual.The situation is evolving rapidly and may of course change in the course of the next few days and weeks, depending on the advice of the experts, but for now we are preparing for our events to go ahead as planned.In order to reassure our customers, we would like to stress that, regardless of what may be written in our Terms and Conditions, if we are forced by the authorities to cancel any race meetings or events, we guarantee to refund the entry fees of all competitors, just as we have committed to refund ticket buyers at any of our venues.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will be in touch immediately should the situation change. In the meantime, please stay safe and continue to plan for the coming season.
British Automobile Racing Club Ltd
Intense preparations are being undertaken as we near our first event in the 2020 season to be held on the Silverstone National circuit on the weekend of March 21st 22nd it is really in just a few weeks time.We will be keeping you updated on developments as the grid numbers begin to rise. We have quite a few new drivers already registered along with some very welcome other drivers returning to the fun. Beth any Hughes will try to follow in her sisters footsteps transitioning her skills from grass track champion to circuit racer.
Here’s how the Mighty Minis racing 2019 championship awards were presented
2019 Mighty Minis racing championship awards Presentation
Mighty Minis racing OULTON PARK (1st race)
1st DAN HEYWOOD
2ND DAVE BURNS
3rd BRAYDEN FLETCHER
Mighty Minis racing OULTON PARK (2nd race)
3rd PAUL OGBORN
2ND DAN HEYWOOD
1st DAVE BURNS
Super Mighty MinisOULTON PARK (1st race)
3rd STEVE RIDEOUT
2nd DAVID KIRKPATRICK
1st NEVEN KIRKPATRICK
Super Mighty Minis OULTON PARK (2nd race)
3rd MARK DITCHBURN
2nd DAVID KIRKPATRICK
1st NEVEN KIRKPATRICK
Most spectacular accident 2019
Neil Fearnley Commitment award 2019
Flying fifties award 2019
Chris Inch Trophy 2019
Gaz Shock absorbers Most entertaining driver 2019
Best presented car 2019
Novice champion 2019
Ladies Champion 2019
Mighty Minis racing championship awards 2019
3rd DAVE BURNS
2nd PAUL OGBORN
Champion GREG DAW
Super Mighty Minis Championship Awards 2019
3rd DAVID KIRKPATRICK
2nd STEVE RIDEOUT
Champion NEVEN KIRKPATRICK
The Leukaemia Trophy
Spirit of event award 2019
So the 2019 season is almost at its end, but it is certainly not over. With another two races to be completed at Oulton Park this Saturday there is still all to be played for in both of the Mighty Minis categories. After another great seasons racing where the points lead changed at almost every race we are still not sure of who might be crowned the champion. This situation has been in line with most years with the championship battle going down to the last race.
So how does it stack up. In the Super Mighty Minis Neven Kirkpatrick is in a very good position as he has a 34 point lead with 70 points on the table. He is being chased down by Steve Rideout who has had a resurgent year after converting to the Carburettor specification. David Kirkpatrick, brother of Neven is still in with a
mathematical chance or usurping both Rideout and his brother Nev to take the title, although this would be a tall ask, we wait to see.
In the Standard Mighty Minis Greg Daw seems to almost have title in the bag or so it might seem, but nothing is ever as it seems, Greg had a good chance of sealing the championship up at the last round but found himself being pushed off of the start grid when his engine stalled. Octane racing team mates Paul Ogborn and Dave Burns find themselves on the next two steps, however the season long battle between two great friends is likely to resume after Burns had to miss the last round due to a date clash. Paul Ogborn could take advantage of any failings which could just do the trick and take the top step.
We will keep you posted Qualifying is at 10.25, race 1 14.45, race two 16.30
Another incredibly enjoyable day at Castle Combe race circuit, taking part in the Mini action day raising much needed funds for the Cancer research charity. We have been doing this for the past twenty years and have supported many many charities with the support of the extremely generous show visitors who donate with such enthusiasm. Needless to say the Mighty Minis drivers had great pleasure in showing how it’s done in a race car. A great bunch of people to spend a day with. A massive thanks to all of you who came over to enjoy the fun. 100% of the money raised will be donated to the Cancer research charity. We will be announcing the final amount raised at our Awards evening and will keep you all informed. We will have some merchandise that will be available and again all of the funds raised will be donated to the charity as well.
Absolutely brilliantly close racing at Thruxton this weekend. Unfortunately the first race ended with a bit of unnecessary damage as Alex Comis on his way to a podium finish and an opportunity to further boost his championship lead, collected a spinning back marker which ended both of their weekends racing. The fist Super Mighty Minis race was won by Stuart Combes whilst the Mighty Minis race as won by Dave Burns. The second race saw Greg Jenkins win the Supers and Dan Heywood winning the Mighty Minis.
If you want to see some great racing this weekend come down to Thruxton. Here is the timetable, as you can see we are supporting the very entertaining Truck racing, apart from other championships that serve up great racing. On the Sunday there will be a flypast by the Red Arrows. Make sure you bring your suntan lotion and an ample supply of water as its going to be a hot one. See you there.
The changes made to the Mighty Minis technical regulations make it extremely easy to build a race Mini. Get a post 1976 shell, round front or Clubman fit a six point Safety Devices roll cage. Fit a 1275 A series engine adhering to the limited modifications, fit an inch and 3/4 SU carburetor, 12 inch wheels with Yokohama tyres a fire extinguisher and race seat and come racing. no need for expensive welded in cages or costly body modifications to be part if this great championship. It could not be any easier or less expensive, the time is now. Get on board with a highly respected, well established and fun championship. Race what you can afford and be competitive. Dream big but keep it real.
Its here the 2019 regulations represent the biggest change in the history of the Mighty Minis championship. with older cars and carburetor cars now allowed this championship represents the most affordable and simple championship to get started in or maintain during the season. go to the regs page. this is going to be exciting. don’t miss out this might be your only opportunity.
Standard Mighty Minis Class A: We are receiving many inquiries regarding the new option to compete in a carburetor fueled Minis. One of the popular questions is; What is the performance difference between the fuel injection cars and the carburetor fueled cars? We did a direct comparison on the Slark engineering rollers and used the same car on the same day. After doing a few runs with the injection and ECU we then converted the car to a carburetor set up, so ambient temperature and barometric pressure could be as consistent as possible. We were pleased to see the readouts, as it shows that when Rover converted to the SPi set up they managed to do so with no reduction to the power or torque performance between the SPi and Carb. It was always just to meet environmental regulations. Here are our findings. The graph is for the Class A category cars. We would like to also extend or thanks to Octane racing for all of their assistance in lending us the cars. The blue and green curves are the SPI and the red is the carburetor fueled cars.
Its going to be intense from the get go. A full season of affordable racing. From 2019 onward the Mighty Minis championship is opened up to Carburetor fueled cars and will no longer be restricted to the fuel injected cars. This will open up opportunities to many enthusiasts who have expressed a keen interest in joining Mighty Minis racing, and experience difficulty to finding a 1.3 i donor Min Cooper. It might be worth pointing out that this is open to any post 1976 front rubber mounted Mini shell, including clubman shells/cars.All cars will have to be built to the 2019 championship regulations for the carburetor cars. It will be the most affordable Mini racing championship to race in and now offers a much simpler set of regulations. With wiring looms and dash counsels are free and a SU carburetor, and distributor. it is the simplest set of technical regulations available in British Mini racing. Back to the routes!!!! where underfunded enthusiasts can afford to get out on circuit and afford to compete in a classic Mini
Super Mighty Minis with Carb fitted.
We are receiving many enquiries regarding the new option to compete in a carburettor fuelled Minis. One of the popular questions is; What is the performance difference between the fuel injection cars and the carburettor fuelled cars? We did a direct comparison on the Slark engineering rollers and used the same car on the same day. After doing a few runs with the injection and ECU we then converted the car to a carburettor set up, so ambient temperature and barometric pressure could be as consistent as possible. We were pleased to see the readouts, as it shows that when Rover converted to the SPi set up managed to do so with no reduction to the power or torque performance between the SPi and Carb even with the Class B modifications. It was always just to meet environmental regulations. Here are our findings. The graph below is for the Class B category cars. We would like to also extend or thanks to Octane racing for all of their assistance in lending us the cars. The red curves are the SPI and the black is the carburettor fuelled cars. and inlet manifold Part number(C-AHT770) unmodified.
CONNOR O’BRIEN WINS THE 2018 SUPER MIGHTY MINIS CHAMPIONSHIP……
After a great display of driving this year Connor O’brien has fought tooth and nail for every point. His confidence was further bolstered by his win in the Snetterton 24 hour race this summer, sharing the duties in a OCTANE RACING entered Mini. He has since taken the bull by the horns and has driven brilliantly in his BAll TRUCKING entered car. Connor’s car has passed all checks carried out at post race scrutineering. A big well done to everyone.
STUART COMBES WINS THE 2018 MIGHTY MINIS CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP……
Stuart Combes had to fight for every inch out there. Dan Heywood had him by the scruff of the neck for the entire second race, whilst Lee Poolman battled to stay in front, the three of them darting around inches from each other. That’s what I call pressure and Stuart held his nerve and drove brilliantly. Not only in the last race, but all season. Damien must be rueing the day he lent Stuart his spare engine. However, I am sure Damien is equally pleased for him and his positive input that helped. Well done that must be a massive weight off of Stuart’s shoulders after missing out in the past by the narrowest of margins. But true to form he won the 2018 Mighty Minis championship by a mere point from Lee Poolman who was gracious in defeat. A big well done to everyone in particular to Dan Heywood who finished third after a sterling seasons performance.
JO POLLEY WINS THE 2018 LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP…..
We are pleased to announce that Jo Polley has won the Mighty Minis Ladies championship. Jo was one of the drivers who could have clinched the Super Mighty Minis championship at Oulton Park, but brake failure ended her charge. Though she my not have won the championship, her main aim, she has driven with great determination. Lets not forget that Jo has been a race winner and a regular visitor to the podium during the course of the season. Jo has competed in the Mighty Minis Class A in the past, and this has been her first season in the Super Mighty Minis championship. She has shown that hard work and effort can pay off. A very well done.
After what seems like an eternity we are back to racing this weekend, Oulton Park has been host to our season finals in the past and has conjured up some superb racing. I sincerely hope that you all enjoy the last of our 2018 season weekends. It has been a blast and I am truly pleased with the racing spectacle that this season has been. It is very tight at the top and I am sure it’s going to be fun. BRING IT ON!!!!
After a season sitting at the top of the points Jo Polley has been unseated by the impressive Connor O’Brien. However the title is not a foregone conclusion as the points clearly show that the last two races at Oulton Park will be intense. Good luck to everyone. the top four are all in with a chance, so bring it on!!
After our penultimate rounds at Snetterton, it is now Stuart Combes title to loose after a hard fought campaign he is in the best position to snatch the title form his rivals. But it is never over until the fat person sings. Lee Poolman led the championship at the half way point which is made even more special in that this is his second season of car racing. Damien Harrington will at best get to second after another year of ups and downs.
The excitement and anticipation is building for our penultimate race weekend of the 2018 season. Here is the timetable for our visit. You will see that there are no Minis racing on the Saturday so if you are coming to see us we will only be on track on the Sunday. We are sure that you will enjoy, the fantastic racing that the Mighty Minis are well known for and the plethora of other on track entertainment, alongside the many stands and truck displays. This is always a very fun event for the entire family. see you there.
Here are the timetables for the Brands Hatch Mini festival. do come and say hello if you are visiting the event. If you have any questions regarding the new Class C cars we will be happy to help.
STOP PRESS: Mighty Minis to introduce the 1275 Carburetor Mini.
In line with our proven ethos, of providing opportunities in motorsport at a more affordable level we are introducing in 2019, what will be, the most affordable circuit racing Mini category. It has been an astounding twenty three years of the Mighty Minis championship and adding a carburetor class can only assist us to continue providing great racing at an affordable cost. This class will mirror the Class ‘A’ cars but will have a carburetor and distributor, rather than the injection system and ECU. The rest of the technical regulations will remain the same as Class ‘A’. Follow the link for the draft regulations, if you have any questions we are here to answer them. class C
The points tables for both classes are now posted up to and including rounds seven & eight held at Donington Park, also here is the time table for races nine & ten being to be held at Thruxton on the seventh & eighth of July. We hope to see you there. This will be a well supported event with spectator numbers in their thousands.
Follow the link below to view some fun in-car footage from the Castle Combe race circuit some years ago. Enjoy.
Do you want to join in the fun at Castle Combe our next event where you could race in a Mighty Mini? If so then give Steve Rideout a ring as he does arrive and drive deals for races and track days through his business Octane racing. Give him a ring, you will find him very helpful and honest. His mobile number is 07725918069. You might be able to contact him using facebook search Octane racing. Steve also offers a service to other competitors in maintaining and managing their cars.
In the standard Mighty Minis new driver Mark Davies was on pole after the ballot but it was not long before the three emerging championship protagonist Damien Harrington, Lee Poolman and Stuart Combes were swapping places at the sharp end. It was never a dull moment as they were hard at it until the flag. Damien Harrington was the victor by a mere 0.4 second from Stuart Combes and Lee Poolman third. Unfortunately Mark Davies had a DNF as he had electrical failure. Lee Poolman snatched the fastest lap adding a vital two points to his tally.
Here is the timetable for the Rockingham event where we are part of the support races to the Brit car championship. roc timetable
Silverstone race report:
Being present at the two opening races at Silverstone was an experience to behold, there was just too much to take in and for sure it was a thrill to witness. From a spectators view point It was interesting to see what the new season brings us in terms of entertainment. It surely delivered in bucket loads. Before the true fun began we witnessed Steve Rideout of- Octane racing-get his hands dirty fixing fellow competitor and new comer Nick Townend’s clutch amongst other things.
Stuart Combes 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 Steve Rideout, Ian Slark and other drivers including 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. Damien heard of the unbelievable rumour that Stuart had put up the beers so put Stuart’s mind at rest by lending Stuart his spare engine. Now if that is not the most gentlemanly gesture I do not know what is! Great camaraderie. Bear in mind that Stuart beat Damien to second spot in the 2017 Mighty Minis Class A championship. After fitting the engine, Stuart went on to have two podium places; a second and a third and bagged both fastest laps, scoring a total of sixty one points. Damien on the other hand was not rewarded by the racing gods for his very kind gesture and managed to run out of fuel in the first race, a mistake he puts his hands up to as that was his responsibility. Damien however managed to claw his way from the back of the grid finishing a credible fifth. Damien’s point haul was strained to say the least as he only managed a lowly twenty seven points. Will he rue the offer when the final points are calculated. Stuart might owe him a rather large beer.
Well we said he could do it and after his first season last year where Connor O’ Brien met many of the marshals he put on the treat for the Ball Trucking race team, qualifying a brilliant third. This can only be seen as a fantastic step forward, social media had a meltdown. New driver John Cockburn-Evans spent most of his race weekend pumping the clutch pedal as though he was blowing up a truck tyre to no avail and had to settle into driving most of both races in fourth gear, much to his frustration. However he did get to play with his ultra-bling lights whilst battling through the Mighty Minis, so it’s not all bad.
form a tree. Bang!! Welcome back Jo she had them hook, line and sinker. A great weekends racing and paddock fun. There was no Barbecue but the Green man pub was overrun by the Mighty Minis brigade as it was Dave Rees fiftieth birthday gathering, a great evening by all accounts.
It was good to see Neven, his wife Emily and their young family, we were all able to also congratulate Alex Comis on his engagement to long-term partner Kasia.
All in all a great weekend spent with nice and friendly people and it is already hotting up. I am sure it will get spicier as the season unfolds.
We move on to Rockingham a circuit that throws up so odd results, here is looking forward to another weekend of great racing and friendship. Hope you can make it.
Rockingham Race Circuit Address; Mitchell Road, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 5AF
The Silverstone opening races were a fantastic presentation of fine hard nosed racing that the Mighty Minis championship is well known for. Scott Kendall won a scintillating race where the top five crossed the line with a very close margin. Lee Poolman converted his pole position ito a race win after a hectic battle at the front. Jo Polley won the second Super Mighty Minis race after being in the fight for a win all race long. She pounced when Scott Kendall and Greg Jenkins dropped the ball whilst locked in their own fight to the line. A well deserved win and a great return for her to Mighty Mini racing all be it the faster Super Mighty Minis class. Lee Poolman almost made it a full house, however he did not get a fastest lap but did himself proud with two race wins in the Mighty Minis category. All of the results and lap times can be found on www.tsl-timing.com
The picture here means so much to all of us. It is Jolene Polley receiving a congratulatory hug from her very famous racing and oval circuit driver George Polley, celebrating her first win in the Super Mighty Minis championship.
The 2108 season opener will be held at Silverstone circuit this weekend, It will be good to see everyone out again and to meet the many new and returning drivers. Silverstone has always offered up great Mighty Mins racing and we are sure that this will be no exception. here is the timetable: silverstone timetable do make the effort to come along and see the races or visit our Face book page @mighty minis racing for regular updates, and view live streaming, including interviews at the races.
To get to the circuit use this post code in your sat nav: NN12 8TN
Donington Park: After a very wet Donington Park where we supported the British Truck racing, it was great to see the friendly relationships in the paddock blossoming. A massive congratulations to all of you for putting on a superb display in both races. Adrian Tuckley took the honours in the first Super Mighty Minis race after an intense battle between himself and Scott Kendall. Scott explained that his last lap move was thwarted by yellow flags brought out for Connor O Brien who was in the gravel trap. In the second of the Super Mighty Minis races the top two took up where they had left off, even with the reverse grid. Scott won by a very slim margin from Adrian, but the woes were further down the grid where Alex Comis spun in is efforts to avoid contact with Dave Rees, dropping him to fifth handing the third spot to Dave.
Pole sitter Alice Hughes was not able to convert it into a win as Lee Poolman denied her that putting in a sterling effort to take his first ever win, no mean feat as the weather conditions were atrocious and he had only qualified sixth. The second race was a thriller as we witnessed a three way battle emerge at the front between Alice Hughes, Stuart Combes and Mark Burnett, Stuart timed his attack perfectly and stole the win from Mark Burnett in his Agouti Motorsport rental car supplied by Steve Rideout of Octane racing.. All in all some great racing and fantastic people to do it with.
As ever thanks for choosing to be part of Mighty Minis racing and we look forward to some more great racing at Castle Combe where I am sure we will have a BBq.
The points are on the results page.
Here is the timetable for the Brands Hatch Mini festival
If you are planning to come along to Thruxton this weekend to see the Mighty Minis here is the timetable.
I must say that again the Mighty minis racing championship has delivered on every front.
At Thruxton we were surrounded by machinery that cost a small fortune, and again the championship delivered in being the most exciting racing on both of the days. Very interesting conversations with promoters who want Mighty Minis to feature heavily in their plans going forward.
Elliott Stafford won the Super Mighty Minis race today with the Agouti motorsport team driver Sarah Moore making it a double win over the weekend . But Craig Pendlebury did not make it easy for her as they traded places on virtually every corner. Fantastic racing and thanks again everyone for your support and kind words.
BARC have delivered in bucket loads on their promise of assisting the championship to race in front of healthy crowds.
My advice to all race championship owners is think carefully about staying loyal to clubs that don’t really have your interest at heart. Since I have moved Mighty Minis to BARC every driver and myself are pleasantly surprised by the amazing opportunities that have opened up to us. Bring on Brands Hatch.
Anglesey was a blast!!
Another entertaining two races here at Anglesey today. With the first six cars from yesterdays Super Mighty Minis race being reversed Dave Rees and Greg Jenkins started on the front row, Scott Kendall yesterday’s race winner was demoted to sixth for the race start due to the reverse grid. Dave Rees has certainly mastered his starts and was off like a Jack rabbit but not for long as three laps into the race he saw himself dropping back and eventually it was Kendall and Tervett fighting it out for the lead, which they both enjoyed for equal shares until Kendall managed to get to the line just ahead for his second win of the weekend.Second went to Turvett with Champion defender Adrian Tuckley in third.
The standard Mighty Minis Class ‘A’ race had a seven car reverse grid, so the front row saw Stuart Combes sharing the front row with Dan Heyward. Alice Hughes in her Agouti motorsport car and new comer Owen Edgley sharing the second row. It turned out to be anyone’s race for some while until Damien Harrington got to the front and started where he left off revisiting the thrilling battle that he had with Craig Pendlebury, in the race on Saturday. It then turned into a five car fight for the lead with Peter Bonas in the mix yoyoing up and down the train. Damien Harrington took the win by a slim margin from .Craig Pendlebury who had a sideways moment going through the corkscrew for the last time. Peter Bonas did himself proud with a well deserved third. All in all a great weekends racing here at Tracmon race circuit in Anglesey.
We are all set for another great weekends racing at the tricky Anglesey circuit. We look forward to welcoming any local Mini clubs and will be posting pictures of them on our facebook page. here is the timetable: Timetable V2
The full results can be found on www.tsl-timing.co.uk
I had to sit in a darkened room for a day and reflect on the stunning weekend we had at Silverstone where we were blessed with great weather. The second race of the weekend was again another thrill packed piece of entertainment. With some real door to door racing fraught with danger, which resulted in some amazing driving.
The second race saw the first seven cars in each category reversed to make up the front of their respective grids. The winner of the first race chooses a numbered ball from a bag which determines whether 6, 7, or 8 cars are reversed.
The Class A Mighty Mins grid saw new comer Owen Edgley on pole with Peter Vemply Burwood alongside. Lady driver Sarah Moore in her Agouti Motorsport team car started at the back of the grid after an off in the first race. Owen Edgley was understandably nervous about his starting position, but fared well in the early stages of the race with some determined driving.
Earlier race winner Damien Harrington and Alice Hughes picked up where they left off and were soon battling at the front with Morgan Harris and Craig Pendlebury, sadly Craig pulled off with a snapped throttle cable. Highly experienced Sarah Moore starting from the back of the grid also worked her way up through the field and was soon fighting at the front. Laura Harris enjoyed a fantastic mid field battle with her name sake Morgan Harris and others. Not to be outdone two other lady drivers joined the grid and we are truly excited to see how both Susie Inch and Lisette Ogborn progress this season.
Damien managed to do the double narrowly beating the two Agouti Motorsport drivers Sarah Moore and Alice Hughes. Sarah lost out on the win by 0.129 sec with Alice Hughes almost there just and unbelievable 0.030 sec adrift.
Agouti Motorsport’s Josh Young inherited pole after the reveres grid was applied for the Super Mighty Minis with David Kirkpatrick returning from a year’s sabbatical sharing the front row. Earlier race winner Scott Kendall eventually made his way up to the front and there ensued a race long titanic battle between Louise Inch, Adrian Tuckley-2016 Super Mighty Minis champion, and 2016 Class ‘A’ champion Greg Jenkins, enjoying his first outing in a Super Mighty Mini. David Kirkpatrick race ended prematurely when a sensor failed. At least he can be pleased that he was on the pace until his demise. It would simply be too difficult the say how many times the lead changed as it happened so frequently with all of the front four having a turn, but certainly not in any particular order. Peter Tervet was dogged by a gearbox problem in qualifying, and fair play to Chris for changing the engine in the nick of time for him to race, unfortunately a loose wiring connection forced him to retire.
Scott Kendall made it two in a row from Adrian Tuckley who was a mere 0.12 sec behind, third went to Greg Jenkins 0.204 adrift, after a stunning drive in his first Super Mighty Minis race. Pole man Josh Young finished seventh after some great dicing with Steve Rideout, Alex Comis and Dave Reees.
Well what can we say. After a five month winter break we are here at Silverstone for the first race of the season and it seems as though we have never been away. The racing was electric at the front of both categories and the early race leaders certainly did not have it all their own way. In the Super Mighty Minis Adrian Tuckley had an early lead that evaporated as he was chased down by Louise Inch and Scott Kendall. It is a given in Mighty Minis racing that leading does not necessarily mean winning. Louise Inch pounced when they were making their way through the back markers and took the lead. She enjoyed a comfortable lead for a lap which was eroded by Scott Kendall with only a lap to go. They exited the Luffield complex side by side and it became a drag race to the flag. Scott Kendall had the tighter line and won by a slim margin of 0.013 sec. Making it another typical Super Mighty Minis finish.
In the Standard Mighty Minis it was a real fist fight between seven cars that could all be refered to as the race leader, as they all had a stint at the front. The two Agouti Motorsport ladies, Alice Hughes and Sarah Moore were both in the mix each having stints leading. Stuart Combes in his Maniflow sponsored car was in contention and had a thrilling battle with the girls, Damien Harrington and Mick Grover. Unfortunately the fight at the front ended with Mick Grover and Sarah Moore in the gravel trap. Damien Harrington won the race by the slimiest of margins from Alice Hughes who tried to out drag him to the flag the gap was a mere. 0.059 sec. Now that is the type of racing this championship is known for. Great to get back to what we are most recognized for, hard racing with fair driving.
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The first race of our 2017 season will be at Silverstone on the 25th and 26th of March. It’s shaping up to be another exciting season with some very thrilling racing, As you know it was to be televised live on Motors TV, unfortunately due to schedule changes beyond our control this will not happen for the BARC event at Silverstone. We hope that you can make it to see the racing live instead and meet the drivers Here is the program of events for the weekend:
Fantastic news European clubs that are trying to establish local replicas of the Mighty Minis racing concept. We have negotiated a deal with our official championship supplier, Mini Spares center ltd, the largest world wide supplier of all parts Mini. This enables you offer to your existing and potential members to build and maintain their cars at a discounted rate by joining the British 2017 Mighty Minis championship. This has an added benefits for our European counterparts as they will be able to compete in the official British rounds of the Mighty Minis championship, competing in either class.
Please click on the link to download the official 2017 Mighty Minis racing MSA regulations. 2017 Mighty Minis vF 170217
Season Launch @ the international Autosport show 12th/15th January @ the Birmingham NEC.
Our dear friend Neil Fearnley lost his battle with a very rare form of brain cancer this year. Neil raced in the Mighty Minis championship since 2005 and enjoyed two great years in the Class A Mighty Minis championship before moving across to the Super Mighty Minis category in 2007 and had competed in that class ever since, up to the first race of the 2016 season. He raced in almost every race since joining the championship and had been the recipient of the Commitment award on more than one occasion. He will be sorely missed, but his name will live on with in the championship for many years to come as there will now be a Trophy in his name. It will be titled the Neil Fearnley commitment award which will be presented at the annual awards ceremony each year. January 20th 1960-October 7th 2016
Thanks to John Creech for the Castle Combe pictures
After a fantastic season where the racing has been the best for some years it was on to the season finale at Castle Combe race circuit set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside . It was going to be a fight to the wire in both categories with everything up for grabs and the chess board had been set.
Adrian Tuckley took a well-earned pole position in the Super Mighty Minis with Louise Inch a mere 0.21 sec behind sharing the front row, Ian Slark and Steve Dawson were on the second row, also with the first six cars sharing the same second it had guaranteed to be another hell fire first race.
Paul Inch in his first outing in the championship, managed to steal pole in the Class ‘A’ Mighty Minis from Sam Tomlinson, with Mark Burnett and championship leader Greg Jenkins on the second row. Stuart Combes who fared well in the opening races has had a tough season and added to his difficulty with a fifth place in qualifying.
So the stage was a set for another thriller and neither of the Mighty Minis championship were to disappoint the eagerly awaiting crowd. With greasy burgers and cans of pop in hand they settled down to the first race after lunch filling in as a splendid desert.
It did not take long for the fur to fly as Neven Kirkpatrick found himself in the middle of an ever decreasing gap between Rideout and Comis, who essentially were in a battle for second in the championship. Rideout was clipped which in turn fired him into Comis who had already taken to the grass to avoid the shenanigans, but sadly a puncture ruled him-Comis- unable to continue , this all happened within a hundred metres of the start. Nev had a fantastic run up and over Avon rise which saw him break away on the exit of the notorious Quarry corner. However it was not long before Dawson, Inch and Tuckley had reeled him back in. The battle became intense as they jockeyed for position. Unfortunately Inch ran wide exiting Tower and made contact with the tyre wall on lap six ending her time on the roller coaster. Adrian Tuckley pulled off hurriedly on the same lap as his steering column wiring loom started to smoke heavily, he had managed to set the fastest lap as some consolation. Whilst up front it was Dawson leading with Ben Butler fending off Kirkpatrick who had fallen back after a brief excursion. Dawson won with Neven Kirkpatrick second from an overjoyed Butler, Ben remarked that it was bitter sweet as he had hoped to hang on to second. Ian Slark ended his race on lap nine in the tyre barrier at Quarry.
In Class ‘A’ Mighty Minis, A battle royal erupted from the very outset with the front four, Jenkins needed to win to fortify his points lead over Sam Tomlinson whilst Mark Burnett was a fly in the ointment with another stunning drive at the front. Jenkins won after a race long battle with Sam Tomlinson and Mark Burnett. Pole sitter Paul Inch retired on the third lap with a snapped crankshaft. Whilst Stuart Combes had a miserable race not completing a lap with after his ignition coil packed up. Sam Tomlinson clinched the fastest lap.
The second of the Super Mighty Minis saw the grid reversed by the first sixcars, this put new driver Guy Parr on pole with Dave Rees sharing the front row. Alex Comis started on the back of the grid.
Guy Parr new to the championship acquitted himself well putting up a good fight at the front for a few laps as he got acclimatised with the new challenge of racing in the Super Mighty Minis. It was not long before Comis, Tuckley, Kirkpatrick, Inch and Dawson were at the sharp end pushing each other hard, unfortunately Comis got clipped going into the high speed Camp corner whilst passing a slower car setting him into a near spin which was so well held as he entered Camp at the same speed but entirely sideways, a brilliant catch. This resulted in the following pack scattering in all directions to avoid contact, they all did remarkably well considering the high speed nature of Camp corner. If you could imagine stamping your feet in a pigeon swamped Trafalgar Square and the pigeons scatter for self-preservation, then you get the picture. Sadly the race was red flagged due to two cars making contact with the barrier on the exit of the fast camp corner. Neven Kirkpatrick was having his first outing since Donington park earlier in the year sadly was one of the cars in the barrier. Comis won the race on count back with Dawson in close pursuit just 0.216 behind, Tuckley came third, got the fastest lap and clinched the 2016 Super Mighty Minis Championship title. Louise Inch won the ladies championship in her return year, where she won the first race she entered. The girds will be much larger next year and the racing is going to be even more intense.In the Standard Mighty Minis the grid was reversed by the first eight cars putting Rob Threlfall on pole with Dan Bury sharing the front row. A determined effort by Sam Tomlinson saw him win with Mark Burnett second and Morgan Harris having another podium finish in a year of ups and downs for him. Greg Jenkins wrapped up the 2016 Class ‘A’ Mighty Minis championship after a hard fought season long effort.
This year the racing has been ever so close and with a splendid friendly paddock atmosphere, it has been a very positive step in the right direction since joining BARC as the race organising body. We can confidently say that the 2017 season will be as hard fought if not more intense as many new, returning and existing drivers return to enjoy this fantastic championship which has weathered the storm and come out the other side much improved.
Our eligibility scrutineer Derek Smith again worked tirelessly to ensure fair play and we are pleased to say every check carried out was met by clean sheets. It is no surprise the racing has been this competitive with some absolutely brilliant racing. A massive thanks to him for his efforts to ensure parity.
The last two rounds of our 2016 championship season are fast approaching and the top three drivers in both classes are in with a chance of clinching the title, at Castle Combe on Saturday. The tension is beginning to rise and the fun is almost about to start. We are pleased to be having another new driver coming out for the first time in the Super Mighty Minis which has been the case with new drivers getting started at every race so far this year. We have been working hard behind the scenes preparing for the 2017 season and are really pleased with the progress so far. BARC have been absolutely amazing in welcoming us to their portfolio of championships and have offered positive support and guidance throughout the season. We have signed a five year deal with the BARC securing the championship for all of the drivers going forward. We will stick to the proven format regarding race scheduling and frequency and look forward to the promoted events that we will be part of next year. If you wish to compete in Mini racing at a very affordable level then the two categories that Mighty Minis racing offers are a must, you are guaranteed good racing with healthy grids and lots of fun both on and off the circuit. Most importantly is the cost, which has not spiraled out of control as with other formulas. We are also actively working to secure brand partners for 2017 and beyond as we are able to offer great media platforms for Brand exposure and product association. We wish all drivers the very best for the last two races and look forward to crowning a 2017 champion in each category. We have delivered in every aspect this year in again providing great racing and the promise of being able to offer our drivers a chance to compete to be champions. Long may it continue.
It’s all to play for by the top three in each category of the 2016 drivers championship. In the Class ‘A’ category Greg Jenkins, Sam Tomlinson, and Stuart Combes who has at least secured third, are locked in battle. At the front of the Class’B” Super Mighty Minis championship Adrian Tuckley can only loose the title after a sterling year, after taking over from Alex Comis at the front. Steve Rideout has fared well having won the Class “A” last year, he is in thrid after an up and down season. We will be closing this exciting season with the two final races this Saturday at Castle Combe circuit, the fur is going to fly. Hope you are able to come along and witness the fun.
After a great weekend at Thruxton we are pleased to have raced there. Here are the drivers that finished on the podium for race 2. From left to right we have the drivers form the second race. Mark Burnett-3rd class A, Stuart Combes-2nd class A, Greg Jenkins -winner class A, Scott Kendall -winner class B,, Ade Tuckley -2nd class B, and Alex Comis -3rd class B.
The Mighty Minis championship drivers did us proud at the Castle Combe Mini Action day. We are fortunate enough to be invited by Castle Combe circuit to offer passenger rides to the show visitors, with a view of raising money for charity. This year the chosen charity was the Children’s air ambulance. We would like to thank the drivers who gave their time freely and covered any associated costs themselves. This allows us to donate every penny raised directly to the chosen char…ity. We would like to thank all of those brave people who took the opportunity to have a blast around the circuit in one of our cars. In addition many of the show visitors also emptied their pockets into the charity buckets. The count of the money raised so far is an amazing £2575.84. Well done to the drivers for their tireless efforts. Many thanks to those of you that gave so generously, hopefully see you all again next year .website:https://www.childrensairambulance.org.uk/
We are pleased to announce that the funds raised at the Mini action day at Castle Combe race circuit on the 17th September will be donated to the Children’s air ambulance charity. You can visit their .website:https://www.childrensairambulance.org.uk/
The second days racing at the Silverstone truck festival was another stunner for drivers in both classes. It’s been a crazy year so far and regardless, the racing has remained true to its origins. Affordable racing available to everyone. To have participated in the Silverstone event was a real joy and an eye opener. Steve Horne put on an event to be proud of with 15000+ spectators and a superb display of trucks in the paddock and of course the family entertainment including a… live band and fun fair.
The Super and Mighty Minis drivers acquitted themselves well and put on a fantastic display of racing on both days that they should be immensely proud of. Different winners in each class in both of their races. Louise Inch took a fine win in the first of the Super Mighty Minis championship races with Adrian Tuckley second and Ian Slark third.
The second race started with a reverse position for the top seven finishers. This put Dave Rees and Steve Rideout on the front row. It was 20 minutes of sheer joy to witness the contest unfold, where there was a new leader after every corner. Steve Dawson won it by the slimiest of margins from Louise Inch with Ian Slark enjoying his second podium of the weekend.
The first of the two Mighty Minis championship races was nothing short of brilliant entertainment for all who witnessed it and the drivers who took part. After what seemed like everyone was at the front the race settled down as the clear leaders opend up a small comfort zone to those battling for fifth. A fine display of drafting and using the expanse of the circuit to under cut on the switch back was thrilling to watch. Sam Tomlinson in his Skip UK sponsored car won a a solid battle at the line from championship leader Greg Jenkins whilst Josh Young enjoyed his first podium of the season in third.
The second race started with a reverse position for the top seven finishers. This put Dan Bury and Jim Carolan on the front row. A fine start put josh Young in the lead going into cops as he squeezed along the pit wall past Jim Carolan. However the lead soon changed hands as Greg Jenkins, Sam Tomlinson, and Stuart Combes joined in for a for a four way scrap the saw each and every one of them lead again and again. It was Stuart Combes who recieved the laurels for a well deserved win. Sam Tomlinson was second with championship leader Greg Jenkins third.
Apart from the great racing what also stood out was the family atmosphere in the Mighty Minis paddock, friends joining in the fun with Barbeques the young children darting around on their little bicycles with laughter in the air. A great weekend thanks to everyone. Much love.
Five year deal signed: We are extremely pleased to confirm that we have signed a five year deal with BARC to act as our race organising club. This has been carefully negotiated between the two motorsport entities-BARC & MIghty Minis racing- to ensure the continued success and growth of the Mighty Minis championship. This deal offers the drivers a very secure furture and more importantly secures the value of their cars for the long term. We would like to thank BARC and the drivers of Mighty Minis racing for their continued support. Everything we do is in the interest of Mighty Minis racing and the present and future drivers. Furthermore we would like to thank BARC and all within their organisation for the way in which they have welcomed Mighty Minis racing into their organisation.
Race reports from the fifth and sixth races held at Brands Hatch.
Race one Class A Mighty Minis Class ‘A’
The first of the Mighty Minis championship races at Brands Hatch was all set to be a thriller. And it started with a bang, quite literally. Paul Ogborn lost control when his car snapped away from him under braking for druids and he spun as a consequence. His high qualifying position, second meant that he found himself facing the entire pack of fully committed drivers. Remarkably everyone missed him but Jim Carolan was low on luck as he tried to avoid a car in front which put… him on a path of destiny and the inevitable happened. Both drivers were fine but were unable to continue, due to the steering on both cars being damaged in the coming together. So here the race starts to change Sam Tomlinson found himself in the unenviable position of the lead car to restart the race after a safety car had been deployed and then stood down after a few laps, whilst the cars were recovered. Sam was off like a spanked cat and left his rivals scrambling to react to his crafty move. Greg Jenkins finished a very well deserved second after a race long battle with Stuart Combes and Craig Pendlebury. Morgan Harris finished fifth but also got the fastest lap.
Race one Super Mighty Minis class ‘B’
Thankfully the start of the Super Mighty Minis championship races was less dramatic than the standard Mighty Minis championship race but no less entertaining. Scott Kendall won by the slimiest of margins after being harried and at times lead by Adrian Tuckley who was enjoying his first outing in his Newly acquired car as hard as Tuckley tried he just could not make up that vital fraction on a second. Still second was a very good result. Bob Bennetts took a credible third after a race long battle with Alex Comis, himself a triple races winner so far this season.
Mighty Minis Class ‘A’ race two.
The top seven cars were reversed for the second race which put Simon Carter and Josh Young on the front row for what turned out to be a race to be remembered. The raced was truncated with a couple of cars stuck in the gravel traps at either end of the circuit. The drivers reacted well to the double waved yellows and the cars were recovered without further drama. Mick Grover parked his in the paddock hill gravel after leaving his braking too late, whilst brakes were what Stuar…t Combes needed as he had brake failure and thankfully the gravel stopped him making heavy contact with the tyre wall. A six car battle for the lead was relentless, Greg Jenkins reigned supreme under the pressure and won by a mere 0.18sec from Craig Pendlebury whilst hard charger Morgan Harris finished third. Greg Jenkins left the festival as the championship leader with a fifteen point lead over Sam Tomlinson. Sam made up for a missed gear that saw him go backwards, by getting the fastest lap, which is worth two points. The officials of the meeting voted the race the best race of the weekend not just due to the excitement and unpredictability but for the equally important clean racing. Well done to all who took part.
Super Mighty Minis Class ‘B’ race two.
The regulations were changed a couple of years ago allowing the first six, seven or eight cars to be reversed. The winner of the first race has to choose a numbered ball from a closed bag which determines what the start order for the next race will be. The second of the Super Mighty Minis races was to start with the first eight cars in reverse order, this put Damien Harrington and Steve Rideout on the front row. The stage was set for an exciting encounter and they certainly …entertained. Unfortunately on lap nine a tangle between Bob Bennetts and Steve Maxted on the exit of clearways resulted in both cars in the gravel trap. Bob Bennetts came off worse as his out of control car pitched into a multiple roll. Both drivers emerged unscathed and the race was red flagged to recover the cars. At the time of the incident Adrian Tuckley was leading with Steve Rideout on target for a podium finish. However at the restart Rideout did not get off the line cleanly and he was swamped by many of the cars behind. The five lap sprint resulted in a superb battle for the lead between Adrian Tuckley and Scott Kendal. Adrian took the win with Scott in second 0.163sec behind closely followed by Steve ‘awesome’ Dawson. Steve Rideout rued the day as he finished in sixth. Adrian Tuckley, who used his new car for the first time left the festival with a twenty point lead over second placed Alex Comis
The 2016 Championship season so far: The Mighty Minis championship season is certainly living up to its reputation of fantastically close racing in both categories. We have enjoyed four races so far with two at Cadwell Park and two at Donington Park. Mini Spares centre limited backed driver Alex Comis won both of the Super Mighty Minis races at Cadwell Park with Adrian Tuckley and Steve Maxted in hot pursuit. Adrian Tuckley managed to post the fastest lap in both races, so gained an extra four points which made them joint championship leaders.
The Standard Mighty Minis class ‘A’ enjoyed a healthy grid as it has always been our less attended circuit and taking into account the issuing of the championship permit. However the racing was again second to none with constant changes throughout the grid. Father and son Warren and Dean Fletcher had their first outing as well. Dean fared better than dad Warren, who thoroughly enjoyed the journey from pre-race fear to post the post-race ecstatic high of achievement. An experience to behold, and one that Mighty Minis racing has facilitated for many over the years. Stuart Combes won the first race from Sam Tomlinson who threw down the gauntlet by getting the fastest lap. Hereford driver, Greg Jenkins took the next step on the podium with a commendable. With the reverse grid the thrill for the spectators was splendid and blessed by the fine spring weather, and the perfect green setting of Cadwell Park. Stuart Combes showed his will by winning the second race with Greg Jenkins in second and Sam Tomlinson being demoted to third. All in all, a great way to start the 2016 championship season. It was so nice to spend the weekend which such a nice crowd, with a fun atmosphere and lots of smiles.
Donington Park hosted the third and fourth race of the 2016 championship season with changing weather conditions and the circuit still sodden from the week prior. In the Super Mighty Minis qualifying session, Neven Kirkpatrick having his first 2016 championship outing unfortunately barrel rolled his car when a gear linkage broke, offering him no chance to downshift when he needed it most. Alex Comis won the first race after being harried by Adrian Tuckley for the entire race. Adrian got the fastest lap to stay parallel with Comis on points, Steve Maxted finished a credible third. The second race shown live on Motors TV was just as thrilling with Comis snatching the lead from Tuckley in the final stages, however his efforts were in vain as a car stuck in the gravel trap brought out the red flags and handed the victory to Tuckley on the count back. However I do believe we were robbed of a duel to the line between the two drivers as it certainly was not over. Steve Dawson returning to the fold showed promise with an ever improving drive taking third place. But not to be left behind Maxted took the fastest lap gaining an extra two points.
Adrian Tuckley left the meeting on top of the points table with 128 points with Alex Comis second with 126 and Steve Maxted in third with 109 points. There is still a long way to go and we hope that we end the season with a thriller.
Paul Inch drove like a man possessed winning the first of the two races, with Stuart Combes hot on his heels in second, taking the fastest lap in his efforts. Greg Jenkins took the final step on the podium, determined that a race win was possible. He did just that in the second race, winning his first ever Mighty Minis race since he started campaigning six years ago, proving with focus, hard work and grim determination you can achieve your goals. Stuart Combes left Donington Park the championship leader with 120 points, Greg Jenkins in second with 118 points and Sam Tomlinson in third with 111 Points.
The second race which was televised live on Motors TV was a fine display of car control and great racing as the circuit began to get wet. Josh Young was able to show what it was like from a drivers view point as he had agreed to have the on-board camera as a passenger, sneakily promoting one of his sponsors ASPENS in the mix.
We now look forward to the Mini Festival at Brands Hatch on the 16th/17th July. Come and say hello or have a chat with the drivers. Why not get some pictures of the cars, as this is our history and you are all part of. Get pictures of the kids sitting in the cars, they deserve the memories.
It has been a couple of weeks since the Autosport show, so thought is best to let you know the developments so far. I think it necessary to give you some background on the Mighty Minis championship as many of you have not been on board from its inception. I walked into the BRSCC offices at Brands Hatch in 1995 with an idea to introduce cost effective racing and to be specific Mini racing, into the fold. The first race was held at Cadwell Park with just three cars in 1996, they were put onto the back of the BRSCC road saloon championship grid, something which happened a few times since. The numbers grew progressively prompting me in 1997, to request that the BRSCC apply for championship status for 1998 and beyond. Nobody can deny the existence of Mighty Minis the garage that built the rally cars that dominated the Historic rally scene both here in England and Europe, hence the name Mighty Minis racing. As a commercial body you have to enlist a racing organisation such as BRSCC, BARC, 750 MC, MSVR, CCRC etc, to arrange a set of dates for the races, in my case I enlisted the BRSCC to do so. The BRSCC applied for a championship permit for the 1998 season, as requested by myself, as this is the only route available for any commercial body to obtain championship status. I engaged the BRSCC as a motorsport organising agent for twenty years, bringing them a secure income, showing great loyalty, and being a proactive director on the executive committee for eight years.
Moving to the BARC has been the best thing that I have done for the championship in many years. I would say it is equivalent to my first steps in getting Mighty Minis started all those years ago. If things work out as planned Mighty Minis racing will not only be secured in the long term along with intrinsic value of your cars, but also the growth potential for both categories will be enhanced no end. The option of parking cars in garages is not the best route, as low grid numbers will only serve to slow down the process of development. But knowing my resolve this will be overcome with time, providing the BARC are supportive of my efforts. So my advice to all who may be considering that as an option, is that Mighty Minis races are assured this year and beyond with BARC, they are 100% happening and the dates are confirmed. There also will definitely be separate grids, and TV as in the past.
My extreme thanks to Ryan Cowley, who true to his word delivered the car to the Autosport show, and then stayed on stand for the entire show chatting to interested individuals. He must have the gift of the gab as I have had a steady stream of potential drivers requesting more info, some buying cars and some building, brilliant. In addition they all mentioned how helpful and approachable Ryan was.
We had a driver’s meeting at the BARC stand during the Autosport show, so that myself and Drew Furlong –BARC Chief Operations Officer-could explain to all present the peculiar situation and what we have in store for the Mighty Minis racing, for this year and beyond. It was a great opportunity for the drivers to ask questions of their own
With the change to BARC cars will have the BARC sticker on the side of the car and will be racing in front of considerably larger audiences, long overdue!! It might be worth noting the BARC membership is only £90.
I must say that I am truly humbled by all of your texts, emails and chats offering encouragement, particularly at this time when I have to navigate through such treacherous waters. I know deep down that my reasons for creating and nurturing Mighty Minis racing over the last twenty years were with generous and morally sound intent, and thankfully it has been a great help to many.
The upside, are a few changes that we are going to introduce this year and beyond. We will be having drivers meetings twice a year. Drivers will all be asked to submit their points a week in advance of the meeting so that we could discuss these points (around June). There will be another drivers meeting later in the year, so that we can propose the changes that could be made to address the points brought up at the previous meeting(around September) This will help no end to ensure that the championship is controlled by a bigger voice, rather than mine alone. We will be having a race centre at all meetings, a great addition for many reasons. We intend to focus the TV on more background interviews. Derek will seek to ensure that Parc Ferme regulations are better adhered to, not practical or easy at some meetings. Careful scheduling of the race timing, a click and collect parts delivery service for parts ordered before the Wednesday of a meeting. Where possible we will carry out a trophy presentation gathering, always a great way to enjoy the camaraderie.
There will be a rolling road present at some of our events, ensuring that cars do not have a performance advantage. This machinery will be able to read; power, torque, fuelling, etc but also calibrate gearing and differential behaviour. The maximum power output will be listed in the regulations.
There are some changes to the Mighty Minis racing 2016 regulations this year for both classes.
The water pump in both classes can be replaced with part no: GWP187EVO (optional)
The camshaft for both classes can be changed for the camshaft part no: MM-160860S (optional)
The shock absorbers for class B must be the GAZ adjustable bump and rebound units Front Part No:C-STN238 rear Part No:STN-239
The primary gear for class B must be: Part No: C-STR123
For Class B: A maximum of ten tyres are allowed per season, all tyres will be uniquely identified with a sticker. These must be in place prior to the tyres being used for any official qualifying session or race.
So nothing too hard to do. I am in the process of negotiating the best possible introduction price to all drivers, as I have done with any other costly upgrades.
My reasoning behind the changes are primarily to benefit the drivers of the cars to enjoy them more, and to ensure the reliability of the cars and the associated parts.
Again many thanks for your loyalty over the years and I am sure we will get through this, I will remain steadfast for the quest. I would like to thank Lyn Rideout for agreeing to help me along the way. I will be sending you all the BARC and GAZ stickers so if you need any other please let me know so that I can send them to you. If you need any help as always I am here to answer your questions.
We will be displaying a Standard Mighty Mini race car on the BARC stand (7017) at the 2016 Autosport international show. We look forward to meeting you should you be visiting the show and use the opportunity to find out more about the championship. The show is at the NEC in Birmingham and is from the 14th-17th January.
The rebirth of the Mighty Minis racing has begun. We will be racing with the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC ), taking part primarily in promoted events. This will allow us to present Mighty Minis racing to a much larger ‘at circuit” audience.
We will keep you updated. Keep smiling….we do
Mighty Minis Racing Championship joins BARC
The British Automobile Racing Club Limited are pleased to announce the news that they will be organising and administering the extremely exciting and competitive Mighty Minis Racing Championship for 2016.
The ever-popular Mighty Minis will be visiting new and exciting venues for the first time as the BARC takes them through 2016 and beyond. The well-supported championship remains open to anybody looking to start circuit racing at an affordable level, with the tight regulations meaning all entrants must compete in identical vehicles.
Championship Co-ordinator, Rodger Tello said of the move: “I am certainly looking forward to working with the BARC as it will pose new challenges for me and I do feel that they are in a position to offer the best package for all of the Mighty Minis drivers for 2016 and beyond.” “We are extremely pleased to have the Mighty Minis on-board”, echoed BARC Chief Operating Officer, Drew Furlong. “They are a great bunch of people, and although there is a friendly atmosphere in the paddock, they take their racing very seriously and once on-track there is some of the closest action I’ve ever seen. We’re really looking forward to working with Rodger and his team too.”
Competitor Ryan Cowley’s car will be on the BARC stand at the Autosport Show in January.
For further information please contact:
Rodger Tello on 07850 883303 or email email@example.com