The latest installment from our top racing driver Dave Drew from the Mini Miglia Challange at Pembrey;
Pembrey meeting went reasonably well, but lady luck still wasn’t helping Me.! Qualified 8th from 19 starters, and started climbing the order in the race until lap 7 whilst running 5th, got a tap in the rear at the hairpin, that sadly broke the rear exhaust mountings, which allowed the exhaust to drag, with the eventuality of the Black & Orange flag being waved at me by officials to report to pits, as car in dangerous condition. Very annoying as we were in very good position, and would have finished higher than my championship rivals, which would have put me leading the championship..!
The Sunday race was great for the first 6 laps until the tyres went off due to excessive track temperature and couldn’t make any progress so maintained track position and finished 6th from 19 starters.
Currently lying 5th in Championship, but only 9 points off leader, but taking into account the compulsory drop scores tally, we are in 2nd overall at the halfway stage. I’ve just had the car completely refreshed, re-corner weighted and new caster/camber settings applied as we were noticing abnormal tyre wear and heat cycles were all over the place, and I am testing this Thursday at Castle Combe ready for the next round, just to make sure that we are getting the best from the new setting adjustments.
As regards to the shirts, they were all perfect and we wore with pride in the Paddock and Club house. The magazines and stickers were going well and have had a few club members ask if there is any discount for Mini7 club members, of which I couldn’t answer but asked them to give your team a call to discuss etc.
Lots of interest with regards to the Mini Sport Vented Discs and 4 Pot Caliper’s that I am running on my Miglia, and questioned several times on the quality of the steering rack, which I highly rate.
I will be in touch soon, all the best