Recently Mini Sport has begun to back more and more competitive, Mini orientated drivers and most recently we have been helping two young brothers from the Isle of Man, Ross and Luke Tunney who have updated us on their progress.
Ross, the younger brother at just 11, is currently competing in the Manx Autosport Mini Stox Championship. The last meeting of last years championship Ross was involved in an accident of which resulted in him going to hospital and his Mini needing a rebuild. The two brothers and their Dad pulled together over winter to fix the Mini Stox and get it back to race condition. However despite their efforts they only managed the one race at the first meeting due to engine problems.
Ross was surely disappointed but thought back to take an overall win at both the 2nd and 3rd meetings by winning three out of four races. Onto the 4th meeting and looking positive until, unfortunately, the drive shaft broke resulting in zero points but their was always the 5th meeting where roof upgrades were available. Ross claimed his right to move up to a blue roof by winning every race that event! Ross then had to start further back on the grid meaning the next meet involved lots of close racing as he adjusted to moving through the pack. Since then Ross has picked up a 2nd and 4th before the last event where roof upgrades were available again. Ross responded to the challenge by finishing every race in 2nd and earning himself 2nd overall and a red roof! Ross is making good progress and we wish him luck for what is remaining of the season.
Ross’ older brother Luke Tunney, is currently Auto Testing. He started out in a Fiesta bought for £20 at his local scrap yard and instantly became “hooked”! Luke has now got a Mini Sprite though which he is hoping to convert into stage rally car, but not before another season of Auto Testing. You can follow him at manxautosport.org
Last season Luke won the Junior Manx Autosport Autotest Championship and finished 3rd in class 1 (under 1400cc) however 1st and 2nd were both in a Mini weighing less than his and the fact that Lukes is only 15 meant that he had to carry a passenger too! The lucky passenger was Lukes Mum as she weighs less than her other half.
Both the boys are doing exceptionally well in their chosen fields and are well supported with not just their father, but mother and whole family behind them, as are we! We are only too happy to support two Mini enthusiasts that are so young!