Mini Miglia Rockingham – Round 1
The Mini Sport sponsored Miglia, driven by Dave Drew came in with a great finish of 5th overall.
A few words from Dave from the weekend:
The Mini Sport livered Miglia went down extremely well amongst the Club and Paddock, and attracted the most attention all weekend, so well done on the configuration.
I tested on the Friday so I could get the car set up for the qualifying session, and the only issue we had was a gear selection gremlin where it was hitting the reverse gate when going from 2nd to 3rd gear, causing it to bulk, but sadly this only raised attention in the last 4 laps of the final test session, so optimistically we had to make fine adjustments with selector shaft in the paddock, and hope that it was resolved for qualifying.
I ran all day with the Mini Sport alloy 4 pot calipers and found them to be very responsive, even and durable under extreme braking.
I put new tyres on all round for qualifying and it appeared that the gear selection gremlin was cured as we managed to qualify 4th on row 2 outside. The only disadvantage through qualifying was not being able to get a tow effect from another front runner, which will usually gain vital tenths of a second that can propel you up a row, but overall I was happy with our start position. Come the race I made the best start of all and was along side Kane Astin going into turn 1, which was neck and neck for the lead, but our gear selector gremlin was back again and missed 3rd gear which nearly buzzed the engine, but thankfully it appears ok. Unfortunately this dropped me down to eleventh, and the safety car was deployed as another Miglia hit the wall at full speed and destroyed itself. The safety car went in after 4-5 laps and I then managed to fight my way through from 11th to end up finishing 5th overall, which in fairness was a good result considering 3rd gear couldn’t be selected.
The engine is now going back to Swiftune to check out the box and to make sure the engine didn’t sustain any damage with the over rev. We didn’t sustain any body damage so will rectify the selector issue and try to improve at Snetterton next meeting.
Thank you for the support
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