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Issue 2: May 2014
Official Mini Se7en Racing Club Newsletter
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preview: rounds 3&4
Brands hatch MAY 10-11
opening Challenge double-header
at Castle Combe on April Bank
WORDS: Richard Williamson
Holiday Monday.
MINI SE7EN
Gloucestershire’s Darren Thomas
t is almost 50 years since Brands
drove two blinders as well, taking a
Hatch hosted the first ever Mini
well-earned victory in the second,
7 race in April of 1966 and now,
despite being tapped sideways
in 2014, the Mini Seven Racing Club
at the final corner, but in the first
returns once more to its spiritual home- race was unlucky to drop out of
from-home in Kent for the first of two
the lead battle with just a lap to
MSV-promoted Mini Racing Festivals.
go. Expect the green Roonspeed
car to be there or thereabouts.
Carrying on from where he left
Second on points is Graeme
off in 2013, reigning Champion
Davis, the North Londoner who
Andrew Deviny, from Newport
has been racing Mini Se7ens for
Pagnell, heads to Brands Hatch at nigh on three decades (with a
the top of the points table, thanks brief sojourn in Miglias), will be
to first and second places in the
trying as hard as ever to take
I
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that elusive first Challenge
victory, while the quartet of
relative newcomers Ashley
Davies, Kieren McDonald,
Leon Wightman and Spencer
Wanstall all picked up good
scores at Combe to figure well
up in the standings, the latter
in contention for Novice of the
Year.
Hopefully, Max Hunter will
be able to join the grid at
Brands after sitting out Combe,
and will be a firm favourite if
he does appear, while Gareth
Hunt is a good bet for a win
too, but is well down the
charts after suffering a major
engine failure in the opening
round.
Expect packed grids on
both days, so try to take in a
really appreciate the closeness
vantage point at Paddock Hill
of these 1000cc pocketbend or up at Druids hairpin to rockets and marvel at some
of the cornering angles the
drivers can attain! Should be a
cracking weekend.
Mini se7en Records & Regulations
Lap record: Darren Thomas
Time. 0:59.292
Ave. 73.34 mph on 21 September 2013
Engines: 998cc modified A-Series
(S-Class: Std 1275cc limited mods)
0-60mph:
6.6 seconds(S-Class:7.5 seconds)
Top speed: 110 mph (S-Class:
105 mph)
Note:
Trophies to top three finishers
(trophy to S-Class winner)
Note:(S-Class numbered from #90 - #99)
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MINI MIGLIA
hough the first Mini Miglia
championship was held in 1970,
a few non-championship try-outs
were held the year before, with a debut
visit to Brands Hatch in December
1969 for the then 1.0-litre cars. For
the 2014 visit of the now 1.3-litre Mini
Miglia Challenge the entry is one of the
most competitive ever seen at the Kent
venue.
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Andrew Deviny top
of Se7ens after a 1st
and 2nd finishes in
opening rounds
Four in the hunt to
top the Miglias with
Dan Wheeler ahead of
Kane Astin, Tony Le
May and Dave Drew
by a point
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Top of the points table after
Castle Combe is Dan Wheeler
from Buckinghamshire, returning
to race with the Mini Seven
Racing Club after several seasons
in saloons and historics. Dan
took the Peter Baldwin-run, Pro
Job-backed Mini to an opening
race victory plus a well recovered
fourth place in the second, to tally
37 points. Just a point behind is
one of the title favourites, Kane
Astin from Cambridge, who
added to a fifth in the opener
with a well judged win in the
second race. Joining Kane on
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the same total but with lower
finishing positions are Tony Le
May, the veteran Mini campaigner
from Norwich picking up a best
of second in his bright orange
Delmonte Garage machine,
and Dave Drew, who bagged
a brace of third places in his
Mini Sport-backed car. Such was
the relentless pace among the
frontrunners at Combe – up to
11 cars were in the lead hunt –
that it would be foolish to rule
out the likes of Richard Casey,
Colin Peacock, James Coulson
and Rupert Deeth from a possible
win, although local Maidstone
lad Aaron Smith has got to be an
evens bet, despite coming away
with only a point after Combe. In
2013, Aaron’s four Brands races
netted four wins, so he knows his
way round!
Rather like the Mini Se7ens, a
gridful of Mini Miglias swarming
into Paddock Bend is a sight
to behold, and you will be
guaranteed to have the hairs
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MINI MIGLIA
Records & Regulations
Lap record: Peter Baldwin
Time. 0:54.605
Ave. 79.63 mph on 23 June 2013
Engines: 1293cc modified A-Series
0-60mph: 4.5 seconds
Top speed: 125 mph
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INVITATION CLASS
The Invitation Class on the Miglia
grid brings together an intriguing
selection of A-Series engined Mini
contenders from other motorsport
disciplines, and at Castle Combe
Gary Warburton drew much
attention with a beautifully turned
out 1380cc Miglia-lookalike,
coming away with two solid race
finishes on his circuit racing debut.
Expect to see several more #100
and above cars out at Brands
to keep Gary company in the
category, Chris Watkinson being a
regular, and quick, visitor over the
past couple of seasons. A couple
of entries from overseas will also
spice up the race for the Invitation
trophy.
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Invitation class
Records & Regulations
Note:Invitation class numbered from #100 - #149, non-points scoring but trophy to class winner (if three
starters or more).
Note:The M7RC holds its own award ceremony in the paddock after the races – this is in addition to any
post-race podium presentation by the circuit/meeting organisers.
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2014 Issue
Issue21
discounted tickets
for brands mini fest
T
he Mini is 55 this year and
track owners MSV have
organised two spectacular
Mini Festivals to celebrate. The first is at Brands Hatch on
May 10-11 and club members and competitors are being
offered a substantial discount on tickets.
There’s not long to go, so if you have any friends or
family who want to come and enjoy the show, you’ll need
to order them soon.
The Weekend ticket is discounted by £6 to £12; and
there’s also £6 off the Sunday day ticket to just £8.
You can order your tickets online at the website
www.mini-festival.co.uk or by phoning the call centre on
0843 453 9000.
Quote the Promo code MINISUPPORT, or enter it into
the Promo Code box when booking online.
WHAT’S happening?
Well for starters there’s going to be a shed-load of racing
with the Mini Se7ens, Mini Miglias, Mighty & Super Mighty
Minis and the MINI Challenge just to name a few. Phew!
You’ll also be able to enjoy some stunning club displays
of classic and new Minis in all shapes and sizes from
enthusiasts from across the country, and some even from
across the Channel too!
Numerous traders will be on hand offering their latest
hot products and some excellent longstanding classic
designs too. And never underestimate the social side of
these events, where you can forever meet new friends
and even bump into ones you’ve not seen for a while and
have a good old chinwag about your latest projects.
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Suite deal for brands fest
B
arry Osborn, of BEJAY
Motorsport, is offering his
Brands Hatch Hospitality Suite
for hire during the Mini Festival
including 25 Weekend entry tickets
for £550; or Sunday only for £450.
Ticket face value alone is £450 so a
great saving. 07958 331441
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lub members and racing
enthusiasts alike will be
pleased to know that the
Dunlop team will be out in force
at the Brands Hatch meeting,
so everyone can pick up their
bright yellow cap and look like
champions!
As well as iconic merchandise,
there’s also going to be a whole
load of rubber on show with a lot
of quality engineering going into
each tyre. Now is the time to have
a chat to the lads and see what
they can do for you and your cars.
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that will forever be etched
into your brain? We’re looking for
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to contribute to the Mini Se7en
Racing Club Newsletter and share
those fascinating memories.
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reigning champ
deviny still top
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inroads on Deviny who puts
himself on the grass at Camp
allowing Thomas to take the
lead and pull away at Bobbies.
Deviny then finds himself
under pressure from Ashley
Davies and Graeme Davis
but a lap later Deviny catches
up and retakes the lead from
Thomas into Camp. Thomas
Andrew Deviny took the
remains determined and stays
first win in a 17-car grid,
right with Deviny. Elsewhere,
with Spencer Wanstall and
Jabez Dyer, Shaun Tarlton and
Matthew Gleave joining the
grid for the first time and Jabez Malcolm Keat all pull off, while
Ian Deviny and Ross Billison
Dyer returning to the Se7ens
battle over fifth with Kieren
after a two year break.
McDonald getting involved too.
Gareth Hunt took pole with
Lap seven sees Darren
a 0.172 second lead from
Thomas take the lead out of
Andrew Deviny and Ashley
Quarry, Deviny looks for a way
Davies 0.634 seconds behind
back through but out brakes
that.
himself at Tower allowing
A speedy start from Hunt
Thomas to increase his lead.
saw Deviny brake late into
Deviny hammers the Mini and
Quarry in hot pursuit. Darren
is quicker up Avon Rise and
Thomas makes an impressive
five place jump to take second, slips up to, and past, Darren to
retake the lead.
with Hunt pulling off after
Outbraking himself at
his engine ‘grenades itself’
Bobbies on lap eight Darren
allowing Deviny to take the
lead at the end of lap one. The Thomas loses two places
shuffling the pack to allow
race is an impressive four car
Andrew Deviny to lead, with
train with lots of swapping of
Davis and Davies following.
places.
Thomas sounds like he might
Darren Thomas makes
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have done some damage
falling right back before
eventually pulling off.
Thomas’ exit really allowed
Ashley Davies to put the
pressure on leader Deviny
at Tower before going sideby-side at Avon Rise but he
couldn’t quite make it stick
dropping into second and
finishing 0.119-seconds behind
Andrew Deviny with Graeme
Davis 2.134-seconds behind
for third.
Ross Billison was winning the
battle for fourth ahead of Ian
Deviny and Kieren McDonald.
Ian Deviny had a great race
coming first in the S class race
also getting fastest lap with a
1.28.242, with Kevin O’Shea
coming second.
Darren Thomas can take
some comfort in taking the
fastest lap on lap two with a
1.26.226.
RACE 1 RESULT – 10 LAPS
11Andrew Deviny
25Ashley Davies
3
22 Graeme Davis
4
49 Ross Billison
5
90 Ian Deviny
6
88 Kieren McDonald
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whEELER OF
FORTUNE AS
SMITH BREAKS
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Dan
MINI MIGLIAS: ROUND 1
Wheeler
marked his
Miglia return
with a hard earned victory as he
fended off the racelong pressure
being applied by his pursuers.
A healthy twenty two
car entry assembled for
the opening round, which
included six entries in the Mini7 Classic class, most notable of
which were past champions
Ian Curley and Bill Sollis. Aaron
Smith captured pole with a
1.18.858 lap, despite only
managing to complete four
laps, before a gearbox failure
prompted him to pull off and
become a notable non-starter,
leaving Dan Wheeler as the
sole occupant of the front row
in Peter Baldwin’s title-winning
car.
Wheeler was quickest off the
line to lead Kane Astin and
Richard Casey into Folly, Niven
Burge briefly held third before
Casey regained the place, as
Tony Le May and Dave Drew
tagged themselves on to the
six-car train disputing the lead.
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Astin went ahead of Wheeler
along Farm Straight on the
third lap, only for Wheeler to
regain the lead yards later at
Old Paddock Bend. Ian Curley
was heading the Classic class
from Steve Jones, with the
lone Invitation class entry
Gary Warburton close behind.
Burge dropped back into the
grasp of Colin Peacock and
Rupert Deeth prior to retiring
at the end of lap three. Astin
once again snatched the
lead with his inside line into
Tower Corner on the fifth lap,
which was quickly reversed
as Wheeler fought back to
hold on to his advantage.
Further back, Paul Simmonds
had his hands full defending
ninth from the pursing trio of
James Coulson, Rob Howard
and Phil Harvey. Drew found
a way past Astin into second
a lap later as the lead scrap
reverted to being a sextet with
the arrival of Deeth, who after
only qualifying fifteenth, was
charging up to a more normal
race position. Le May and
Casey were both demoted as
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Deeth rose to fourth on the
seventh lap. The lead of the
Classic class was still in the
capable hands of Curley, who
now had Tim Stanbridge as
his nearest challenger. Sam
Summerhayes’ race came to an
end at The Esses, prompting
the use of the yellow flag to
enable his car to be moved to
safety. The closely bunched
quartet disputing third saw
their order rejigged following
the passing of this section
on the penultimate lap, as
Deeth now held third from Le
May, Astin and Casey. Deeth
climbed to second on the final
lap, with Wheeler’s winning
margin being a slender 0.287
of a second at the chequered
flag, as Deeth also claimed the
fastest lap as he rose up the
order.
RACE 1 RESULT – 10 LAPS
1
88 Dan Wheeler
2
23 Rupert Deeth
3
29 Dave Drew
4
69 Tony Le May
5
11 Kane Astin
6
37 Richard Casey
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FINAL CORNER,
FINAL TUSSLE
WORDS: Roy Sisley
Ano
MINI SE7ENS: ROUND 2
ther racelong
dice was finally
resolved at the
final corner, as Darren Thomas
overcame his race long pursuers
Andrew Deviny and Ashley Davies.
intervention.
Andrew Deviny appeared
to have made a break as the
race resumed, but his pursuers
were quickly on his tail again.
Thomas produced an outside
swoop at Bobbies to grab the
lead, with Davies also slipping
past Deviny, relegating him
Three drivers were unable
down to third on the eighth
to take up their places on
lap. Davies then used the
the grid, Gareth Hunt was
absent from his front row slot, outside line through Camp
Corner a lap later to propel
along with Malcolm Keat and
himself past Thomas into the
Matthew Gleave.
lead. Deviny had his mirrors
Andrew Deviny led off the
full of an advancing Davis,
line with Darren Thomas
and Billison held a narrow
closely tracking him as they
advantage over the dicing duo
ascended Avon Rise, before
racing side by side into Quarry, of Spencer Wanstall and Kieren
McDonald.
where Deviny’s inside line
Following Ian Deviny’s
ensured that he remained in
the lead. Ross Billison, Graeme demise, Shaun Tarlton headed
the S-Class ahead of Kevin
Davis, Ian Deviny and Ashley
O'Shea, who was recovering
Davies were right on the tail
from a grassy moment at
of the lead duo. Davis rose to
Quarry on his seventh lap.
third, as Davies and Billison
Thomas and Davies were
went side by side into Quarry
on the second lap. Ian Deviny’s virtually side by side as they
raced down Westway towards
attempts to remain in touch
Camp Corner on the final lap,
with the leading group led
where slight contact sent both
to him running wide exiting
cars sideways; Thomas kept
Tower Corner and hitting
his momentum and continued
the barriers, which left his
to take the chequered flag
car in an exposed position,
still sideways, Davies’ car had
and requiring a safety car
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stalled in the middle of the
corner, enabling Deviny to sail
past and claim second.
Davis opted for the outside
line around Davies, which
gave the quickly closing
Wanstall the opportunity to
take the clear inside line to
pip him to the chequered flag
and secure the final podium
position. Billison’s premature
retirement on the penultimate
lap allowed McDonald and
Leon Wightman to claim the
remaining top six positions.
Davies got his car fired up
to cross the line in tenth, just
behind S-Class winner Tarlton.
Thomas recounted those
dramatic final laps on the
mic, together with Andrew
Deviny, whilst Wanstall was
delighted to have secured his
first podium finish in only his
fourth race. A cracking start to
what already has the makings
of another thrilling season.
RACE 2 RESULT – 10 LAPS
14Darren Thomas
21Andrew Deviny
3
73 Spencer Wanstall
4
22 Graeme Davis
5
88 Kieren McDonald
6
10 Leon Wightman
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Kan
MINI MIGLIAS: ROUND 2
e Astin led from
the front to
secure victory
in a restarted second round of the
challenge.
Simmonds both non-started
the restarted race which
would be over the full ten laps.
The additional time allowed
both Howard and Jones to
repair their cars and take their
place on the grid. Wheeler was
quickest off the line from Kane
Aaron Smith had resolved
Astin, with Aaron Smith pulling
his gearbox problems to take
off immediately after the start
his place on the front row of
into retirement. Astin went
the grid. Bill Sollis took over
from Nick Paddy in their classic ahead at Quarry on lap two
before Wheeler regained the
Cooper S, which they were
advantage at Folly a lap later,
sharing. Rob Howard and
Steve Jones were initially non- which he only managed to
keep for a few hundred yards
starters after experiencing
before Richard Casey slipped
problems in the opening
past at Quarry.
round.
On the same lap Bill Sollis
Aaron Smith led off the line
overtook Ian Curley to lead the
ahead of Dan Wheeler, as
Mini-7 Classic class, although
the field surged into Quarry,
he was unable to draw away,
where a coming together
as Curley kept in close contact
between Wheeler and Niven
Burge on the exit of the corner for the remainder of the race.
Astin returned to the head
led to Burge’s car spearing off
of the field at Quarry on the
into the barriers, bringing out
a safety car intervention, which fourth lap, with the lead
dice now consisting of seven
lasted for one lap, before the
cars involving Astin, Casey,
race was red flagged at the
Wheeler, Dave Drew, Tony Le
conclusion of the second lap
May, James Coulson and Colin
to enable Burge’s car to be
Peacock. Drew and Le May
moved to safety.
both made upward progress,
Rupert Deeth and Paul
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passing Wheeler and putting
pressure on Casey’s hold on
second. Astin had opened
up a slim lead which he was
able to maintain. Sollis was still
heading the Classic class, with
Gary Warburton (Invitation
class) now ahead of Curley, as
the three of them continued to
circulate in close company.
The second place scrap
became even more fraught
after Wheeler and Casey
touched at The Esses on the
penultimate lap, enabling Le
May and Drew to establish
themselves to the remaining
podium positions.
Astin took the chequered
flag by a 1.7 second margin
from Le May and Drew,
with Wheeler, Coulson and
Casey completing the top six
finishers.
RACE 2 RESULT – 10 LAPS
1
11 Kane Astin
2
69 Tony Le May
3
29 Dave Drew
4
88 Dan Wheeler
5
47 James Coulson
6
37 Richard Casey
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PROVISIONAL POINTS after Rounds 1+2
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Pos
No
Driver
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Pts
Total
best 11
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
1
2
1
22
73
88
5
10
59
69
4
92
49
90
91
23
60
96
37
Andrew DEVINY
Graeme DAVIS
Spencer WANSTALL
Kieren MCDONALD
Ashley DAVIES
Leon WIGHTMAN
Julian PROCTOR
Steve TRENCH
Darren THOMAS
Kevin O’SHEA
Ross BILLISON
Ian DEVINY
Shaun TARLTON
Jabez DYER
Malcolm KEAT
Matthew GLEAVE
Gareth HUNT
20
18
14
15
19
13
12
11
1
10
17
16
1
1
1
1
1
19
17
18
16
11
15
14
13
20
10
1
1
12
1
0
0
0
Entered
Practiced
Started
Finished
17
17
17
11
17
17
14
11
Castle Combe
Castle Combe
39
35
32
31
30
28
26
24
21
20
18
17
13
2
1
1
1
21 April
21 April
FL: D Thomas
FL: G Davis
Pole: G Hunt
Pole: A Deviny
Spax Improver: S Trench (+6)
Spax Improver: S Wanstall (+9)
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Pos
No
Driver
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Pts
Total
best 11
1
2
3
4
1
2
92
91
90
96
Kevin O’SHEA
Shaun TARLTON
Ian DEVINY
Matthew GLEAVE
Castle Combe
Castle Combe
8
1
10
1
8
10
1
0
16
11
11
1
21 April
21 April
S-Class FL: I Deviny
S-Class FL: K O’Shea
S-Class Pole: I Deviny
S-Class Pole: I Deviny
2014 MINI SE7EN NOVICE
Pos
No
Driver
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Pts
Total
PROVISIONAL POINTS after Rounds 1+2
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Pos
No
Driver
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Pts
Total
Best 11
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
88
11
69
29
37
47
8
72
23
42
85
13
55
53
21
Dan WHEELER
Kane ASTIN
Tony LE MAY
Dave DREW
Richard CASEY
James B COULSON
Colin PEACOCK
Rob HOWARD
Rupert DEETH
Paul SIMMONDS
Sam SUMMERHAYES
Phil HARVEY
Michael GREEN
Niven BURGE
Aaron SMITH
20
16
17
18
15
12
14
10
19
13
1
11
1
1
0
17
20
19
18
15
16
14
13
1
1
12
1
11
1
1
37
36
36
36
30
28
28
23
20
14
13
12
12
2
1
nc
102
Invitation
Gary WARBURTON
(7)
(9)
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188
200
192
177
157
771
Mini-7 Classic
Ian CURLEY
Tim STANBRIDGE
Steve JONES
Bill SOLLIS
William WARD
Nick PADDY
(9)
(8)
(6)
(0)
(5)
(4)
(8)
(7)
(6)
(10)
(5)
(0)
-
Entered
Practiced
Started
Finished
22
22
20
17
22
22
21
16
nc
nc
nc
nc
nc
nc
1
2
Castle Combe
Castle Combe
21 April
21 April
FL: R Deeth
FL: R Howard
Pole: A Smith
Pole: D Wheeler
Spax Improver: R Deeth (+13)
Spax Improver: D Drew (+6)
* Invitation + Mini-7 Classic not eligible for Challenge points
2014 MINI MIGLIA NOVICE
Pos
No
Driver
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
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14
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From the Archives:
Brands Hatch Mini Festival
Formula Mini-7 grid heads into Paddock Bend, Grand
Mini Festival at Brands on 2 June 1968
(Photo: V Church Collection/Speedworld International)
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WORDS: Richard Williamson
Wit
h the first of this year’s
Mini Festivals almost
upon us, we thought it
would be a timely opportunity to look
back and see how the Club was first
involved in events of this type at the
Kent venue .
Most of us will know by now
that Brands Hatch is where it all
began, back in April 1966, for
the very first Formula Mini-7 race.
However, did many of you know
that the inaugural Grand Mini
Festival was held at the same
venue, on 28 May 1967? Back
then, the Mini parent company,
BMC wanted to put on a show to
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THE SWINGING SIXT
IES: 1966-1969
The
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Archive
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Carlo Rally,
and at the
same time
promote
Second time around
Where to guv?
other
aspects
of its
motoring marvel,
codenamed ADO 15. In
conjunction with race organiser
BRSCC, the then named Mini
Seven Club co-promoted the Mini
Festival with BMC, and the event
attracted over 20,000 spectators,
no doubt boosted by free
A history of the UK’s
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From the Archives:
Brands Hatch Mini Festival
contd…
admission to anyone driving
a Mini! Adding to the fun
were Mini fashion shows, Mini
variants and a Mini ‘pop art’
competition where students
got to decorate Minis in
mostly psychedelic paintjobs.
Also a ‘Most-in-a-Mini’ record
attempt resulted in 27 people
from the Royal College of
Science Motor Club cramming
themselves into a drivable
Mini! On the racing front, a
non-championship event for
Roger Colson leads Arthur Johnson,
Grand Mini Festival at Brands,
2 June 1968 (Photo: P Cobbing
Collection/Maureen Magee)
Formula Mini-7
saw reigning
Champion
Bob Fox take
another victory
in his second
title-winning
season, several
lengths clear of
the battling duo
of Mick Walker
and Richard
Bromley,
with Clive
Trickey of CCC
Magazine fame
finishing fourth, just ahead
of Viv Church and Gordon
Line. Fox was presented with
the Issigonis Trophy by the
designer of the Mini himself, Sir
Alec Issigonis.
The Grand Mini Festival was
repeated again on 2 June
1968, this time Viv Church
winning the Issigonis Trophy
race, this time a championship
round, by a comfortable
margin of over 10 seconds
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Grand Mini Festival
photospread in
Mini-Mag, the M7C
magazine (Credit:
M7RC Archive)
from Bob Jones and Richard
Jockel, with Gordon Line,
Geoff Gilkes and Arthur
Johnson rounding out the top
six. Among the other runners
were Gerard D’Amato and
Nick Cole who would later
race Mini Miglias a quarter of a
century later, while that year’s
champion Mick Osborne was
an early retirement.
“There was a 3rd Mini
Festival held at Brands Hatch
on 25 May 1968, again copromoted by
the Mini 7 Club.
For the second
year running,
Viv Church
took home
the Issigonis
Trophy, round
four of the
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From the Archives:
Brands Hatch Mini Festival
contd…
1969 Formula Mini-7 Championship.
Church’s Trident Racing Mini
narrowly held off the Champion elect,
Paul Gaymer, with future Champion
Graham Wenham third ahead of
Michael Rope, Willie Dick (no, really)
and, according to the championship
tables, Roger Layzell, although the
available photos seem to suggest
Dennis Fernie was driving the sixthplaced car… maybe someone out
there knows the full result?”
So, there you have it, the Mini
Racing Festival has a lot more history
to it than just the past couple of
seasons, and the Mini Seven (Racing)
Club has been there throughout!
Bob Fox receives the Issigonis Trophy from
and Sir Alec Issigonis, Grand Mini Festival at
Brands, 28 May 1967 (Photo: B Fox Collection)
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From the Archives:
Brands Hatch:
10, 20, 30, 40 years ago
WORDS: Richard Williamson
PHOTOS: M7RC Archive
A delve into the M7RC Archive helps us to recap what happened over
the decades at Brands Hatch around this time of year.
Eric Groves
1974 Brands 12 May, the Miglias of
Collection)
and Philip Johnstone (Photo: E Groves
40 Years
Ago
B
ack in glam-tastic 1974, when the likes of The
Sweet and Slade ruled the pop charts, Brands
Hatch was hosting five meetings for the equally
race-tastic Mini 7 fraternity, although the classes didn’t
always run together on the same dates.
Round 2 of the 998cc Special Tuning National Mini
Miglia Challenge took place on 12 May, and over 10
laps of the 1.24-mile circuit, from 20 starters Dudley
Fisher ran out a comfortable winner in his Charon-run,
Status Quo-backed car! Some distance behind him
came 1974 Champion elect Russell Dell in his Ripspeed
machine, followed by Alex Boyle, pole-sitter Bill Derry,
Peter Major and Terry Hird. Fastest lap of 0:59.2 was
set by John Hazell before he retired a lap from home.
The following month on the 30 June, a 19-car 850cc
Mini Se7en grid gathered for the fifth round of the
Bob Fox National Challenge over 10 laps. Scoring
one of six wins in a title-winning campaign was the
late Chris Tyrrell, leading from pole to beat Graham
‘Gramps’ Woskett’ (Swiftune powered), Hugo Hoyle,
Graham Wenham, Jim Mancey and Andrew Higton.
Though Tyrrell was ultimately out of range, in their
chase Woskett and Hoyle shared fastest lap of 1:02.2.
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A
total of seven Brands meets
made up a busy 1984
30 Years
schedule, the grandest of
Ago
which was arguably the 31 April-1
May event titled the Giant 500 Car
GP Circuit Meeting held, as the title suggests, on
the full 2.6136-mile layout which was still being
used for F1 Grand Prix.
Counting towards both the National Challenge
and Southern Championship, in the 25-car 998cc
Miglia race, Jim McDougall ran out winner and
set the fastest race lap (1:58.3) over seven laps
from Bev Comber, 1984 double series Champion
Mike Fry, Colin Beckwith, Gerald Dale and Ian
Gunn, while 1983 Champ and pole position
man, Chris Lewis dropped out before halfway.
A familiar name on the result sheet too, one
Gordon Pocock!
1984 Brands 31 Apr-1 May, Mini Se7ens in the woods
out on the GP circuit (Photo: M+A Jackson Collection)
The 850cc Mini Se7en race saw an
oversubscribed 34-car grid, won by several
lengths by Gary Hall (uncle of 2004 race winner
James Hall) from Gordon Miles, Jim Burrows, fast
lady Barbara Cowell, Mike Jackson and reigning
Champ Chris Gould, although Burrows was later
disqualified and Steve Mole moved up into the
top six. Hall set fastest lap at 2:00.2, adding to his
pole position start. Other names that still appear
on the results today included Graeme Davis and
Ralph Budd, who currently races in Mighty Minis.
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From the Archives:
Brands Hatch:
10, 20, 30, 40 years ago
T
here were four
meetings at
Brands in 1994,
with the closest to May
being the second round of the
Unipart Winter series held on
27 March in bright conditions,
and with both classes running
10-laps apiece on the 1.2036mile track.
The Mini Se7ens went first,
and from a field of 16 starters,
Kelly Rogers added to his titlewinning tally with victory over
Matt Hayman (fastest lap of
20 Years
Ago
1994 Dave Banwell’s Mini Se7en,
with Garfield (Photo: M7RC Archive)
A
2004 Brands 22-23 May, Mini Se7en leaders, Max
Hunter, Joe Tandy, James hall, into Paddock Bend
(Photo: M7RC Archive-Pitlane Magazine/Steve King)
sunny and dry Brands
Hatch over the 22-23
May weekend saw
the opening round of the
2004 Dunlop National Mini
Challenges, with a pair of 14lap races for each class on the
1.2262-mile Indy circuit.
In Mini Miglia, reigning
Champion Peter Baldwin
opened his campaign with
10 Years
Le May, Mark Chandler,
pole position and the win
Ago
Mike Jackson and Ralph
which would help see him
Saunders.
to another title by season
In the Mini Se7en race,
end, finishing ahead of
the late Joe Tandy edged out
Bill Sollis and Kelly Rogers, with
Champion elect James Hall,
Tim Sims, Colin Peacock and
with Dave Banwell in third from
Mark Sims rounding out the top
pole-sitter Max Hunter, Andrew
six. Andy Hack set fastest lap at
0:55.350. Among the 20-car field Deviny and the late Graham
Edwards, while the packed 30still around the paddock today
car grid also included current
included Paul Simmonds, Tony
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0:57.51) and poleman Dave
Banwell, with Neil Johnson,
Andy Burge and Alan Waite
completing the leaders. Current
Mini stalwarts Ian Curley and
Jim Burrows also finished in the
points.
In the Miglia event, of the
11 starters, Jeremy Wheatley
came through to win in a Daleprepared car from Mike Jordan,
David Grocott, Tony Hobbs,
pole-sitter Ian Scott and Andy
Twyman, with Scott also setting
a new fastest lap at 0:54.02.
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works Porsche driver Nick Tandy,
Kane Astin, Paul Thompson,
Lewis Selby, Damon Astin, Ian
Deviny, Gareth Hunt, Steve
Whiteley, Graeme Davis and
Paul Spark. Hall set fastest lap at
1:00.038.
Brands Hatch also closed out
the National season with a
double-header meeting on
15-16 October…
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Know your rival
Mini 7 Racing Club drivers
Mini Se7en
1
4
5
16
22
23
35
37
38
45
46
47
49
59
60
63
69
73
88
89
Andrew Deviny
Darren Thomas
Ashley Davies
Julian Affleck
Graeme Davis
Jabez Dyer
Paul Spark
Gareth Hunt
Steve Hopper
Leon Wightman
Max Hunter
Kelvin Edgar
Ross Billison
Julian Proctor
Malcolm Keat
Dave Robinson
Steve Trench
Spencer Wanstall
Kieren McDonald
Tom Hartwell
Newport Pagnell
Gloucester
Abergavenny
High Wycombe
London
Leominster
Cannock
Coventry
Maidenhead
Dunstable
Leighton Buzzard
Hollywell
Epsom Downs
Coleford
Bolton
Darlington
Camberley
Newington
Aylesbury
Evesham
Mini Se7en s class
90
91
92
93
96
97
Ian Deviny
Lincoln
Shaun Tarlton
Northampton
Kevin O’Shea
Frome
Roland Parsloe
Matthew GleaveWaltham St
Lawrence
James Burrows
Romford
Mini 7 Classic
157 William Ward
177 Bill Sollis
188 Ian curley
Battle
Hildenborough
Maidstone
192 Steve Jones
200 Tim Stanbridge
771 Nick Paddy
Wells
Stevington
Mini Miglia
8
11
13
16
20
21
23
29
37
42
43
44
47
53
55
69
72
79
85
88
99
Colin Peacock
London
Kane AstinSwaffham
Bulbeck
Phil Harvey
Birmingham
Lee Jones
Northolt
Mark Sims
Headley
Aaron Smith
Maidstone
Rupert Deeth
Cambridge
Dave Drew
Alton
Richard Casey
Burnley
Paul Simmonds
Collier Street
Dave Edgecombe
Ledbury
Paul Clark
Denbigh
James Coulson
London
Niven Burge
Nr Royston
Michael Green
Haverfordwest
Tony Le May
Norwich
Rob Howard
Chipperfield
Jon Lee
Wellingborough
Sam Summerhayes
Bristol
Daniel Wheeler
Olney
Mark Cowan
Benfleet
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102
141
118
113
114
123
Gary Warburton
Damon Astin
Jason Burgess
Rob Perkins Paul De Jong
Gordon Pocock
Frodsham
Ely
Peterborough
Peterborough
Asperen, NL
Church Westcote
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MINI 7 RACING CLUB
DRIVER PROFILE
NAME:
Kane Astin
AGE: 39
CLASS: Miglia
CAR NUMBER: 11
Kane Astin
FULL SEASON: Yes
LOCATION: Cambridge
EMPLOYMENT: Property Director
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RACING HISTORY: Mini Se7en Champion 2009; Third-placed in Mini Miglias 2012
OTHER HOBBIES: Biking, rugby, running, triathalons
BEST ACHIEVEMENT: Being a parent, Mini Se7en Champion 2009
WORST MOMENT: Losing exhaust pipes on Miglia in 2010 and 2011
CAR HISTORY: Ralph Saunders’ old Miglia until 2010, and since owned by me
WINTER REBUILD/CHANGES: A few new stickers and a turbo!
ENGINE BUILDER: Peter Vickers, TMW, Tomo
FAVOURITE CIRCUIT: Spa Francorchamps, Castle Combe, Brands Hatch
TEAM INFO: Paul Thompson, Peter Vickers, Big Steve, Carl Start
FAMILY INFO: Married to Lindsey with a son Isaac (7) and one due in June 2014!
AIMS FOR 2014: Win the 2014 Championship!
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The entry form for the
Motors TV event at
Castle Combe on
Monday 7 May
is
now available and
it
is requested that all
racing members intending to participate get their entries
in as soon as possible.
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F LY ING S T AR T T
Mini
s as usual for the
It’s been busines
as this year’s
Se7en Racing Club
got off to a roaring
championships
and
1 at Donington
start. With Round
under
at Rockingham
Round 2 & 3
has well and truly
season
the
belts
our
t with it all the
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hard fought sidewa
to selong way to go
that he’s got a
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ionship, and
cure the champ
the
never discount
course you can
Peter
6-time winner
experience of
The Mini 7 Racing
Club has bought the
grid and we need
to
know the numbers as
Baldwin.
a few
brought with it
2013 has also
way that
changes in the
Chairman’s Chat
As of Round 3 it’s
,
lead of the Se7ens
Paul Spark in the
Donny and placed
having won at
Rockingham races.
strongly in both
ent from the threestatem
It’s a strong
who will be looking
time champion,
in
on the board
to put early points
consecutive title.
pursuit of his fourth
been an all Kane
In the Miglias it’s
from
three victories
Astin affair so far;
in
him very much
three outings leave
from
performances
control. But good
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INSIDE THIS ISSU
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The 2012 season got
off to a great start
with
two
action
packed races in the
spring sunshine at
Oulton Park in Cheshire. A large crowd
was treated to two
typically Mini 10 lap
encounters with ac-
7
C OM B E
FOR
soon as possible.
We also need to
make sure the TV
commentators have
an accurate entry
list ahead of the
event so driver profiles can be prepared. Remember
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on the 7 May but we
request that you
don’t leave it to the
last minute.
enter
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It is going to be a
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can
TO
tion all the way from
start to finish.
In the Mini Se7ens,
reigning champion
Paul Spark crossed
the line to take the
first chequered flag
of the year.
In the Miglia en-
201 2
counter 2010 Champion Paul Thompson
took pole position
and then led from
start to finish to
claim his first victory
since Spa last year.
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Roll of Honour
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YEAR Mini Se7en Mini Miglia
YEAR Mini Se7en Mini Miglia
2013Andrew Deviny Peter Baldwin
2012 Paul Spark
Peter Baldwin
2011 Paul SparkEndaf Owens
2010 Paul Spark Paul Thompson
2009 Kane AstinAndy Hack
2008 Paul ThompsonAndy Hack
2007 Max HunterAndy Hack
2006Andrew Deviny
Bill Sollis
2005 Paul Thompson Peter Baldwin
2004 James Hall Peter Baldwin
2003 Tim Sims Peter Baldwin
2002 Tim Sims
Chris Lewis
2001 Tim Sims Peter Baldwin
2000Dave Braggins Peter Baldwin
1999Dave Braggins
Ian Curley
1998 Matt Hayman
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1997 Steve Bell
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Pit & Paddock May 2014 Issue 2
Extra Curricular activity
Double circuit action at
brands and oulton minifests
Brands Hatch Sunday May 11, 2014
Oulton Park Saturday July 12, 2014
T
rack fans are being served up a double
treat this year. To mark the Mini’s 55th
anniversary, track owners MSV are
expanding their popular Mini Festival event
to two events at two different tracks.
Brands Hatch in Kent, will play host to the
first Festival on May 11, with Mini drivers
offered free entry if they book through the
website.
The larger event of the two will take place
at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit where there
promises to be lots of entertainment to enjoy
both on and off the track.
www.mini-festival.co.uk
castle combe action day
Saturday September 27, 2014
P
opular Wiltshire circuit, Castle
Combe has announced the
date of its annual Miniworld
sponsored Mini Action Day.
Keep your diaries free for September
27 where for an action-packed day
with charity Mini rides, trade and club
stands and a track parade.
www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk
silverstone classic
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lassic car fans flock to Silverstone
every year for this very special
event. And every year there is a
stunning collection of Minis on display
as well as lots more entertainment on
the circuit and in the paddock
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