Mini Sport Sponsored Dave Drew: 2018 Dunlop Mini Miglia Challenge 7th & 8th Round Report
Mini Miglia Championship Rounds 7 & 8 – Zandvoort Holland
A return to Holland for the Mini 7 Club European Championship rounds at Zandvoort for their annual British Race Festival was greeted by soaring temperatures, so the Miglia would be tested in these extreme temperatures for the engine, tyres and the drivers. 30 minutes of qualifying was a test alone as the Miglia’s shared the sessions with the Mini Sevens as well so finding a decent clean lap was always going to be hard to achieve however we managed to qualify in 6th place which I was happy with.
I made a decent start and instantly was in full battle mode with Smith, Deeth, Astin in which was fast and clean, all 4 of us managed to pull a gap from the pursuing drivers in 5th back by lap 4, so defending 4th place was dealt with and I could concentrate on attacking the podium positions. After 11 laps of close racing there was only 1 second that separated all 4 of us, however we were all starting to struggle with oversteer issues due to tyres that were worn out, but I started to experience in the last 2 laps of the race that the engine had lost some performance and was feeling tight on the exit of the hairpins, however careful monitoring the engine temperatures and oil pressure I did manage to finish the race in P4 still within a second of the race winner Rupert Deeth, so mission accomplished in respect of obtaining high scoring Championship points although Smiths 2nd place had reduced the Championship lead we have to just 10 points.
For the second and final race of the weekend we qualified 3rd fastest which was better for us, however due to the engine difficulties we experienced in the first race, we changed the engine for our spare, which is a brilliant engine but not as good as our number 1 engine, and knew that we would struggle with the long fast straights of Zandvoort circuit.
I didn’t make the best of starts which was unusual for me, but managed to get my head down and battle my way swapping positions from 3rd 4th and occasionally 6th place mainly due to power advantage however a great race with Peacock, Brown, Budd throughout the whole race made a great entertainment for the crowds. Smith and Deeth broke away in 1st and 2nd place and was some 5 seconds ahead of us going into the last lap, so an all-out attempt was made to at least try and pick up the final podium position which I managed to get past Brown and started my attack on Peacock only to find that waved yellow flags on the last sector of the lap meant to stay in race position, which hindered the attack, but the best of all this is that the 2 Miglia’s that were contesting for 1st and 2nd had crashed into each other who happened to be Smith who was my closest championship contester, so a relief from my point of view in one way that I was going to finish in the top 4 which happened to be 3rd place at the chequered flag, and then when we parked up after the race we discovered that Budd that actually won the race had been penalised 15 seconds due to overtaking under yellow flags which pushed myself into P2 behind Peacock and bagged a massive haul of championship points. In fact out of 40 points available I managed to get 36 points so we now have extended our championship lead campaign even further with only 6 races to go.
The whole team were absolutely overjoyed and can’t wait for the next rounds at Brands Hatch Mini Festival in August Bank holiday weekend.
Thank you to Chris Harper and everyone at Mini Sport for the continued support and hop to keep going with the momentum we currently have.
All the Best
Mini Sport Miglia #29
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